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This is probably old news to one and all on this switched on forum, but I was just reading in the Canberra Cyclist mag that the Munda Biddi Trail now runs (since April) all the way from Albany to Perth and is all off-road. It sounds great. 1000 car-free km!
The website is saying that it is suited to MTBs, or other bike types e.g. Hybrids with fatter tyres.
The question is, how suitable is the trail for loaded touring bikes?
My guess is that it'd be fine with the right tyres.
Does anybody have any recent, first-hand experience on the trail with a diamond frame touring bike with panniers.
My bike is a Thorn Sherpa. I also have a Bike Friday, but am assuming it would be completely out of contention for the Munda Biddi.
Last Easter I did a short but very enjoyable ride from Boyannup to Jarrahdale (about 200k). I rode my touring Surly Trucker but switched to Schwable Land Cruiser 1.75s and from drops to flat bars (see the thread below with lots of helpful advice from Aushiker and others far more experienced than me). Anyway in my short trip, I quickly learned that I was very glad of the change to larger tyres for comfort and control. The pea gravel in places needs a bigger but lower inflated tyre.
The trail that I went on often meandered either side of a road and there were some sections where I decided I'd had enough of the same forest views and terrain and chose to ride on the dirt road. Each to their own I guess, but I still had a lot of fun. I reckon you could ride any bike on the section I travelled but thin tyres would be pain. Get the wider tyres. A MTB is ideal for this territory but I'd be happy taking my loaded touring bike with the right tyres. Plenty of others have done it before. Good luck.
Sorry but somebody has been telling porkies in Canberra ... this is not 1,000 km of car-free kilometres by a long shot. In fact you will see more road (bitumen, dirt, fire trails) than single track well and truly through to Manjimup and then it gets good for the section through to Nannup and then back to more roads of various types.
I wouldn't have any concerns riding my Surly Long Haul Trucker through to at least Donnybrook and really would do the whole Trail on it. Probably not as much fun further north but still doable.
I have just completed Albany to Donnybrook but on my Giant XTC mountain bike pulling the Extrawheel Voyager.
I was reading the same thing on the bus this afternoon (while hanging on, Ayrton Senna was driving). It looked nice. More pictures would have been nice.
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