"They've done the road up," said the man who should know. I can't imagine how bad it must have been beforehand then. Thank heavens it wasn't raining that day or going the long way would have been more sensible.
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Comment by Dabba on June 26, 2013 at 6:51pm

That's a big improvement!  Did it take the hour to do the 10k's?

Comment by Robflyte on June 26, 2013 at 10:26pm

a perfect riding road

Comment by Neil Alexander on June 27, 2013 at 10:40am

Actually, it was more like 20km and it took at least 90 minutes.

This picture shows the best part of the road. The rest varied from swamp, literally, to sections with large lumps of blue metal, quite unrideable but fortunately brief, and on to corrugated and rocky but passable.

Yes, it was lots of fun. 

Comment by John Knight on June 28, 2013 at 5:19am
Definitely an improvement. I'll be up there in October to test it out myself.
Comment by baa baa on June 28, 2013 at 12:15pm

That dirt is looking good. Normally that “road” is full of 26inch wheel sized potholes so good choice with 700c.
Of course a drop bar 29er would just waft above these even better but if I was riding it, it would have 30 inch potholes. Familiarity should return as the locals with the 4x4s cut that road up in a matter of weeks and the 20ks returns to biking 25 once one has finished pothole dodging.
 

Comment by Robflyte on June 28, 2013 at 12:24pm

I have a 29er question, if my road bike takes 700C 40mm tyres with guards, wider without, is it a 29er?

Comment by Neil Alexander on June 28, 2013 at 12:32pm

At each end of the track where I went through, there were locked barriers and notices permitting "Management Vehicles Only". That should reduce the amount the road is cut up by 4WDers. I didn't see the southern entry to The Mining Road but, logically, that should be locked off too or there is little point doing it at the other access points.

Comment by John Knight on June 28, 2013 at 12:47pm
The southern end of the old mining Road does come out onto the Lake Road only a km or so East of the camp ground. It's barricaded off from the road with boulders and a boom gate. There is entry for walkers and cycles only. I " rode " it 2 years ago up to where a cross track joins with the Old Gibber Trail. It is seriously trashed with scrub growing up through it. My rigid 29er was really not happy bouncing from boulder to boulder. I picked off a couple of ticks that evening.
Comment by baa baa on June 28, 2013 at 12:47pm

Ah yes the gates, pushing people to use the beach.....

Rob, no no no, 35 and say upto 50mm maybe called a "monster cross".

You must jump to Imperial and anything greater than 1.9 inch maybe considered a 29er

Comment by Robflyte on June 28, 2013 at 12:55pm

OK baa baa, imperial, I did think 29er was on a 700C rim though. Monster cross, more a touring bike really but I did recently bash it through Settlers Road to St Albans, looking forward to doing that again.

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