The big problem was the mulefut rim, the tyre was so well seated to it we couldn't get it off, two 6ft+ blokes wrestling with the tyre for 215 minutes with an assortment of levers, tools and swearing couldn't get it off! Luckily a short cut back to the visitor centre bike shop enabled us to borrow a pair of enormous tyre levers and Dan eventually managed to prize the tyre off. If he ever decides to go tubeless it'll be a breeze with these rims!
Puncture fixed we returned to the forest and rode the entire Verderers trail, checking strava afterwards i got personal bests on two climbs and the final descent which amazes me as other visits have been on a full suspension 29er but the most surprising is that I felt so battered at the end from the roughness of the trail on a rigid bike. I need to look at tyre pressures but it's a fine line between cushioning and rolling resistance. At times i tought my kidneys were going to detach and my arm muscles were just flailing about, I'm still sore two days later!
So, trails centres on a fat bike?, the numbers speak for themselves i guess, I'm quicker! I passed a few people! (i got passed by a few too though) i got a little amount of air over some of the table tops and despite the beating I took I was still smiling at the end which afterall is what it's all about
(picture by Dan Phillips)