Depends on what your local riding is like. My “gravel” bike is a hybridised 26″ MTB – rigid forks, flat bars and a pair of 650b wheels with 47mm Gravelking SKs on. Works for my local eastern Peak rubbly doubletrack/road mix without getting too out of shape when faced by the odd rock or bit of singletrack.
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Done variations on this before.
Couple of years back starting from langdale – Rossett Ghyll, Esk hause, Sty Head, Seatoller, Stake pass (but did the bridleway down the left of Langstrath). Ace descents, Rossett was as piggish (although strangely satisfying) as you’d expect. Stake pass not too bad – mostly a push rather than a carry.
Earlier this…[Read more]
This has been brewing in my mind for years now, but being out yesterday in the Peak after Saturdays rain really brought it home.
Why will SOOOO many walkers do nearly anything to avoid walking through water?
Last time I looked, any walking boot worthy of the name is waterproof, or near as dammit. Add gaiters and you’ve got short term…[Read more]
Can think of at least 3 cafes!
The bakery has a café area
There’s the corner place on the right just as you drive into the Wheelbase/Wilfs yard.
I’d imagine the corner place has wifi. Not been to Wilfs in ages and not been in the bakery long enough for it to be worth bothering looking for wifi. Bacon & egg cobs and the pastries there are ace.
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2 decent rides in. 3hr evening ride on the gravel bike once it stopped tipping it down.
Hope to Hayfield and back today. We’re on the ground but beautifully sunny.
What bike is it? 3:1 Leverage ratio on an air shock is always going to be sub optimal.
Back in ye day I had a couple of frames that had 3:1 leverage and even though I’m a 65kg skinny git I needed to run custom tuned coils to get them to work properly. I did try an air shock on 1 bike, but it lasted a matter of weeks before failing.
Foulstone road from behind the Strines Inn up to Bradfield Gate Head had a make over a year or 2 back and is now hardpack/rocks all the way up.
The path from there running along the edge all the way to WLT is a mix of stone slabs and hardpack/big drainage ditches (think like the remodelled lower bit of the WLT -> Cuthroat Bridge B-way).
What you…[Read more]
“best summer road bike” – the basics haven’t changed in decades. (aside from disc brakes). If its 130mm OLN rear wheel, any frame will take a modern groupset (or an appropriately NOS vintage one if that’s your bag) and it’s then all about the ride quality and an old bike may well be nicer than a new one. Mine’s (steel Enigma) just turned 5 and I…[Read more]
Invasion stripes, wing yellow leading edges and the mint band round the tail are all airbrushed, which I’m pretty chuffed with. Ballsed up the main canopy though – tried dipping it in Future, and it dried with a big sag in it and I struggled to clean it off. Sprayed it with Alclad gloss…[Read more]
Been a while since I’ve done it, but I used to do a route that was:-
Edale, Jaggers Clough, Roman Road/Potato Alley, Snake Pass, Doctors Gate, back road from Glossop by the golfcourse up to the main Hayfield Road, then up Middle Moor to the shooting cabins, down to Kinder Res, Broad Clough and Kinderlow end and then on to Jacobs to…[Read more]