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    Trans-Cambrian Way Cycle Route

    Just interested to hear if anyone has cycled this route and if so, how they found it, any tips etc.

    I have thought about doing this ride for a couple of years now, but something always crops up which stops me getting into training and then getting it done. I will need to do a bit of training to get my fitness levels better and get used to cycling again, as I used to be a keen cycle-commuter but have not been on a bike for around 10 years at this point. I like the idea of getting fitter and setting myself a challenge so have decided to pitch at this one - which may be a bit mad as I am not used to cycling up hills as my cycling was mainly around the flatlands of Cambridge and London.

    I have a 20 year old MTB, which I plan to resurrect from our barn for the trip. Most of the info I have looked at so far seems to show full suspension MTB's doing the route, so hopefully my plan to use my old 1990's Marin Bear Valley SE (no suspension) is not insane.

    Anyone have any info to share?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maysie View Post
    Just interested to hear if anyone has cycled this route and if so, how they found it, any tips etc.

    I have thought about doing this ride for a couple of years now, but something always crops up which stops me getting into training and then getting it done. I will need to do a bit of training to get my fitness levels better and get used to cycling again, as I used to be a keen cycle-commuter but have not been on a bike for around 10 years at this point. I like the idea of getting fitter and setting myself a challenge so have decided to pitch at this one - which may be a bit mad as I am not used to cycling up hills as my cycling was mainly around the flatlands of Cambridge and London.

    I have a 20 year old MTB, which I plan to resurrect from our barn for the trip. Most of the info I have looked at so far seems to show full suspension MTB's doing the route, so hopefully my plan to use my old 1990's Marin Bear Valley SE (no suspension) is not insane.

    Anyone have any info to share?
    I have no knowledge of Cambrian Way , however I rode everywhere on my rigid Orange bike until I wore it out. My top tip would be to invest in new tubes and tyres, as tyre technology has come on in the last 20 years.

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    Lots of good info here

    https://bikepacking.com/routes/trans-cambrian-way/

    Particularly in the comments and in the links they provide. I haven't done the TC in it's entirety but I have rode sections of it. It has steep uphills in places and it can be remote, particularly in poor weather. I wouldn't try it on a rigid frameset, I think it's too rocky and you would be best with suspension forks, but I am aware of a couple of v experienced riders that have done it.

    Good luck.

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