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Old 08-12-08, 07:54 AM   #1
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The club's all going out on Mtn bikes. I don't have one.

We are going up some road into the Mountains that they say is mostly cobblestones. Cars go up there. So I remind them of my touring bike. No suspension. But, semi knobby 35 mm tires. They tell me I'll be ok. So , I am going. I just don't care about off roading and playing in the dirt. I am a city person... Do you think a heavier frame touring bike with wider knobbies can cut it when all else are out on Mountain bikes. I have never seen this road. Hope I'll have fun .
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Old 08-12-08, 08:29 AM   #2
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Cobble stones? I wouldn't risk it. Rent an mtb perhaps?
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What comes to mind when I hear cobble stones, Roubaix.
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You'll be fine. Have fun! Mountain bikes did not always have suspensions, you know

(Just remember to keep your arms loose on the handlebars and to stand on the pedals to "float" over the really bumpy bits. If you cling to the bars you'll have trouble. Let your arms and knees be the shock absorbers that your bike frame does not have).
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You'll be fine. Have fun! Mountain bikes did not always have suspensions, you know

(Just remember to keep your arms loose on the handlebars and to stand on the pedals to "float" over the really bumpy bits. If you cling to the bars you'll have trouble. Let your arms and knees be the shock absorbers that your bike frame does not have).
Depends on the "Smoothness" of the cobbles but Suspension takes a bit of effort out of your cycling. If it is like a full offroad ride- you will struggle- but a road a "Normal" car can drive along is doable on a road bike. Wider tyres at a slightly low pressure and you will be fine. Unless it is raining and muddy- I would not worry about the Knobblies either. And take it easy on the downhills to preserve your wheels.
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You're missing out on a wonderful opportunity:

The club's all going out on Mtn bikes. You don't have one. Now's your chance to hit on all their wives!
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We are going up some road into the Mountains that they say is mostly cobblestones. Cars go up there. So I remind them of my touring bike. No suspension. But, semi knobby 35 mm tires. They tell me I'll be ok. So , I am going. I just don't care about off roading and playing in the dirt. I am a city person... Do you think a heavier frame touring bike with wider knobbies can cut it when all else are out on Mountain bikes. I have never seen this road. Hope I'll have fun .
Listen,mate never do anything that you really don't want to do deep down in your gut. This
ride is placing a lot of peer pressure on you to do something your post says you really don't
care to participate in so don't do it. Your club buddies will just have to understand you'll
sit this one out. If the don't then time to look for a new club or new riding buddies.
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Yes, 35mm tires are wide enough for this use.
I've found that rock strewn and tree rooted trails are a poor use for road tires (mine are 700x32 cyclocross tires). Smooth trails and dirt roads are a perfect match for your tires.
Your only concern would be how steep are these road/trails, do you have the gearing to keep with the mountain bikes?
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