Thank's again for some great input, I've been reading loads of the cycling mags that regularly feature training schemes to ride a sportive in a month etc. articles which concur with your recommendations.
The 5 mile route i'm currently using has a few small hills and I'm trying to keep my cadence high to get my legs in shape, I'm also working on trying to pull a bigger gear on subsequent rides while maintaining the same high cadence to build strength.
I'm still not fit enough to increase the distance much yet and as I'm only doing it by feel and a cycle computer Its hard to quantify my results, but my times are reducing as well as the ride getting easier even though I'm increasing my effort. I'm also recovering faster at the end of the ride which is a good sign.
I agree my next step should probably be to increase the ride duration whilst decreasing the efffort to try and build some stamina I'm looking at riding to work each day which is a 10 mile round trip.
I'm working towards getting fit enough to join the local club rides which are about 2 hours duration which will help.
I'd also like to have a go at a 10 with a target of 25-27 minutes..
As for the bikes I've got my 531 Raleigh Clubman in the ball park spec wise and the Carlton frame should be with me this week courtesy of Royal Mail.
I've been pulling loads of rear 6 and 7 speed cassettes apart and making my own 12-28 and 12-32's with tight high gears and a couple of climbing gears which has been fun, I've even got a 12-34 I've also found a 130 bcd 53/39 tooth for the front which should help with the hills and top speed.
Again I'm trying different things to see what I like. this will hopefully lead me to a set up for L'eroica 2014..
The spannering bit is easy its my body that needs the work
Keep em coming, John