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 Post subject: Re: crete road or mtb?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:14 pm 
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I would never take a bike on holiday given the ease with which one can be hired for not a huge amount of cash...

...I would have to be out on it every day to justify taking my own :|


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 Post subject: Re: crete road or mtb?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 10:37 pm 
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Just done a quick Google search - have a look at www.olympicbike.com seems pretty good


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 Post subject: Re: crete road or mtb?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 08, 2013 1:08 pm 
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Location: In the foothills of the foothills of The Cairngorm Massif :D
dan_bo wrote:

P.S. Get out early-it's chuffing hot.


Oh yes 8)

When I was a student we spent six weeks geological mapping in the southeast of the island during July/August. By around 11am it was too hot to even walk around in the hills.

Take photos :D


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 Post subject: Re: crete road or mtb?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:24 am 
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There'll be more dirt roads than you can shake a stick at, so I'd take the opportunity to explore some of those - if you can get up in the mountains so much the better, but as I said before, punctures ate always a pain as it's so thorny, hence my tubeless recommendation.
If you get out early in the morning and do your riding before the temps. get above the mid thirties you'll be fine. You notice the heat most once you stop moving, even a 10km breeze makes a big difference.
I'm not looking forward to going back to Manx "summer" temperatures, that's for sure. 15 degrees isn't summer to me any more.......


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 Post subject: Re: crete road or mtb?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:16 pm 
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As Andy R says take a mountain bike or hire one.

Ive been to Vainia a couple of times in Crete and always regretted not taking mine.Its mountains everywhere 8)


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 Post subject: Re: crete road or mtb?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:31 pm 
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Back from my hols in Crete

Firstly, thanks for all the advise which was provided. i ended up taking my own mountain bike. our holiday was booked with Thomson and they only charge £30 in total to take the bike (£15 each way) i went for 10 days, to hire a decent bike would have been over e140, so it was a no brainer!!

I fitted some scwhalbe land cruiser tyres for running on and off road. these are great on road for a mountain bike due to their central ridge, nice and fast rolling and good enough off road for use on the forest tracks that i ventured on.

we were based in Stalis, which is just outside Malia!!!!! (on inbetweeners fame). having not been to Crete beofre i was greated with the sight of a coast line surrounded by massive hills. the only way was up. the climb from Stalis up to the village of Mochos was a first thing in the morning climb of about 450m in height. the fastest i did this was 47 minutes for about 6 miles. it was hard work!!

there were furtrher hills (upto about 960m in height) to get to the platuea in the middle of Crete, which required lots of holiday effort and many calories were drunk the night before to assist with this!! i spotted on the map a track through Rozas Gorge. This looked great fun, with a switchback track , but first attempt was not fun as i ended up climbing rather than coming down. I then found the way to do this downhill, which was good, but not quite single track. the track from the back of Mochas to Potamines was good, through the olive trees!!

My routes ranged from 20 to 48 miles. all good fun and better than nlying on a sunbed all day. if anyone wants any routes or advise in Malia area riding, then let me know.

Bill


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 Post subject: Re: crete road or mtb?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:50 am 
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I'm glad to hear that you got out and did a bit of riding and, more importantly, that you enjoyed it. Did you end up running tubeless and, if not, did you suffer from the dreaded Greek thorn punctures?

Probably not so much of a problem if you steer clear of overgrown tracks, I suppose - unfortunately, I don't :roll:

Did you take any photos on your rides? If so I for one would love to see a few.

Cheers,

Andy.


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