- Liverpool – Leeds Canal, whats it like?
The surface of the Leeds-Liverpool canal is generally wet and doesn’t support the weight of a bicycle and rider well.
Oh, sorry – you meant the towpath surface???
Generally reasonable, can be muddy in places but given the recent weather I can’t see that happening. You’ll need dog-shit, condom and hypodermic needle-proof tyres for the urban sections, especially on the Blackburn – Colne run…Posted 4 years ago
It’s 127 miles i believe, starting at 4am in Liverpool.
It’s doable for at least one of them as he’s an ironman entrant and a bit nuts!
One other lad is 20 and should have loads of pent up energy as he’s single 🙂
It’s the organiser i’m worried about, he bought a bike at the beginning of the year and carcked on with this idea, he’s done a maximun of 60 miles in one go riding canals ets but no proper hill work. I did tell him to hit the climbs to train but he said they hurt too much 🙄
So, will a skinny tyred bike do you reckon?Posted 4 years agomartinhutchSubscriber
I can only talk about my local section – between Bank Newton and Bingley – which is a mixture of grass and good gravel with the odd rooty bit. Not much mud around at the moment, obviously.
A skinny tyre will ‘do’, and be a positive advantage on some bits, but will be a tad uncomfortable here and there on my section.Posted 4 years ago
RS – Cake would be wonderful, if you can manage to ride just a ‘little’ faster than the three and drag them along whilst waving cake at them it would be helpful! 😆
Setting off from ‘pool at 4am so not really sure how long it’s going to take. The organising chappy reckons on 16 hrs which i think is being ubercritical, shouldn’t take more than 12 i think.Posted 4 years ago
Certainly, i did the C2C in 10hrs 45 min rolling time and that’s got a wee bit of climbing thrown in!traildogMember
The surface is mixed, some places are well surfaced and others quite muddy. The well surfaced places are generally gravel and cobbles, so a 23 tyre is ok on these although not the most comfy and slightly puncture risky. However, the muddy bits will be a bit of a challenge.
Some mates of mine did it recently, doing the trans pennine trail one day and then back on the leeds liverpool the following day. All except one were on heavy touring tyres on cross bikes, so 28 or 32s. One had 23 tyres on and he struggled and ended up having to take the road to avoid some sections. So it’s do-able but not ideal.
If you cannot fit larger tyres then if I was you I’d probably take the mountain bike although you will then be ‘over-biked’. Just seen your post about 28 tyres on a boardman – this sounds far more suitable a bike. Just stay in one gear if that’s your thing 🙂
I would certainly take a lot of tubes, there are a lot of thorns on the country bits and a lot of glass on the town bits!Posted 4 years agotmb467Subscriber
did it twice many years ago, once over 2 days to test the route and once in 1 day for the actual charity event
left ‘pool at 5am, got to leeds about 8pm with reasonably fit riders but there were others who took much longer (18hrs for the last guy through, unfit but carrying lots of food/water/lights cos he knew it would be hard)
one lad did it on skinny tyres…said it hurt a bit but was do-able (except when he slipped and fell in). If you make it in 12 hrs on skinny wheels then thats some going if you’re even of reasonable fitness, especially between Barnoldswick and Silsden (no path to speak of whatsover – just grass and uneven muddy tracks)
there’s no path going through Burnley – you have to come off and find your way back onto the canal again (not easy if you’ve not done it before) and also at the Foulridge tunnel, but thats signpostedPosted 4 years ago
I’m doing a charity ride on saturday from Liverpool to Leeds along the canal, and i’m wondering what the majority of the surface is like.
Ideally i’d like to take my SS Mango (700x23c) but if the surface is pretty bas then i’ll have to take a mtb as i don’t have any CX tyres.
It’s not a particularly gruelling ride for a regular cyclist but the three lads who’ve organised it are all newbies and haven’t done anything like this before so it could be tough for them.Posted 4 years ago
I’m providing rolling tech support with tools etc in case of mechanicals/punctures etc.FunkyDuncMember
I cant see it being that muddy at the minute, but the knock on effect of that is that it will be pretty hard.
No one has mentioned above, but you HAVE got a bell havent you ??
Seriously you need one.
The thing I find hard about the canal is that you get in to a rhythm but then have to slow for bridge/people/narrowing etcPosted 4 years agocarlosgMember
I did the canal in a day with a mate a few years back for charity , it took us from 6.30am to 9.30pm with about an hour and a halfs worth of breaks/meal stops.
The only real climb on the route is around Wigan where there’s about 25 or so locks spread over a fair distance (not really steep) and the section just before Skipton wasn’t surfaced and mainly grass although this might have changed since we did it. If you are in the Leeds area and want to borrow a pair of Specialized 700/45 I have a pair you can lend.
I ended up wearing a 2″ patch of skin off my perineum(very ouchy 😯 ) despite regular applications of petroleum jelly to my nether regions so be prepared.Posted 4 years agoB.A.NanaMember
and the section just before Skipton wasn’t surfaced and mainly grass although this might have changed since we did it.
Barnoldswick to keighley is still almost all on grass and/or rough unmade earth, exception where it’s surfaced are short bits thru skipton and Bradley (Polish Memorial). it’s all good and solid/dry at the moment (I commuted Bingley to Skipton today).
keighley to Leeds is almost all on tarmac/aggregate.Posted 4 years agomidlifecrashesSubscriber
A hilly canal, earlier.
Done a fair bit of canal bashing on the Fargo recently on 2″ Big Apples and Marathon Extreme DD 42s. The Big Apples only really suffer in wintry slime, the big contact patch usually finds something to hold on to in most other conditions. The Marathons are less comfy on smooth tarmac stuff by not being slick, but you don’t get the occasional awkward skid on wet grass.Posted 4 years ago
Silly thing is, my rear tyre is completely slick!
Oh well, will be ‘interesting’ at least.
I’m having to stuff a large bar bag with tools etc because I’m pretty sure no one else will have any. That’s my job for the day then..
Do have a bell on the Boardman so no worries there, but its going to be a long day. The girls are driving support for us (i wanted to stop at pubs etc) and will be rattling collecting buckets at the arranged stops.Posted 4 years agoprojectMember
Done the liverpool to ormskirk bit a few times, bumpy, flat and watch out for the slippy bridge at Bootle, where the path crosses from one side to the other side of the canal, its metal checker plate and slippy there are also gaps in the plates, Bootle is just outside liverpool, next to the high rise flats.Posted 4 years ago
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