welchy wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:06 pm
Just wanting to ask some basic questions from anybody that has ridden Paris Roubaix on equipment and kit choice, I will be using my Colnago C60 for the ride/race in April - unfortunately I can't afford another bike but fortunately it will be insured against damages.
Firstly I have two wheelsets, Edco Umbrial Carbon Clinchers and Campagnolo Zondas.
I will be attempting to use the Zondas for fear of annihilating the Edcos on the Pave. And I will be going for the widest tyre possible that will give me clearance, if I can go Tubeless I may attempt it.
I am running Campag SR so I have a chain catcher fitted as standard. So for the following:
-Best tyre Choice
-Double wrap bar tape?
-Actual riding gear, any good recommendations?
Well done you for taking on the Pave, you'll absolutely love it even though it will be a really horrible riding experiance
All good advise from members above, just a few personal experiance I can share.
I would be cautious riding 28mm tyres on your C60 over the Pave, due to the clearance. There is a lot of C60 photos & views regarding tyre clearance on this forum.
The 3 times I rode Roubaix was all done on 25mm tubulars or clinchers, but on my Lynskey rather than my C60 though & it's been fine every time, only 1 puncture ..... thank god!
Tyre pressure is just as important in these instance, I rode around 85-90psi front & back.
I double wrapped my bars the first time I did it, but didn't bother the 2nd & 3rd time, I even managed it without mits the 3rd time round
You want to ride full gas on the Pave, because it's a lot "easier" if you carry speed over them, I found going slow makes it feel even worst. Recover on the tarmac & smash it on the Pave, usually approx. 28-29 sectuer of Pave if you go the full 174km route or around 19-20 for the shorter 143km (logistically better as you start & finish in Roubaix)
Keep it on the Big ring when riding over the Pave for chain tension, it will "bounce" around violently. I had a 13-29t cassette at the back (as I was touring around Flanders on bike before Roubaix) & found it just right for me with 25t or 27t being used on most Pave occasions & with 34 up front.
2 pairs of shorts - 1 pair of padded shorts under padded bib-shorts works for me
The three 5* star sectuer of Trouée d’Arenberg, Mons-en-Pévèle & Carrefour de l’Arbre will have you wishing you were somewhere else, but the rest of them are all very managable, you just have to have the right frame of mind, don't hate it, don't be afraid & try to "enjoy" it, do that & you'll be fine. Keep cool & stay relax ....... it might be hard to do but try!
As a side note - I would recommend stay on the Belgium side during your trip, I find it a lot more pleasent & enjoyable. We stayed in Lille in all the times I did Roubaix, the more I stay there the more I hated it!
Kortrijk - seems an ideal place to call base, not far from Roubaix & looks very pleasent (I personally have not been but would consider my base if I do it again in future)
I've also done Flanders twice, but the smooth well maintained cobbles of Flanders is no match for the f*cking brutal, chaotic nature of the Roubaix Pave. But both event are brilliant experiance! I love it!
P.S I'm by no means build for cobbles, I weight 64kg only & it made me cry (honestly) the first time I hit the Pave. But somehow, I keep going back every year ........ & I hope it does the same to you!
Enjoy & let us know how you get on please!