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Dunwich Dynamo 2016

I'm toying with the idea of doing it this year but have never been before. My only return option is likely to be a coach but I'm slightly put off by the long queues that I've read about, and the idea of waiting around for all the loading/unloading. I'm not sure if my legs will be up for cycling over to Ipswich to catch the train, and I can't leave a car there the day before either. Are there any tips for making the coach journey as seamless as possible?

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  • marcusjbmarcusjb Posts: 2,412
    Brompton. Seriously. Goes in the hold of the coach rather than the trucks. No queues.
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,518
    Did it in 2014. Rode back to Ipswich and got the train to Stratford. Piece of cake - even though it absolutely hammered it down. Seriously - with 120 miles in your legs another 30 won't make that much difference - have a pint in the pub in Dunwich to carb up and get back on it. Don't bother with the coach - unless you hammer it out there and get on it early
    Fat chopper. Some racing. Some testing. Some crashing.
    Specialising in Git Daaahns and Cafs. Norvern Munkey/Transplanted Laaandoner.
  • I'm doing this for the first time this year.
    Hoping for the tailwind to stay...
  • mallorcajeffmallorcajeff Posts: 1,489
    Only just heard of this today! Got to say im pretty interested in giving it a try my big thing would be how do you see the potholes etc in the dark? Thats my concern
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,518
    I'm doing this for the first time this year.
    Hoping for the tailwind to stay...
    I'm doing it, but also planning on doing the Omanyd Hciwnud as well... so hoping there's no wind at all :lol:
    Fat chopper. Some racing. Some testing. Some crashing.
    Specialising in Git Daaahns and Cafs. Norvern Munkey/Transplanted Laaandoner.
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,518
    Only just heard of this today! Got to say im pretty interested in giving it a try my big thing would be how do you see the potholes etc in the dark? Thats my concern
    Lights?
    Fat chopper. Some racing. Some testing. Some crashing.
    Specialising in Git Daaahns and Cafs. Norvern Munkey/Transplanted Laaandoner.
  • mallorcajeffmallorcajeff Posts: 1,489
    Yes but lights to be seen are one thing. Lights "to see" are quite another and to spend £200 on a really bright light id never use again seems a bit pointless
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,518
    Yes but lights to be seen are one thing. Lights "to see" are quite another and to spend £200 on a really bright light id never use again seems a bit pointless
    Fair point, but I wouldn't worry. I did it two years ago with a Lezyne micro drive and was absolutely fine. The dead of night only really lasts about four hours at this time of year and even then, most of the route is on pretty decent road surfaces for the UK
    Fat chopper. Some racing. Some testing. Some crashing.
    Specialising in Git Daaahns and Cafs. Norvern Munkey/Transplanted Laaandoner.
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 7,808
    Yes I was going to say you wont need a light for that long and you could probably borrow one off a mate just for the event.
    [Castle Donington Ladies FC - going up in '22]
  • mallorcajeffmallorcajeff Posts: 1,489
    Ive got some leyzene normal lights. I went out and did 110 mile loop yesterday on my new bike and was only second outing on it so would be a good ride to do a week before the london prudentail 100 thingy or what ever its called. Think i may well turn up and ride this sounds a giggle,
  • condormancondorman Posts: 811
    I've done it for the last three years and found that a Cateye Opticube HL-EL135 is enough light even in the dead of night on an unlit country lane. Forecast is good for Saturday/Sunday.
    Condor Pista
    50x16
  • mallorcajeffmallorcajeff Posts: 1,489
    Just been sent for two weeks in newcastle snd got to drive there sunday for work monday morning gutted so im out :-(
  • jack_flapjack_flap Posts: 40
    Many people planning on cycling the return journey too?

    Considering it, but most likely going for an easier option - is there much chance of getting a bike on the train at Ipswich without booking/does it tend to be more bikes than spaces?
  • Wow, what a night that was! :mrgreen:
    In the diary for next year, 8th July...
  • pedarbypedarby Posts: 28
    You might have seen my post yesterday asking about all the cyclists heading through Epping on Saturday. It was all you nutters on the Dunwich Dynamo!!!

    Good effort and will give it a go next year.
  • stu227stu227 Posts: 31
    re potholes - I drove back along a bit of the route on Sat, had to wait for quite a while in one of the villages while riders passed me, and there must have been a big hole just opposite, because pretty much every rider cursed as they went over! But what a sight - a stream of thousands of bikes with lights pouring down country lanes in Essex. Doubt I'll ever be keen enough to do it, but serious chapeau to anyone who does!
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