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Old 07-31-16, 12:00 PM   #1
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Air Line Trail (South) - which bike

I'm thinking about taking the Connecticut southern Air Line Trail, East Hampton to Willimantic, perhaps 40 miles roundtrip. My question is on the bike to use. I'd like to take a hybrid with Gatorskin tires but no suspension. Is that OK or should I be using a MTB?
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The hybrid bike would be better but it depends on the size/width of your tires, that section would be ok on 28's, it is mostly packed stone dust and sand. That said, I usually recommend 32 minimum for most of the trail. I myself prefer 38's. MTB and suspension is not needed and is really overkill.
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I'm thinking about taking the Connecticut southern Air Line Trail, East Hampton to Willimantic, perhaps 40 miles roundtrip
ever do it?
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As it turns out, I didn't. It seemed there was always a different ride that interested me and I never got around to it. If you end up taking the trail, let me know if it's as good as it appears.
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let me know if it's as good as it appears
I think so, at least the part I rode. 121 Riverside Drive Thompson CT North to MA

http://www.bikeforums.net/northeast/...-trail-ct.html
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I rode it from East Hampton to Rte. 207 in Lebanon in September on a fully loaded touring bike with 700x35's. A couple of soft sandy areas but mostly hard packed. No real problems.
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As it turns out, I didn't. It seemed there was always a different ride that interested me and I never got around to it. If you end up taking the trail, let me know if it's as good as it appears.
Well, I finally took the Connecticut Airline Trail South ride I asked about last year - 40 miles (round trip) from East Hampton to Willimantic. It was really good and I'm hoping to make it into a monthly part of my routine. I highly recommend it to anyone in the area.

The trail is unpaved but very well maintained. In fact a 1/4 mile section is presently under repair but easily traversed.

A MTB isn't necessary but I recommend puncture resistant tires.
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Thanks for the update. I have ridden this, or at least part of it, on an endurance road bike with 25s, and didn't have a problem, but I wouldn't recommend that. A gravel grinder or cross bike would be perfect here I think.

Really scenic and quiet.
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I ride it all the time on a flat bar Trek hybrid, but my son does it on an endurance road bike with 28's and it's fine. There are two rougher gravel sections where it's a little sketchy for narrower tires, but most of it is smooth.
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