Touring - C&O Canal question, tire size
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05-23-08, 06:36 AM
To those who have done it in the past, what tire size did you run? I currently have 700x30 cross tires, which I know will be a bit slim, but are new tires really necessary? It hasn't rained in a week and no inclement weather is expected this weekend. I'm only doing a 2 day ride so the furthest I will make it is Williamsport.
05-23-08, 09:34 AM
Your current tires should suffice. I ran the Passage and C&O last year on 700x32's and was OK. I weigh 250+ and was on a fully loaded bike.
Are you headed from DC - Williamsport? I have noticed a gradual improvement in the towpath conditions since 2004 (the absolute worst), but the areas around White's Ferry, Dickerson and Point of Rocks can be rough, especially if there has been rain.
If you're doing the Cumberland - Williamsport trip, then the area around the PawPaw tunnel downstream has shards of sharp rocks along the edges of the path. Use caution, stay on the towpath (and carry a spare tube). Last July potholes were filled with gravel along the PawPaw to Little Orleans section, and there has been an on-going resurfacing project around Williamsport the last two summers.
Good luck and have fun on your trip.
05-23-08, 12:32 PM
I only have Saturday and Sunday for the ride so I hope to make it to a bit past Harpers Ferry, then come back and camp on the DC side to make the ride home shorter on Sunday.
I think you'll be fine with the 30's.
05-26-08, 05:47 AM
30's were fine. Heck for the vast majority of the trail a 25 would have been fine. The trail is in great shape, except near Brunswick which is due to car traffic.
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