Yeah, a guy on the trail said the tyres were ‘optimistic’, his group were all on trendy disc g-road type things, a caad, a ti Reilly etc - I said that 23s were doing well and that discs brakes were nonsense... might have been a bit rude now I think about it 😬
(I did get a pinch flat a few miles later and rushed to change the tube before they caught us - serves me right I guess)
I’d do it again on 23c’s - it felt fast...
I’ll dig it out in a bit - it was Southwark to Richmond Park, then a ‘ferry’ over the Thames at Ham, then onto something called the Saturn Trail (which got really overgrown, nettles up to the elbows and super narrow path - wish I’d taken a picture but couldn’t stop) then joined Sustrans 223 - Downs Link which is soo much fun!
This is making me feel much better about using my old CAAD for touring with 28c's, bravo.
Last time I went touring I was on 25c Vittoria Corsa SC... 👍🏻👍🏻
I somehow got away with 500 miles around Scotland bikepacking with 23mm Veloflexes without a single puncture a few years ago. Heaven knows how.
Edit: cue someone chiming in about doing the Tour Divide on track tubs.
Doing gravel paths on 23s is fine as long as you're prepared to deal with the hassle of fixing punctures.
But kudos for taking a bike with super fancy paintwork on this ride!! I would have been terrified of getting loads of stone chips.
So hitting the pot hole that caused my pinch flat has knocked the wheel out and most of the nipples seem to be rounded off, had the wheel trued at the lbs but will likely rebuild it in a few weeks... a trued and slightly dished rear looked a lot happier within the chainstays so I tried refitting the 25c tyres and they were still close but then tried some 27c open pave and weirdly they’re perfect! 👍🏻🎉
Dynamo Dun... got lost, found an amazing route - didn’t see anyone except the two mates I was with for 80miles... 🤷♂️👍🏻
Found a new commute route that keeps me away from the nightmare junctions of Lewisham outside the train station and also means I pass Seabass Cycles - I stopped in the other week and they have my old Lo-pro! Very tempted to have it back as it was great fun... shame it got stripped down as I’d got it period and component correct for the Dutch national team rider it was built for... 🤷♂️
Rear wheel needs a rebuild, slightly out again and it’s taken the paint of the inside of the chainstay 🤦♂️😥
At least you caught it when you did and it didn't cause more damage. Is the carbon underneath okay?
The rear spoke of my crank bros wheelset snapped in spectacular fashion, and before I had a chance to stop properly about 1.5" of paint was taken off the chainstays/seatstays of my frame :(
Yeah I’ll keep riding it, it’s gone through the paint and I can feel an edge with my fingernail from where the casing on the Vittoria changes to rubber... ah well...
How many psi were you using? Tried this a few months back and lasted 5 miles until I flatted... then flatted again .. was on about 40 psi (twice) and had a pinch flat. Dick!
Erm, no idea to be honest - pumped them up to about 80psi a few weeks before the ride... 🤷♂️ Guess I could have got it back to 40ish with the pump I took with me, survived the rest of the ride 👍🏻
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