- Trans-Pennine Trail – what bike?
After several months of pain, treatment & recovery following me shattering my left humerus (no it wasn’t funny) 12 month ago, I’m now setting myself a goal of getting back into the saddle and recovering my fitness.
I’ve only been riding again (commuting to work, a grand total of 3 miles each way) for the last 2 days but I’m planning on doing the Trans-Pennine Trail with a couple of friends sometime in the next 12 months.
So what sort of bike should I get for it? I’m thinking of a 29er HT and open to any suggestions really but will want something capable of mounting racks to and would like a bit of bounce at the front too. The plan will be to stop at B&B’s, pubs, etc and do it in 4-6 days (we’re not hurrying and want to take in a bit of the scenery) so won’t need to carry camping equipment.
But (there’s always a ‘but’) I also want a bike that’ll be fun pre & post TPT ride, something I can have a bit a fun with around the occasional trail centre, maybe a blast off piste too.
The only other deciding factor will be price as I don’t want to spend huge amounts on it, probably £1500 max.
Moon on a stick?Posted 4 years agomidlifecrashesSubscriber
Just buy whatever bike you fancy for the long term, it’ll be fine for the TPT. I live in Doncaster and use it regularly as a traffic free route in and out of town, there’s a lot of different surfaces, but none that need a knobbly tyre, though lots are slimy and horrid after heavy rain. Only one that failed was a road bike with guards that got jammed solid with mud. My go to bike these days is a tourer with 2″ big apple slicks and they are perfect for me. There will be a way of getting enough luggage on practically any 29er hardtail bar a crazy light xc machine.Posted 4 years agopauleMember
I rode the whole lot in a day 2 weeks back to raise cash for Sheffield children’s hospital…. Did it on a kaffenback with a front cross tyre and rear 28c road tyre (for a bit more speed)- both at reasonably hard pressures to avoid pinch flats.
Was pretty comfy, other than sore hands at the end – If I wasn’t doing a massive ride over it, a 29er hardtail or a cross bike with big softish tyres would work best I think.Posted 4 years agotrailhound101Member
I bought my On-One 45650b for exactly this kind of stuff – (pennine bridle way). Two minutes to pop the rack on and off to convert from work horse to trail tool – simples. (PS I’m still recovering from cracked scapula/rib job earlier this year and the big wheels, wide tyres, tubeless, with front suspension is ride all day comfortable.)Posted 4 years ago
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