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I just rode the rail trail from Riverton to Clare last weekend for the first time in nearly 3 years.
If you haven't done it for a while or don't know about it now is the time to get up early in the morning and ride it. When I rode it 3 or so years ago the track from Riverton to Auburn was almost completely washed away by water. Now much work has been done with under ground drainage pipes all the old rail bridges that were missing now have brand new steel bridges for bikes and the gravel is perfectly maintained and smooth and finally there's new signage and distance markers the entire length.
From the Riverton cop shop to Clare and back again is bang on 100km's, a good day ride with plenty time to walk around Seven Hill ruins. I just thought it was worth mentioning with spring on the way and the native plants all flowering and good weather
This pic is where the worst wash outs were, the whole track is like this now.
Seeing as I'm the only one here I may as well photo bomb this thread
I'll add a few points for people who've never done it though. Doing the full 100km you should allow 5 or 6 hours including some stops. Wind is a problem on this ride so check the weather before leaving. I did 100k today and there was wind but not too bad, riding to the turn around point (Clare) it was a head wind but in a low gear, higher cadence, speed 15-20 kph but who cares it was ok. The ride back could often reach 40kph with no effort. Being open cropping and vines land there's no where to hide.
This is what your missing.
The new bridges are nice.
The ultimate gravel grinding tyre ? that's what I think.
The little lady and I rode the trail on Saturday from Clare to Auburn and back. The track was good but we had strong headwinds all the way back. Will go back another day and start at Riverton and try for the complete trail.
In the morning, we RIDE.
Howdy all! Am considering this ride in a cuppla weeks, visiting from Melbourne. Could this or similar rail trail rides be comfortably done on a Giant Seek? Wheels are currently wearing Maxxis Overdrives 700x38c.
My alternate ride would be my other bike - Giant Trance X 29er. Methinks the Trance would be overkill(?).
Thing is, I can only take one bike with me, limited car space means it's gotta be one or the other. My way of thinking - the Seek would be more versatile with bike paths in n around Adelaide, as well as possibly doing the occasional rail trail rides. Thoughts?
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