Euro Velo 4 and 700 X 23 tyres

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bobzeller
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Euro Velo 4 and 700 X 23 tyres

Postby bobzeller » 11 Feb 2020, 7:52am

I am thinking of a short tour later this year from Cherbourg to Saint Malo and back. I have toured quite a bit in this area in the past, but have always stayed on paved roads. I am now wondering if the EV4 might offer something better but I am restricted to my 700 X 23 tyres. Would anyone have any thoughts about these tyres on the EV4 route?

Many thanks

Bob

hamster
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Re: Euro Velo 4 and 700 X 23 tyres

Postby hamster » 11 Feb 2020, 10:09am

I've ridden the whole route in the Cotentin Peninsula - the eastern St Vaast side is fine. However it does wander around excessively and the roads are empty, so it's often a bit pointless.
The bit on the old railway line from Briquebec will be hard going if it's been wet: a few years ago I rolled straight past some folk on 28C tyres road bikes on my loaded 1.5" tyre tourer - they were simply sinking into the surface rather more.

But it's a lovely route!

bobzeller
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Re: Euro Velo 4 and 700 X 23 tyres

Postby bobzeller » 11 Feb 2020, 8:48pm

Thanks Hamster. Good advice.

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djb
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Re: Euro Velo 4 and 700 X 23 tyres

Postby djb » 12 Feb 2020, 4:17am

havent done the eurovelo 4, but have done the eurovelo 6, and I would echo the previous fellows opinion.
There were some places where we were routed on gravel stuff, some almost single track short bits, and some places that if it were wet, 23's would be a real pain.

I've ridden on 28s on some dirt/gravel paths here in Canada which were perfectly fine for 28s and 25s dry, but have had that same sinking (feeling) situation when on them in rain, so bad once that I abandoned the trail and took to a highway simply because I was going so slow and expending so much effort.

I have friends who live in Normandy, and I know that area can get more rain than other places in France, so I guess it depends on the month and bad luck if its a wet year.
I have biked in some of these areas you want to go, but was on paved D roads the whole time.

bobzeller
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Re: Euro Velo 4 and 700 X 23 tyres

Postby bobzeller » 12 Feb 2020, 8:41pm

Thanks

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