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  • eightyeight
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    Never done this before, so really not sure what bike to use.

    Would it be *absolutely* ridiculous to do this on a road bike (Scott s30)? Given the amount of carrying involved, I’m starting to think this would be preferable to a FS AM MTB.

    I know neither of the bikes are idea, but them be all I got! Thinking I can tweak the road bike.

    Thoughts/shouts of derision welcome

    paul78
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    If you have the option take a CX bike and a mountain bike and decide on the day … this year it was rock hard and mountain bikes were killing it on the descents .. year before it was a mud fest and cx bikes were the best choice.

    … whatever the conditions you’ll die on a road bike πŸ™‚

    Junkyard
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    Bring the road bike. My e-mail is in profile and I will film it πŸ˜€

    NOT THE ROAD BIKE – I would rather ride my kids bike tbh than my road bike round there

    Premier Icon steveoath
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    First timer here too. I plan on rigid 29er in 1×10 mode. Just got a set of on one newest carbon fork offering, shitt!ngly light! (Instead of the virtually not moving lumps of crap that are on the bike at the moment!).

    Also – spd or not?

    Premier Icon Bregante
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    Another HtN first timer. I’m going to use this.


    Untitled by redmancunian69, on Flickr

    Now fitted with an Alfine.

    nikxl
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    Rode the old course on my x bike the other week and it was fine, back in feb it was a nightmare. Dave Haygarth rode half on his cross bike and half on his MTB and IIRC said there was next to nothing in it

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    Not the road bike.

    eightyeight
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    … whatever the conditions you’ll die on a road bike

    Ha! That’s the end of that idea then.

    I know this might seem like a list of the least appropriate bikes, but I’ve got a mate who will lend me a Surly Long Haul Trucker…? No…ok.

    MTB it is – thanks all

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    On the whole lap there is about 20m of carrying. The other 4 miles you can ride.

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    Now fitted with an Alfine.

    quitter!

    Last year someone who had presumably done HTN before brought a rigid with some proper skinny tyres, something like 1.5″. Bet his/her hands hurt at the end

    Not the road bike, bring any mountain bike and a sense of humour πŸ™‚

    eightyeight
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    Not the road bike, bring any mountain bike and a sense of humour

    Don’t worry, i’ll have that in abundance. Nothing funnier than pretending you don’t care you’re last. A hoot!

    forlodge1
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    I’m a HTN first timer as well, i’ll be on MTB, aiming for last place

    Premier Icon ctznsmith
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    First timer here too.

    Will be on this with 29er wheels/tyres.

    Sense of humour, check! I’m terrible on a mountain bike and am rapidly running out of time for ‘practice’ before hand.

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    If you are aiming to survive rather than win take whatever bike you feel most confident on, but not the road bike. The course is varied and the winner will be the best athlete, not the best bike.

    In my case it would be my 5” travel full susser. I’m quicker on my CX but I’m not the most skilful rider on it and some bits of the course give me β€œthe fear” and I’m not a big fan of some of the climbs on my SS.

    I’m not doing it BTW. I’m not daft.

    Premier Icon ourmaninthenorth
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    I last rode it on this. A 1970s road bike converted to SSCX.


    HitTheNorth_CX_225 by Ed Rollason Photography, on Flickr

    Premier Icon Bregante
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    quitter!

    Yep.

    Got some manitou 29ers in the garage too :mrgreen:

    bikebouy
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    SS29er with a spinny gear, thats me that is.

    Premier Icon ourmaninthenorth
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    FWIW – for long and boring reasons, I shan’t be riding this one (but will marshal instead).

    Time to buy some…cowbells..!

    Premier Icon terrahawk
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    I’m a HTN first-timer πŸ˜‰ and I’ll be doing it on a rigid 29er with carbon wheels and 2″ wide tubs…

    Premier Icon ourmaninthenorth
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    I’m a HTN first-timer

    Double heckling for you then sonny πŸ˜†

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    If you can fit the MTB wheels to the road bike it’ll be perfik.
    Or the other way round.
    Doesn’t matter really.

    And all you last place wannabees can go and piss up a rope.
    I OWN last place, alright?

    Can we get a posse together to mock the last lap lurkers?

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Going for a quick lap tonight actually. πŸ˜€

    sambob
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    I’ve not ridden my bike properly since September. That last place is MINE.

    Junkyard
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    Going for a quickmoderatley paced lap tonight actually

    FTFY πŸ˜‰

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    All this talk of last place isn’t fooling anyone. Come 9:58 on race day you’ll all be like this.

    eightyeight
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    I can’t see that pic Harry, but I can only imagine it’s a picture of me shaking like a shi*ing dog?

    Did both my collar bones in mid-November, so HTN might be the firest time I jump on my bike again! Joy!

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    I’ll try again.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    They’ll catch their deaths riding dressed like that.

    The chafing doesn’t bear thinking about.

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    That’s the queue for the pre-race porridge. πŸ˜€

    simondbarnes
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    I’ll be pootling around at the back on this…


    Felt F65x by simondbarnes, on Flickr

    Although maybe with different wheels if I feel like running tubs.

    that;s a pretty bike Simon…

    Does anyone have a route map of last year?? Not been and would like to have an explore before Christmas

    Premier Icon sefton
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    rigid 26 HT for me!

    Premier Icon 154hopperavenue
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    If it snows like last year I’d worry more about the car you’re driving than the bike you’re riding…..

    Thanks for starting this thread, another opportunity for shameless self-promotion….
    Not me on the picture BTW

    Looking forward to it.

    h4muf
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    I cracked my ‘cross frame in 2011’s race πŸ™

    29er FTW this year!

    Premier Icon ComradeD
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    im riding a turner 5 spot.

    bring it on

    i’ll be on my genesis fortitude but not expecting coming anything but last πŸ˜†

    Wozza
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    Intense Tracer, I might even up the back end to 160mm just for the hell of it.

    Tyres are more important than the bike. I did it on 2.5 Bonty XR4s last year, I was bloody knackered. They’re coming off and some Mud X are going on.

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    The course was brilliant last night.

    If we get a big freeze on race day it wil be as fast as a fast thing. Even if it is wet the new stuff will be epic.

    1000m of unbroken berms and jumps anyone?

    Premier Icon binners
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    Can we not have a specific ‘fat bastard on a completely unnecessary full-susser’ category this year Harry?

    I think we need our contribution acknowledging*

    * our contribution obviously being to put large slow-moving obsticles in the way of the race whippets on bloody CX bikes! πŸ˜‰

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