Ha, well there you go! Nice to speak again. Yep I agree, I need tyres, some mud and some time to play! Did you build the hubs up?
they were to be my first attempt at wheel building but i bottled it im afraid
having time is a bugger but a small bonus of living in brum is the canal network, evenings are getting lighter too, so if you ever fancy getting a few training miles in let me know
the lapworth loop can be quite cool and i find it physically demanding enough when the paths are dry, have also done it in winter with axle deep mud in places and its a killer
there is a shorter 22 milish loop too using the rivers to join the union and stratford canal
http://www.mapmyride.com/s/routes/view/ ... ham/564405