+1 for DHB. Bibtights are great (thinking winter here), Sealskinz are great but neoprene overshoes are a gift from God. A decent buff (pirate ones are perfect), fleece headband/earwarmers are lovely. A decent baselayer from wiggle (buy one that's well long to make sure everything is covered). A decent jacket, the hi viz Altura ones are fine and cheapish. Don't forget lights. Deal extreme do a rechargeable blazing furnace front light for about 30 quid and although expensive, I swear by an Exposure flare at the rear at about 36 quid. Shades from Aldi at 2.99, their running socks are superb too and easily up to marathon distance at 2.99. Aldi also doing a wedgie pack and tool kit for something silly like 4.99.
And to tell my favourite old joke for all that valuable advice.
What do you call a Chinaman born between Dudley and Stourbridge?
If the grand sadist-meister is out of commission, I could put something together for Sunday morn if you want?
Any takers in addition to BM?
Can start Newlands for a bit of lumpiness (I've got an idea) or can go St Johns near Woking for something more humane with some nicely resurfaced roads in there. Not too lumpy but a couple of moderate gradients you won't need to get out of the seat for.