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    First GAP experience.

    I live in Wisconsin and was on a business trip to PA this week. I took the TREK 2.3 road bike with the 23s. I have ridden on crushed gravel before so I figured it would be fine on the trip from Connellsville to Confluence and back.

    First of all, what a great ride! Beautiful surroundings, cool weather and no rain.

    Had a flat about 10 miles up the trail about 100 ft before this bench. What a great view to have while changing the tube.



    The rear tire's valve failed as I ran over a patch of embedded, very large pieces of gravel. It just popped and I heard this awful sound of rushing air.

    Got to Ohiopyle and purchased 2 new tubes and CO2 cartridges. Continued on to confluence and then back to Ohiopyle where I checked and filled the tires for the last 17 miles back to Connellsville.

    Yes, I was wishing I had bigger tires after I got the flat and will have a more appropriate set next time.

    I will be back. I would like to do the whole route someday.

    More photos at my gallery here:
    http://gallery.me.com/markj#100011&v...or=black&sel=0
    Last edited by markrj; 09-18-10 at 08:46 PM.

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    Trip was 55.3 miles in 3 hours 47 minutes at 14.7 avg mph. That includes the stop for photos. One cannot do that trail without taking photos. Well at least the first time around.

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    What a great sounding day! And good attitude about fixing that flat.
    When you're riding alone, fixing a flat is relaxing.
    You don't have your friends taking off, and you rushing to catch up,
    or all standing around watching you work and making you anxious to get going again.
    The one who has the most bikes wins.

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    Wider tires are definitely a plus on that surface.

    I'm glad to read you had a good time. Incidentally, the photo you posted is my favorite spot on the Passage - I believe it's called the Gas Line Overlook.

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    Well, I think The GAP did in my rear tire. Several scuffs along the sidewall and one was bad enough that it blew out the sidewall. My rear tire was flat yesterday before my ride. I mean come on! I only had about 650 miles on that tire!

    I took the bike to the shop and had them put on a Continental Ultra Gatorskin 28mm. The OEM tires say they are 23s but the mechanic showed me that they were actually closer to 25s. I inquired about a wider tire and we determined that my Trek 2.3 can handle the 28 Gatorskin tires just fine.

    I did a 21.5 mile, hilly run yesterday with this new rear tire. Averaged 16.6 mph. I still have the stock 23mm on the front. It is definitely more comfortable and just as fast if not faster than the stock tire.

    Since August 24, 2010 when I purchased the 2.3 I have ridden 674 miles. That puts my season above 1,600 miles so far.

    I will hit 700+ miles easy before the one month time frame for sure.

    I was sitting on Cyclocross bikes yesterday.
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