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Re: Heading for Exmoor - footwear required

8 February 2015 - 11:06am
I regularly bike and hike. My recommendation would be flat pedals and a light weight fabric boot (preferably gortex lined). I like Salamon but any make should work well. The important thing to check is that there is sufficient movement in the cuff to allow peddling. They are also got for winter/wet riding. I know people who walk rough terrain in trainers and others that will only do the same walk in three season leather boots you might need to give some thought for what will work for the type of walking you do. There may have to be some compromise. Hope this helps.

Re: Heading for Exmoor - footwear required

8 February 2015 - 10:23am
I walked this walk the other week and am here to report that the marked paths were for the most part, little streams. Armed with that info, you may choose to take with you, your most water-proof option...Dunkery Beacon.jpg

Re: Heading for Exmoor - footwear required

8 February 2015 - 9:42am
Love them or hate them....

Shimano MT90

I do a lot of investigation of barrows, stione circles and churches, so I find these a reasonable compromise between a walking boot and a cycling shoe

They are good at both tasks, but not perfect

A little heavy compared to shoes

The cleat can cause problems if you are scrambling

Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

8 February 2015 - 1:17am
Just reviving this thread to suggest tubeless as an alternative. I've had two flat in a year since going tubeless, and one of them was a dented rim and the other a sidewall tear.

Re: Heading for Exmoor - footwear required

8 February 2015 - 12:04am
You might find some of the coastal walks interesting on Exmoor, most of the moor proper has been farmed up.
If you can ever get further south to Dartmoor this is walking heaven, so much more to see in views as well as antiquities.
Depending on your bike boots I know there are plenty tracks on Exmoor for cycling even more on Dartmoor.
If you are cycling 50 miles to start you must be staying over night

Re: Heading for Exmoor - footwear required

7 February 2015 - 10:03pm
Moving on,
I think lightweight boots are the way to go. My Brashers weigh in at 1490 grams (a pair). Modern lightweight boots seem to be about a half that weight.
For a test sample, see:
http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/gear-featu ... 278-3.html

Re: Heading for Exmoor - footwear required

7 February 2015 - 9:21pm
I usually secure my bike to a fence post or tree, or suchlike. I try to leave it out of sight of the road, and keep my fingers crossed that it'll still be there on my return. As it's my No 3 bike, a 15 year-old Raleigh, I think it's a risk worth taking.

Re: Heading for Exmoor - footwear required

7 February 2015 - 9:13pm
Where are you leaving your bike
Cycling shoes would not be good for walking due to lack of waterproofness unless you are going in summer.
I would carry some lightweight sturdy walking boots with me.

Heading for Exmoor - footwear required

7 February 2015 - 8:07pm
I’m the proud owner of several books suggesting Exmoor Walks. Unfortunately, starting from Wellington, the starting point for these walks normally includes about 50 miles of cycling, out and back. My heavyweight Brasher boots are fine for walking, but aren’t so good for cycling. Can anybody recommend suitable waterproof footwear for my self-imposed biathlons? Should I take a big leap and buy some (expensive?) Mountain Bike SPD boots/pedals? Or perhaps I should just take the cheaper option - take the boots in my pannier bag?

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

6 February 2015 - 2:43pm
I don't know if this is true as I never bothered to verify it but was told off by little old lady for preparing to ride off on my MB in a pedestrian area.
Apparently in Germany anyone who commits a traffic offense on a bike and has a driving license for a car lost points on the license.
Seems like a very sensible idea and no I don't know what happens if you don't have a license.
Perhaps better not to ask.

Re: New to mountain bikes but willing to learn

6 February 2015 - 11:04am
FWIW,I'd keep the Galaxy for the commute,it'll be more practical than an MTB unless your commute is all serious off road stuff.
I'd fit a more comfortable tyre than M+'s,the comfort factor will rocket,but only if you're prepared for the odd puncture.
I'd recommend Vittoria Randonneur Pro as wide as the frame will take with adequate clearances:- http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/TYVTRNDP/v ... lding-tyre

I dithered for ages over an MTB and finally bought a Genesis Longitude,I didn't want the hassle of maintaining suspension,even though I'm a 62year old living a beat up body from a life time of hard manual labour.
That said I was slightly wrong in that the more rougher trails were giving my back and dodgy hip a beating leaving me sore despite the 29x2.4in tyres run at low pressures,so I bought a Cane Creek LT Thudbuster,magic carpet ride and the problem solved.
Total cost £840(though list price is £1000)for the bike,£108 for the seat post.I've also swapped the handlebars and saddle as the standard ones didn't suit but that's personal choice.
I'm loving the Genesis it does everything I want .

