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Official Retrobike raid on Snowdon viability?
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 5:42 pm 
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Thank you GJW for posting. I've read the bit in Bicycles up Kili where he mentions it oozles of times, it was nice to finally read the article. :D


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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 7:15 pm 
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Thanks for the info about this ride being referred to in Bicycles up
Kilimanjaro. I will have to give it a read.

This first Cleland / Snowdon ride is also described on page 177 & 78 of Charlie Kelly's and Nick Crane's Richards Mountain Bike Book of 1988.
This concentrates more on the ride, the bad weather and what was learned from the experience. There is less here about the details of the Geoff Apps Range-Rider bicycle being ridden.

Nick Crane does comment that the low pressure, tungsten carbide studded snow tyres "gave it enough traction to power it up slimy rock steps and shale that skittered like ice". I wholeheartedly recommend low pressure studded ice tyres for use on most slippy surfaces. I have also found to my embarrassment that this does not include the marble flooring at Waterloo train station.

Crane also says that... "this was probably the first mountain in Britain to be 'mountain biked'.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:07 pm 
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I done this in 1992, fully rigid and solo at sunset. I'd like to do the dawn ride and get down by 10am.


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