Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Munising, Michigan, USA
Bikes: Priority Bicycles Eight
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gms, sorry, no pics. Didn't think to take any. Maybe next time. It'd be fun to have some photos.
Cfd, right now I'm running Schwalbe Big Apples in the 2.3" size. I have them set at 20 pounds pressure. That makes them soft enough to give some bump-absorption to the ride. I am also careful to lift my bum off the seat when I'm hitting bumps. I try to take the bumps with my legs. Sometimes I mess up on that. When I mess up badly, I feel it
Those railroad ties probably aren't as bad as you're imagining. The distance wasn't uniform, but in general the ballast was probably up to within a 2-3 inches of the top edge of each tie. (Some ties were busted up, and some stuck out more than others). I didn't ride the ties very long. After a couple hundred feet, I'd had enough of the constant thudding. I can't say that riding the ties was fun. I had to try it though
Edit: wheels, you asked about wheels. I am running Bontrager Rythm Comp wheels. No particular reason for that. They are what I had laying around when I built the bike. I like 'em though.