Road bikes on canal?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by speedygoo, 20 Aug 2012.

  1. speedygoo

    speedygoo Active Member

    Looking for a new commute do any of you commute along the towpaths on roadbikes (23c or 25c)
  2. wiggydiggy

    wiggydiggy Über Member

    Which canal?;)

    The Rochdale Canal/Calder-Hebble Navigation has parts of it tarmacked, designated a cycle/greenway an it'd be fine, at the other extreme the Lancaster Canal has no towpath or indeed any water at some points and would poise significant problems for any bike!:laugh:
  3. OP

    speedygoo Active Member

    I'm in Birmingham where we seam to be mainly either Tarmac which is fine or a sandy compound with the occasional bump, maybe it's a case of try it and see
  4. wiggydiggy

    wiggydiggy Über Member

    On a similar surface I've used 28c, but not 25 or 23. I'm on 32c now and find it a lot more comfortable than the 28c.
  5. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Try it out - if you fall off (in) then probably not very suitable. I don't take 23mm equipped bikes off tarmac.
  6. BrumJim

    BrumJim Poster

    I commute every day on the Birmingham and Fazeley canal from Aston Science Park to Aston. I use a road bike with 23C wheels.

    When I say every day, I tend to avoid wet days with puddles to avoid getting the bike too dirty, and light drizzle tends to make the bricks very slippy. Bike was seriously skittish this morning and a few scary moments, but no tumbles.

    Biggest problem is the bridges - watch out for riders coming blind from the other direction. Don't forget to warn on your approach - I use bell and voice.

    I suspect that the hard packed fine stuff has a tendancy to eat my chains, though.
  7. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    North Baddesley
    cycle boat.jpg This should be OK for canals..........OK I'll get me coat
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  8. OP

    speedygoo Active Member

    Thanks for the advice I'll give it a run on some 25's and see how it goes that fine packed stuff is a chain killer for sure.
  9. CopperCyclist

    CopperCyclist Veteran

    I agree. I know that you can, and may get away with it with no issue, but IMO 23mm are for tarmac'd roads only. For what it's worth I've ridden 35mm happily on a towpath, but wouldn't have expected otherwise!
  10. alans

    alans black belt lounge lizard

    I have used,without problems, 23 & 25mm tyres on the towpath from Barlaston to Kidsgrove,It is a mix of hardpack,tarmac & paving of various types.
  11. Buzzinonbikes

    Buzzinonbikes Senior Member

    I rather foolishly once did the Manchester - Runcorn leg of of the Trans-Pennine trail on 23c tyres. And it was really wet.
    It was actually not too bad, just not as grippy as perhaps a wider tyre might be.
  12. Paul J

    Paul J Guest

    When I read the thread title I thought of this.

  13. Simba

    Simba Specialized Allez 24 Rider

    This ^^ I went along the canal once from manchester to rochdale and it took me 3 times as long as it would have if I stuck to the roads, I am on 23's
  14. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    Way too much float on those SPD pedals...
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