West Highland Way – bike choice?
Generally I would say it doesn’t matter too much but largely depends on if you’re doing the hike a bike up the side of Loch Lomond. In which case lightweight would win the day for me-I’ve done it on an old Giant anthem full sus and on a Cotic soul, both with 2.35’s. Both were easy/light to carry which made a massive difference to how I felt by the time I got to Crianlarich.Posted 3 years agomintimperialSubscriber
The perfect bike for the WHW would be one that could convert into a hovercraft to bypass the **** stupid hike up the side of Loch Lomond.
(I did it on a Cotic Soul, which was fine, but a light short-travel full-sus 29er mile-muncher type thing would probably be the best option for it.)Posted 3 years agoRetromudMember
I’d echo the carrying bit as most important… Route has a bit of everything from uber tech to mile munching forest road, something that climbs well is important too. The descent just after Bridge of Orchy (carn a mhaim I think) was one of the unexpected highlights for me – a lot of people miss this out and follow the road round when faced with the climb from behind the hotel.Posted 3 years agothursdayshirtsMember
I did it on a trek ex8 full sus 26,just used lighter tyres than normal. My dad at 55 got halfway on a 29 hardtail and had to give up cos it was to rough for him. Oh and you can’t say you’ve done the west Highland way if you don’t do the side of Loch lomond 😉 it does suck though.Posted 3 years ago
When you get to Killin, you can take the wee road up Glen Lochay then the hydro track/road over to Loch Lyon.
Or head to Innerwick, over the hills to Loch Rannoch and then you can take the old “Road to the Isles” to Rannoch Station, Corrour and out via Glen Nevis.Posted 3 years agoKunstlerMember
I’ve done the hike a bike and have also done the ferry/road (in July – wasn’t too bad but I’m used to riding in traffic). Next time I’ll do the hike a bike.
The whole Loch Lomond stretch is pretty demanding but also quite entertaining as a ride. A heck of a lot more so than heading up the Rob Roy Way to Killin, however it might just break you towards the end of it.
Bike? I did it on 456 evo. Lighter would have been nicer but hey ho, it’s what I’ve got. I have a couple of mates who used to do it annually over three days. One on a Lapierre Spicy the other on a rigid singlespeed.Posted 3 years agohousehusbandSubscriber
Another route in that region ideal for summer when WHW is mobbed. – http://www.threelochsway.co.uk/
Have only had a quick glance but much of that seems similar to the route that Cameron McNeish walked on ’The Adventure Show’ as he walked The Western Way. Got me thinking what it’d be like by bike…Posted 3 years agou02sgbSubscriber
We did the Three Lochs Way as part of a day bikecamping from Glasgow to Arrochar last April. Not for the faint of heart if you’re carrying camping gear. There aren’t any bits as bad as the Loch Lomond side carry though.
I think it’s the Killouter Escarpment that was a bit of a challenge fairly near the start. A bit of hike a bike here and there too. Still enjoyed it though. Would recommend it if you’re up for a bit of pushing/carrying. Would likely be much less challenging without a loaded bike.
The next two days were spent going down the Cowal Way to Portavadie. I’ll just describe that as “not for bikecamping”.
There’s a “Three Lochs Way” app that has some good info in it.Posted 3 years agocbikeMember
Improvements ongoing on 3LW as funding becomes available. It’s not single track but good for getting places/bad weather alternative. Keeps my folks and their retired chums off the streets.
If you have done it please review at tripadvisor and if you have stay with accommodation providers let them know. Some of them helped build it.Posted 3 years ago
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