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Old 07-20-15, 05:55 PM
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Crater Lake with Road bike vs Commuter?

Buddy wants to bring bikes on a road trip north and bike crater lake. I have a dedicated road bike with Clipless pedals and shoes, would make walking around town tuough but the ride easy. I also have a commute bike like below, heavier, with pedal cages to use any shoes, also have a rack and fold out panniers.

Is that gonna be brutal to bike 30+ miles on the commuter especially if my buddy has a road bike with spd pedals and hybrid walking/cycling shoes.

I could bring shoes but would have to either get a backpack or find a rack and pannier setup OR put SPD pedals I have and run my spin cycling shoes which aren't the best for walking in either.

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Old 07-20-15, 09:42 PM
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You could use your road bike with mountain bike/city type clipless pedals and shoes (w/ recessed clips).
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I just did the Crater Lake rim last week. There is quite a lot of climbing, including some long grades of 8-10%, so I would never want to do it on a commuter. There are almost no flat spots on the ride - you are either climbing or descending. Also, there is no town on the rim (one of the beautiful things about the ride) and only one spot (the Lodge), where you would actually need to walk other than over to the edge to take a photo. I recommend you park at the lodge, do the loop (clockwise is best), and then when you finish, you can change into shoes at your vehicle to explore the lodge. Water stops are limited, especially on the back side, so make sure you bring two bottles and top up in the few places you can. There is no food anywhere on the loop. There are some gravel stretches where they are working on the road, but I think the longest stretch of gravel was less than half a mile.

I do recommend the short side trip climb up to Cloud Cap Overlook, which is gorgeous and gives you the best view of the whole lake. Once you pass Cloud Cap, be careful on the descents. The road from Cloud Cap down to Vidae Falls is rougher and there were some spots with rockfall on the road. From Vidae Falls you have a tough climb back up to the Lodge.

I'd also try to leave early in the morning and on a weekday if you can, as there is very little traffic at that time, even during summer. BTW, the views are spectacular...



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Old 07-20-15, 10:35 PM
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I'd go road bike. I did, and because of the elevation, and perhaps because I was having a rough day for whatever reason, it was still hard enough.
Stop lots, treat it like a sight seeing trip and not a ride. You'll be glad you did. That place is amazing!


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Those views looked amazing!

Main reason for the commuter because in our stops in Seattle and Portland, having a bike with carry stuff would be useful. Suppose I could see if the rear rack will mount to my road bike or find a cheap set of recessed SPD.

My buddy hasnt ridden anything more than 20 and is 6'3 bout 215lbs, not sure if he's ready for that either hahah!
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Old 07-20-15, 11:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Psychbiker View Post
Buddy wants to bring bikes on a road trip north and bike crater lake. I have a dedicated road bike with Clipless pedals and shoes, would make walking around town tuough but the ride easy.
If I remember right, there isn't much of a town at Crater Lake. A lodge, and that is just about it.

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You could use your road bike with mountain bike/city type clipless pedals and shoes (w/ recessed clips).


There are a few hikes you can do.

There is a nice hike down to the Wizard Island Boat Launch (I never made it to Wizard Island, but I've hiked down there a few times).

Anyway, it depends on how much time you plan to spend on and off of the bike, but the SPD type shoes and cleats work well for moderate walking. A bit stiff, and perhaps slippery, but not too bad.
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The overlooks are all just pull outs off the road with little more than an occasional sidewalk to cross, so road shoes would be fine. SPD if you got em or loath scratching up your pretty shoes. Riding to the lake with a load is your bigger challenge as far as equipment choice, and carrying enough water.
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