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does look good, eh? (not my vid)
Great piece on Iceland! What kind of handlebars are you riding with?
Originally Posted by caminoloco
On One Mary bars. Great for a relaxed, comfy touring position. But for rough stuff I still prefer a normal riser, the Mary's give a bit of a "detached" sensation.
Iceland trip report
Ok i know youre all fatbike freaks but honest question: could you do that, or would you enjoy that with a regular 26 ht? as i dont own a fatbike as much as id like to..
You can do part of it on a normal bike. The first 4 days of the trip where we went around the glacier in "small expedition mode" would be sheer hell on a normal mtb with luggage. As it were now, we only had to push the bikes through a number of (too deep or swift flowing) streams - all the rest was incredible bikeable fun. With normal bikes would have pushed 3/4's of that and the remainder would have been deinitely NO fun.
Originally Posted by Affe
The last 30 to 40l we ended up on one of the mayor dirtroads traversing the interior highlands and I know people sometimes do that with normal bikes. But believe me: no fun. It wasn't even much fun on fatbikes. There are a lot of jeeps and 4x4 buses on those roads and they're rocky "wasboard" from start to finish.
The last 6 days where we biked without luggage ((80% on singletrack) are ok with a normal bike. You'd have to push a bit more but nothing to be afraid of.
With luggage it would be a struggle on both, there are a lot of steep to extremely steep slopes in & out of little rivers you have to cross. Shouldering your bike is the best, sometimes only option there. With a bike full of luggage... The long and steep climbs after Landmannalaugar and especially out of Thorsmork I wouldn't even dream of doing with a bike full of luggage. That last climb is around 3-4 hours of pushing & carrying your bike along an at times extremely steep path, with cables at the most exposed stretches.
Where it's not steep uphill, it's sometimes like this: One drop too many... - YouTube
I had a framebag, water bottles and a small rear pannier with some tools & first aid kit on my own bike. I meant to put everything in a backpack because I kind of knew what was coming thatr day, but I just forgot to switch to a daypack. So I couldn't shoulder it at some stretches, which I seriously regretted...
There are dirtroad options around, but where's the fun in that :-).
Drop me a pm if you're interested in joining a little group or if you want more info, we're going back to Iceland in september 2014.
1. I am wondering what kind of foot(leg) wear you use for the river crossings that allow you to keep dry and continue.
2. Where can I buy a pair of brass cajones so I am able to do the rocky, muddy, narrow, steep dropoff, singleterack like that!
1: we didn't bother changing shoes for the crossings, we used "poor men's neoprene": just synthetic or thin wool socks (no cotton !!) with a plastic bag over them and that combination in the (wet) shoes. You get cold feet once in the water - it all comes from underneath glaciers - but they warm up pretty fast once you're walking or pedalling again because the water inside the bags heats up and stays in.
You can ofcourse always use thin neoprene socks, 2mm thick and they should fit in your shoes without sizing up.
I used the plastic-bag solution with gaiters (to prevent from gravel entering) and my friends the neoprene socks - both worked well. The neoprene socks are more comfortable when gravel (inevitably) gets washed into your shoes.
Do remember to take along spare plastic bags (the larger ones for packing food into a freezer are perfect - without the ziplock ;-)) or turn the neoprene socks inside out at night so you can pull the dry side on the next morning.
Or you can take along sandals or crocs to cross the rivers, something that fits tight. Advantage: if it doesn't rain, your shoes and socks will stay dry and you can always use them in the evening in the huts. Disadvantages: time loss, it's ok to do that once or twice a day, but if you're looking at 10-15 rivers to cross... Your unprotected feet will get cold instantly when entering the water and your toes might get banged up on rocks.
2: that trail sure has steep sides, but the fisheye lens of the gopro camera exagerates it a bit - it was filmed by someone in the group, not me (I was wresting with my laden-down bike further back along steeper cables :-()
Hi there I know there´s been two years since the original post but I still wanted to answer your thoughts on the hexagonal patterns. It is believed that it is formed during fall and early winter when the earth has frozen solid few meters down but the upper most layer is still going through freezing and thawing and because ice has about 10% more volume than water this expands to all sides and forms these patterns. The formation is well known in nature and are likely due to the least resistance. In fact if it is on a slope they form lines in the slope.
I did a ten day solo self supported tour of the Iceland highland routes a couple of weeks ago. Mostly on the dirt roads and smaller trails because the bike was pretty heavy with all the food and gear. Would be great to go lighter and focus on the single track more. Still an awesome trip with great scenery.
Trip report with pictures: ICELAND by Erik Plankton
I'm adding Iceland to my ride bucket list!
Nice write up. It was an enjoyable read.
Originally Posted by ErikPlankton
Give me clear skies,
And a sand road that never ends........
THAT, looks like a great adventure.
Did you like the BFL's on this trip? It looks like a lot of spots would have warranted a beefier tire.
Totally deserving of it's own thread.
Originally Posted by ErikPlankton
Much more so than some of the "which bike/tyre/parts" crap in here.
I see hills.
I want to climb them.
Yes I think this could be classified as an adventure The tires are Maxxis Chronicle 29x3 prototypes. Held up great for the entire trip with zero flats. In some places the rocks were really sharp. I think that the 29+ size is the optimal for off-road touring, since you cannot avoid tarmac in many places. I did around 250km on paved roads to get to the highlands and the tire offered good enough rolling combined to superb off-road handling and comfort even under a heavy load. Since I was alone my strategy was to stick close to the gravel roads that go through the highlands in case an evacuation would be needed. Next time I will probably take a riding buddy with me and explore more of the single track trails and hiking routes that are far more technical. On those a fully fat tire could be a better choice.
Originally Posted by alphazz
It is also easy to take your bike on a bus from Reykjavik to pretty much everywhere on the island. This would open many new routes and possibilities. Good topographic maps are recommended. Most online maps do not show the majority of the smaller roads and tracks, which are crucial for route planning. Iceland was one of the best trips ever, highly recommended.
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