- Hard decisions to be made…
Im off for a weekend in cambridge, chasing tail 😉
the loverly young lady in question is a rower, and has let me know she will be required to help train some of the freshers on saturday afternoon.
this involves riding bikes chasing boats up and down the river,
she says “bring a bike or sit and wait at the boat house”
Ive decided my SS XtC hardtail with 105mm bombers on it would be the bike of choice,
im gonna go with 32:16 to get some spinning in
but most importantly
2.1″ Gravities (bit large?)
2.1″ Explorers (my good tyres, currently already on a bike, kind of ruling them out
1.5″ Cross country Mud tyres (expensive, not wanting to waste mud tyres on a towpath
1″ Ultra Gators (i understand this is quite a bumpy towpath
Decisions decisions 😉Posted 9 years agojfebMember
Bizarrely I have something constructive to add to this thread… the river bank in Cambridge is largely unpaved (it is tarmac and then hardcore for the first mile or so only) and gets very muddy. The mud is largely clay and very sticky. I once rode down there on Gravities and they turned in to hoops of mud almost resulting in my sliding in to the river on numerous occasions. Given all the rain we have had I bet the banks are pretty muddy so go for something that clears mud easily.
I should add that I haven’t been there for about 3 years so they might have paved more of it by now.Posted 9 years agotailsMember
Christ that first line scared me i live near cambridge, and was thinking why am i being chased. 😯
In answer to your question depends which part of the river. Could be grass or paved, I’d go for some old tyres. If it’s the grass bit I’m sure last time i passed the grass was knee high! But if i remember correctly where the boat house is you’ll be on paving as they’ll be rowing out of town.Posted 9 years agofurry_marmotMember
I graduated in ’03 but I gather they surfaced the entire towpath a couple of years ago so tyre choice is pretty redundant. I coached lady rowers for 3 years on a fully rigid GT with worn-out semi-slicks and never had any problems – but then again women don’t row that fast, more like assisted drifting… having said that, I did see a few nasty accidents on the towpath. some hilarious ones too, including where one of our bank-party got over-excited (M1 in the Mays, about to bump) and accidentally cycled into the river. anyway, back to your weekend… make sure you pull a nice long manual over Chesterton footbridge since you’ll be in full view and I’m sure they’ll love you for it. out of interest, which college is your friend at? I still have a few friends there coaching so may know her…Posted 9 years ago
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