White Rim in a night
Thinking about tires....
We are going to do the White Rim (classic 100 mile in Canyonlands) starting tomorrow night and bike through the night and hopefully finish in the morning.
I have a set of Bud and Lou tires on the bike now, but am thinking about chaining out to some Big Fat Larrys because I'm not sure I want to destroy my more expensive Bud and Lou tires on that trail. The tread on the Bud up front is a lot better for cornering, and Lou in the back might be good in the deep sandy sections.
So what do you think, destroy the expensive tires on some rough rocky terrain, or will the Larrys be good enough for the White Rim?
I don't know what kind of rocks you speak of but ive been running a set of Buds on rock, shale and dirt since November 2012. They are a very tough tyre and they wear very well too.
Trek 9.9 Superfly SL
Pivot Vault CX
Cervelo R3 Disc
If I were doing it, I'd run the BFL's. Even though they are cheaper, neither set is what I'd call cheap. And even though the White Rim is rocky, they are mostly rather smooth rocks.
Riding Fat and still just as fast as I never was.
This. Unless you're dealing with loose dirt/rocks, the larry's are going to roll way better and give you great grip.
Originally Posted by crashtestdummy
Oh noes. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid.
Why the fat bikes? Training/practice?
"We LOVE cows! They make trails for us.....
And then we eat them."
Originally Posted by rideit
Exactly Shark, I find myself saying the same thing to riders all the time.
Originally Posted by Shark
Yes, I'm training for my South Pole expedition (see links in my signature). So I ride the fat bike as much as I can. Usually it is by myself or where I will be able to keep up with the skinny bikes. This will be an interesting trip. There will be some strong riders on this trip, so it may be hard to keep up. However on the real sandy parts the fat bike will be awesome.
Originally Posted by rideit
The rocks on the white rim aren't overly sharp, but I have a bunch of BFLs that I got for my rental bikes when the Lou tires were all out of stock. I don't mind wearing out the BFLs. However I've gotten use to the grip the bud and Lou gives me for cornering. Anyway, I've decided to stick with the bud and Lou so I can go faster with confidence on the downhill sections.
Well, I did it using the Bud and Lou. I think it was a good choice. There are a lot of sandy sections on this trail and the fat bike handled the sand as well, or better than expected. The BFLs could have worked too, but the Bud and Lou gave me more confidence for the times I was bombing the downhills. Anyway, if you want to read my full right up it is at The South Pole Epic: Snow Biking the White Rim in a Night
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