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

2 February 2015 - 10:30am
As a "burly" chap myself it's not just mtb's on the pavement that i notice around South Yorks, its the sheer amount of kit they seem to need.
They seem to be dressed for an ascent of Everest while riding around the cycle paths in the local area.
Camelbak's, rucksacks full of stuff, body armour.
Their cycling the same canal tow paths and surfaced ex train lines as i am.
Me, middle aged MAMIL on a self built hybrid with a couple of bananas and a flapjack in my back pocket and some juice in my drink bottle.
I'm on nodding terms with two 30 something MTB riders on my estate that drive their bikes to Kiverton Park, cycle the canal towpath to Worksop and back then drive home. It's my regular saturday trip, without the driving.
It's only 6 miles of quiet back roads to Kiverton but when i suggested they cycle there and back the response was scary.
"Too dangerous to ride on the roads around here, my missus wouldn't let me out" .
However at least their cycling.......

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

1 February 2015 - 8:52pm
Well no, it's not absolutely at all. Just because a few people you know don't like riding on fast roads and dual carriage roads doesn't mean that "many of these" MTB'ers expect other cyclist to get off the road.

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

1 February 2015 - 8:41pm
Sum wrote:[
Really? Most cyclists I know, MTB'ers or otherwise, expect to ride on the road.

Absolutely, I can think of several people I know who have taken up cycling as a way of "getting fit"Have got good quality bikes through the various tax schemes, but would not dream of riding on a fast road, or dual carriageway

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

1 February 2015 - 8:17pm
Ru88ell wrote:As I cycle far and wide I keep noticing the same thing; why are there groups of fully kitted up MTB'ers riding on the pavements?
Are you saying there is a disproportionate number of MTB'ers riding on the pavement in your area, much more than compared to the other categories of cyclists? I haven't seen the same in my area. I see the odd kitted-out MTB'er cycling on the pavement but then I see plenty of other cyclists riding on the pavement as well. I can't say I've spotted a trend.
Cunobelin wrote:Because many of these are the same ones who will expect you to cycle on the pavement when they are in their cars.
Really? Most cyclists I know, MTB'ers or otherwise, expect to ride on the road.

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

31 January 2015 - 10:07am
I ride up to the chase - nice pleasant ride on scenic roads, even a few bits of secret singletrack on the way to have a warm up on . Down side is though, it wears your expensive tyres out a bit quicker.

I'm unconvinced about the argument re-riding on the pavements on these twisty country roads, very few country roads have pavements around here. Likewise the argument that MTBers are slower than road riders...maybe true if you believe that the only kind of road rider in existence is the full-on roadie-lyrca-sportsbike type.

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

31 January 2015 - 10:00am
Because many of these are the same ones who will expect you to cycle on the pavement when they are in their cars.

There is a significant minority who expect this to be that case, and when they get on a bike carry it out

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

30 January 2015 - 11:43pm
MTBers that I have met at Cannock Chase never ride road out of fear and stick to driving there even though the place is on there doorstep!
Weekends I often see riders Walk and Cycle on the narrowest bit of pavement ever created I cycle to Birmingham town centre catch a train up then Cycle to the Chase. The roads are country narrow type roads and drivers think it's race track! Even the ones with bikes on top of the cars!

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

30 January 2015 - 6:46pm
I ride both disciplines.

I ride on the road when doing MTB on my own but when leading a group ride I go up empty pavement sections whenever possible. MTB riders are generally used to riding in single file on group rides unlike roadie groups who quite often seem to double up to take up the space of a car (no objection it's safer).

There's also (generally) a greater speed differential between MTB's and cars compared to roadies and cars. Plus quite often road parts of MTB routes tend to be on more remote twisty country lanes. These mean cars are often very close far more quickly than they thought they would be, and through no actions of the riders. This can lead to some scary moments.

Another reason is that, rightly or wrongly, it can be frustrating for cars to have to wait behind a single row of 6 or 7 much slower moving vehicles so being on the pavement avoids that which can lead to conflict.

Don't forget aswell, on an MTB ride the roads are really just a an annoying distraction from the real fun. They serve 3 purposes: getting to the trails; connecting the trails; and getting home from the trails. There's no technical challenge riding along a road on an MTB (unless you count potholes!) Road sections are usually a chance to take a breather, have a catch up, rehydrate, etc.

It's totally different for me on the roadie I feel much more visible to other road users & part of the traffic flow, which is a lot more comfortable.

Re: Are mtb tyres changing?

29 January 2015 - 4:58pm
Would say the Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro is probably the closest you would get to the old Panaracer.


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