What type of bicycle should I pedal?
I might say this a few times in the upcoming months leading up to the ride, “Everything you need to know about the JCPR – Tour of the Whitefish Divide, is found on the website”, so please take a look. I’ll go over a few thing here regarding questions pertaining to “What type of bike should I ride? Specifically look here – FAQ and RIDERS PACKET
It’s entirely up to you what you choose to pedal. My suggestion though would be to buy a Why Cycles R+, It’ll last you a life time, and it will always be a great ride to get you through the future editions of the Joe Cosley Pancake Ride.
Take a look at the R+ and use the specs as a starting point. Another great research tool would be the website RIDING GRAVEL. The editorial, gear reviews and forum offer some great insights and information.
That being said, Joe would have a few general recommendations to help you make it the entire 140 miles.
- Don’t ride a road bike that is designed for travel on paved surfaces. You will make it the first 12 miles or so, but after that all bets are off.
- A cycle cross bike would definitely work, and could be a good choice. The determining factor would be what size tires the the frame and fork will accept. Joe would go with a minimum of a 38c and preferably 40c would be even better.
- You could also saddle up on a 29’r. A hardtail would be the best choice, a front shock is optional. No sense in pedaling a full suspension rig, but if you need to up your Strava badges by pedaling a bunch of unnecessary weight, by all means go for it.
- If you need to get some new rubber to roll on, I would suggest a pair of TERRENE TIRES ELWOOD. They measure in at a 40c, these will give you an extra cushy ride and have plenty of traction on the dirt roads you will be on. Look for a future post discussing tire choices.
- How are you going to slow down and/or stop your bike? If I had a choice on riding with rim brakes or disc brakes, I would go with the disc option. Take into consideration that you’re not cruising through the rolling hills of the midwest. There are several descents that approach ten miles in length and aren’t really the type that you can just coast all the way down. So, what ever your choice, just make sure your brake pads have plenty of friction material left on them.
Realistically you should be riding a Why Cycles R+, but if you are not, any dirt/gravel oriented bike will do.
This should give you some good ideas to go off of. It’s really not the wild west out there, so if you study up and put some thought into your equipment, your day will be that much more enjoyable. Follow ups will include “Tire Choices”, “Gearing Suggestions”…….
See you at the Polebridge Mercantile for a Bear Claw pastry, Joe