Now I've got a fixed gravel bike I'm thinking of setting up a site for gravel routes that can feasibly be ridden in a day, from Glasgow, without the need to drive (trains acceptable). Think Muirsheil, Whitelee, Cowal, Glentaggart, Mugdock, WHW, John Muir way, Kilpatrick Hills etc. Ideally I'm looking for a range of routes and some details so people can decide if it's suitable. Things like if a rider could get away with slick tyres or not, likelihood of mud, really steep climbs or difficult descents, distance etc. Not just for fixed gears. Essentially, they need to be routes that have been ridden so people know they can get through and won't be surprised by a 5 mile hike-a-bike across a Munro.
I'll probably start it as a RideWithGPS user and public routes and then decide if it's worth developing into something with a bit more of its own site, social media etc.
I have a couple of routes to get it started but does anyone have anything they'd be willing to share? I'm not on Strava so other methods preferable, but I'll redraw Strava routes if needed. Doesn't need to be a loop, as long as the start is accessible by train.
I've got a few I can share - komoot OK? I'll make them public and link them here
if I link strava routes, presumably you could pull down the .gpx files and reupload to RwGPS?
these are all GROAD routes - hard to avoid roads when you're riding out to access the gravel.
these are ones I've ridden and can attest to:
these ones I've only plotted and not tested, so am not sure to what extent some of the gnarlier plotted bits /go through/ - though you may have ridden some of the secteurs:
only done a few rides when up at my parents but keen to see what you manage to pull together for future trips.
I remember that ride being fun but that was a great winters day and first time doing a gravel ride back home. All done single speed so very much rideable. Parked up at Mugdock park but could ride from Glasgow easy.
This one was similar but also class. Apart from one bit through a swamp which I pictured on the ride, avoid that section at all costs and find another gravel route up to garadhban forest. There is a good gravel road used on the badger that links across.
That's awesome, thanks! I'll be giving appropriate credit so anyone who wants named is free to message me, otherwise I'll just be pointing out they're not all much routes and are just being collected together. If you're willing to provide a short write up, literslly just "Suitable for 25mm and above tyres, likely requires 30+mm gravel tyres, has been ridden fixed/SS" that'd be really helpful too. Obviously everyone's ability is different, so just aiming to provide a guide at the moment.
Pmccee, there's a small group of us on the Southside with "Gravel-capable" fixed gear/single-speed bike who are aiming to get out and do more gravel/off-road stuff. Feel free to let us know when you're around if you want to get out in a group. Same for you Cozey if you're looking to get out with others.
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