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Road Bike or MTB?
#1
OK Guys, i'm in a bit of a delemna here....

We are off to Scotland for a week in the 2nd week of November.

Go each year, rent out a wooden lodge 5 minutes from Loch Ness in a little village (well not even a village, only thing there is 1 pub!!), the place is called Whitebridge, here is a link to it on Google Maps.

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Now, i was planning to take the road bike, as wanted to ride some mountain passes, however unless i drive 55 miles to the Cairngorn Mountains, i've been there before, next to Aviemore, and then you can't ride up and over on a road bike, as the road only goes up to the ski centre car park.....

Or i can drive over to the other side of Loch Ness and ride Bealach na Ba, which looks like some great scenery and you go right up and over the mountain, has some lovely switchback hairpin bends, and over 2000ft above sea level.

Here is a guy that did it on a motorbike:-

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However, i've just looked here at where we are staying, and it looks like there is a load of singletrack right next to where we are staying leading over to the Cairngorn Mountains/Aviemore:-

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So my question is, even though i'm a roadie at heart, the main need for riding in scotland is to explore some mountain passes, so judging from that map link above where we are staying, do you reckon it would be better taking the MTB???
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#2
Horses for courses mate, if you're on tarmac, road bike, on the loose stuff, MTB... simples. Only YOU can decide!
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#3
Just wondering whether the MTB would be better suited to what i'm trying to achieve.

Do those tracks look like MTB tracks to you?  If so then the MTB might be better....as not that much tarmac going up and over mountains in Scotland....most go between....
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#4
MTB because it can do both, its not like your going to be wanting to go as fast as you can is it?
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#5
Take your road bike as I think you'll find your MTB is seized up through lack of use.
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#6
Both of the above are good points!
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#7
&quot;dgw15&quot; Wrote:Take your road bike as I think you'll find your MTB is seized up through lack of use.

Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

Chain and cassette are a little grubby, but it still works....just needs a bit of a clean up.
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#8
But - with you guys being MTBers, you must be able to look at a map and tell if it looks like singletrack???

Do those white lines on that link above i posted to the east of Whitebridge look like singletrack to you??
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#9
MTB. you'll save money.
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#10
&quot;BorderCollieSam&quot; Wrote:But - with you guys being MTBers, you must be able to look at a map and tell if it looks like singletrack???

Do those white lines on that link above i posted to the east of Whitebridge look like singletrack to you??

Is that a serious question?
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