NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,pwa wrote:This is the very worst section of our route, which I know will be a test for any 28mm tyre. But apart from about 3 miles in total of this we will have 450 miles of something resembling tarmac.
In that case use what you have and carry a spare tyre, which would be prudent on tours anyway.
If you were doing two thousand miles maybe careful choice of tyres, but 450 not so much so.
People go on about reducing pressures but keeping air in prevents those snake bites, on or off road.
When I did the devon and corwall coast last year I had an all up weight of about 100-105 kgs on 23mm tyres with no protection.
Started on 120 psi and finished on about 80psi as I did not put any air in in over a week.
I had to negotiate many off road cycle paths including greenlanes in the dark, but not a single flat or sliced tyre.
Just a thought
Yes, I think we can be a bit too cautious about what we can or can't do on narrow tyres. Clearly you wouldn't throw a narrow tyred bike down a gravel track with the same gusto you would with a wide tyred MTB but you can can still pick your way down. Tyres over 32mm aren't an option anyway. I'll have another look at her bike tomorrow because if I can get a 32mm Supreme on the front, that would be problem solved. I just don't want any stupid fag paper clearances.