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Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyres?

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:52 am
by Christine Tham
Thinking of visiting Canberra in Sep and maybe spend an afternoon cycling around Lake Burley Griffin with a friend.

Are road tyres suitable or is it better on knobblies?

I seem to recall when I did it many years ago that it was not all paved.

PS - happy to meet people for coffee etc. but I will be riding Kitty, not Tweety so please don't race with me - you know I can't control myself so will just bust myself trying to chase.

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 10:10 am
by ifixbikes
Road tyres will be fine.

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 11:56 am
by FXST01
Do it every work day on road tyres with zero problems. :D

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 4:50 pm
by HAKS
The LBG cycle paths are all fully sealed.

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 5:15 pm
by Robdog
HAKS wrote:The LBG cycle paths are all fully sealed.

There's a section below Anzac Parade for about 100m that is red gravel (like some driveways, so not coarse at all) which is okay for riding over (especially if you have wider tyres on 'kitty'), but there is a path you can take just above it if you really want to avoid

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 5:49 pm
by s-s-a
Any kind of tyre is fine. Watch out for tourists near the Capt Cook fountain who have no idea the big wide concrete path is also for cycle traffic.

Steph

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 6:41 pm
by Christine Tham
Thanks guys/gals, much appreciated.

If it's all paved (apart from a bit of red gravel) that's good. May even consider bringing Tweety in that case.

Haven't decided when I'm coming but planning to visit Floriade in the morning and do some cycling in the afternoon. Nothing fancy, and not keen on joining a bunch since I'll be with a friend on a hybrid so gotta match her pace.

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 7:23 pm
by LoveB
Hopefully when my mrs bike hits the road we can bike around the LBG as well :oops: I have yet to venture out of belconnen lol

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 7:41 pm
by Ross
s-s-a wrote: Watch out for pedestrians on all the shared paths who have no idea and don't care the big wide path is also for cycle traffic.

Steph


fixed for accuracy....
:roll:

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 8:48 pm
by HAKS
Robdog wrote:
HAKS wrote:The LBG cycle paths are all fully sealed.

There's a section below Anzac Parade for about 100m that is red gravel (like some driveways, so not coarse at all) which is okay for riding over (especially if you have wider tyres on 'kitty'), but there is a path you can take just above it if you really want to avoid


pffffff that's not the cycle way :P. I always swing off onto the path above it :)

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 9:16 pm
by Robdog
HAKS wrote:
Robdog wrote:
HAKS wrote:The LBG cycle paths are all fully sealed.

There's a section below Anzac Parade for about 100m that is red gravel (like some driveways, so not coarse at all) which is okay for riding over (especially if you have wider tyres on 'kitty'), but there is a path you can take just above it if you really want to avoid


pffffff that's not the cycle way :P. I always swing off onto the path above it :)

I didn't the first time :oops:

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:35 pm
by Cruiserman
Ride parts of that on the way home from work on the zipp tubulars so I guess any tyre will be fine. If you are going to get a flat it wont matter what tyres you are running at the time your going to still get it.

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:42 pm
by Ross
Floriade started today - when are you coming up Christine?

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:14 am
by Curoch
Hi All

Recently picked up a road bike and have started lurking on the forums. Nice to know that you'll be heading up to Canberra - floriade has started so around Lake Burley Griffin might be a slight problem (crowds around some of the areas).

Was down there over the weekend, there's some orange gravelly patches, but I rode over it on my road bike no problem. Ironically I got a flat the minute I got off the Lake and onto the road to go home. ;(

If its not too much trouble, I'd like to meet up with people when you're down here. As a newbie I'm sure I have lots to learn.

Cheers

A

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:06 pm
by HAKS
Curoch wrote:Hi All

Recently picked up a road bike and have started lurking on the forums. Nice to know that you'll be heading up to Canberra - floriade has started so around Lake Burley Griffin might be a slight problem (crowds around some of the areas).

Was down there over the weekend, there's some orange gravelly patches, but I rode over it on my road bike no problem. Ironically I got a flat the minute I got off the Lake and onto the road to go home. ;(

If its not too much trouble, I'd like to meet up with people when you're down here. As a newbie I'm sure I have lots to learn.

Cheers

A


Welcome. With the weather warming up i think a Forum ride is in order soon. Just got to find a time that suits everyone but i'm sure something will happen soon :),

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 10:36 am
by Curoch
HAKS wrote:Welcome. With the weather warming up i think a Forum ride is in order soon. Just got to find a time that suits everyone but i'm sure something will happen soon :),


Sounds cool. Will an ignorant unfit nublet be a problem on these rides?

Will be kind of a drag if I lose the lot of you on the first hill and then have to find a hole to stick my head in.

Regards

A

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 11:02 am
by LoveB
Curoch wrote:
HAKS wrote:Welcome. With the weather warming up i think a Forum ride is in order soon. Just got to find a time that suits everyone but i'm sure something will happen soon :),


Sounds cool. Will an ignorant unfit nublet be a problem on these rides?

Will be kind of a drag if I lose the lot of you on the first hill and then have to find a hole to stick my head in.

Regards

A

Worry not, I'm probably worse off than you are

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:15 pm
by Christine Tham
Ross wrote:Floriade started today - when are you coming up Christine?


Just booked the hotel. Coming down Sun for Floriade, probably cycle the Lake Burley Griffin loop on Sun afternoon.

Weather forecast looking good, fingers crossed.

Will probably bring Kitty down. I want a nice leisurely "oh let's look at the scenery!!!" ride, not a "huff and puff go fast as I can" ride.

May even attach a video camera on to Kitty.

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:27 pm
by LoveB
Till when are you staying??

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 2:55 pm
by Christine Tham
Just one night. Head back on Mon.

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:06 pm
by rockviewau
im probs free sunday for a cruisy ride around the lake...

if u post details of when u wanna ride, i will see if me and the lady friend can get in there....

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 5:55 pm
by LoveB
Yeah me and the fiancee are keen to do a relaxed pace ride around lbg.. Let me know :D

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 7:45 pm
by Curoch
Me too if its fine with you folks.

Might *gasp* drive instead - DSLR + Road Bike = ZOMG TERROR.

Regards

A

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:42 pm
by LoveB
Curoch, whereabouts are you from? I MIGHT drive down as well as the mrs wants to see the tulip farm in the morning. But I'll def bring the bikes out too.

Re: Cycling around Lake Burley Griffin - okay with road tyre

Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2010 9:17 pm
by rockviewau
Curoch wrote:Me too if its fine with you folks.

Might *gasp* drive instead - DSLR + Road Bike = ZOMG TERROR.

Regards

A



my bike and my dslr will never ever ever mix..... crazy. if i take my camera, its my lil camera :)