Glasgow to Edinburgh cycle along the Forth & Clyde Canal
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Glasgow to Edinburgh via the Clyde and Union canal.
Leaving Spiers Wharf we shall follow the Forth and Clyde canal route to Falkirk. We then join the Union canal all the way to Edinburgh. The surface is mostly "gravely" but can be completed in reasonable comfort on a road bike. All other bike types are suitable...with the exception of a Penny-farthing!
I'm hoping this event will be easily accessible to everyone living in the central belt of Scotland and beyond. The start is less than 10min by bike from Queen St Station and the end close to Haymarket Station.
Lots of options for this long route. You can do the whole cycle or finish/ start half way (Falkirk/Linlithgow). Obviously some planing required here! If you decide one of these options please let the leader know well in advance.
The route on Strava is shown below:
What to bring
Bike: Any bike you like
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, shorts are great even in rain as they allow free movement of your legs. Avoid jeans, which are uncomfortable when wet, and baggy tracksuit bottoms, which can snag in the chain. Colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: grippy soles if your bike has standard pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Sun cream: take care, even on overcast days
Bike lights: be seen and safe
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
This is a long 90Km cycle so take plenty of snacks. We shall stop for a lunch break along the way possibly in Linlithgow.
Two water bottles are essential.
Dinner and/or refreshments at the end.