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  • Wear a helmet. Despite recent advances in medical science, brains still cannot be mended nor replaced.
  • Wear gloves or mitts. Hands often hit the ground first. Cuts and grazes invite infection and a hospital visit.
  • Wear eye protection, it only takes a twig or thorn to lose an eye. Crud catchers are a good idea in mucky weather.
  • When downhilling, for your own protection, allow plenty of space behind the rider in front.
  • Bring a bare minimum emergency tool kit and a spare inner tube.
  • Breakdowns are a bore. Plan not to have any by ensuring your bike is in perfect working order.
  • Punctures are also tedious. You can minimise them by fitting latex tubes, slime tubes or running tubeless tyres.

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Hello I am new here - advice please


I have just moved to Cambridge and really excited to join these rides, will come along tonight (10 November) to introduce myself. In advance I have a couple of questions:

1. How do riders return to Cambridge after the pub stop? Ride or get picked up?

2. What tyre is recommended through winter, mud specific?

Thanks and looking forward to getting involved!


Re: Hello I am new here - advice please

Hi Adrian,

we generally ride back in after the pub stop, although some people drop a car off before hand if they live a distance outside Cambridge.

The choice of tire is a somewhat contentious issue, I've personally never had much issue regardless of tire choice. If you have a frame that is prone to clogging up a skinny mud tire might be advisable. I think running a tubeless tire at lower pressures works pretty well. The routes are usually a mix of conditions.

Maybe don't turn up with semi slicks....



Re: Hello I am new here - advice please

Oh God! Someone asked the tyre advice question

And Someone mentioned tubeless!

(Me Maxxis Medusa with latex tubes)

Re: Hello I am new here - advice please

Around here ridged 29ing single speeding in November I tend to use a brand new but two year old (matured in a cellar away from UV) latex tubed Bontrager ACX2.2 on the front & one of three tubeless Bontrager Mud X2.0. Choice been dependant on actual ground conditions and forecast conditions during that ride. Dryer more used/balder, wetter I use medium wear & muddy new fresh tread.
In other parts of the country/destinations I quite often go for a larger volume in both ends, but then this is only if riding without suspension but then I would most likely be also riding with gears, a different rear wheel & a louder bell.
I did draw a Venn diagram earlier this year to investigate any common factors & yet found that the only true common denominator was the size of my stomach which unlike some of the other parts of my body is not affected by extremes of temperature.

Easy really!

Re: Hello I am new here - advice please

Hi Duncan,

Apologies for not showing my appreciation for this advice sooner. However, having just picked up 6 pairs of mud tyres yesterday at an absolute steal on CRC, I am now able to consider the long term maturing process you mentioned.

Do you have any tips around optimum cellar size, optimum temperatures within said cellar (annual average) and any other relevant info? I am looking at buying a house next year so would factor such cellar characteristics into any purchasing decision.