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Old 11-15-07, 12:39 PM   #1
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Baja Tires

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There seems to be a lot of Baja knowledge on this forum. I hope someone can offer some advice on suitable tires for cycling in Baja.

I'm heading down to Baja in late January for a short two week trip. I'll be flying into Loreto and making my way down to San Jose Del Cabo for my flight back to Victoria, BC. A friend of mine has cycled parts of baja twice "www.miteymiss.com".

I hope I can ask a question or two. My main experience is touring with dedicated touring road bikes, almost entirely on paved roads. In the last few years I've started using a well used mountain bike (Specialized Hardrock) and decked it out for touring. I've done the Kettle Valley Railway from Castlegar to Hope on the original knobbies and then toured with city slicks in Cuba. Now I've switched to Schwalbe Marathons and simply love them. I've used those in Belize and Guatemala, including a bit of dirt/gravel. But I'm wondering what would be a more suitable tire for the Baja area. It'll be about 50% pavement and 50% on dirt roads. A bit around Loreto/Mulege. Then near La Paz and down to Cabo via the East Cape. I understand there are some sandy spots and I distinctly remember doing a face plant fully loaded on some sandy "road" in Cuba in 2005

I live in Victoria, BC and the lack of supplies, bicycling and otherwise, is pretty limited so any quick advice would be greatly appreciated in case I need to order or head over to Vancouver for a shopping spree.



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Old 11-15-07, 02:29 PM   #2
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From what I have noticed from using 'Schwalbe Marathon Cross' tires the past few weeks, they would suit your needs perfectly. They're designed to be a 50/50 on/off road tire, but not as super-heavy as the Marathon XR. Either those or 'Marathon Plus ATB' Schwalbes.

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I'd go with Schwalbe Marathon XRs. I ran some 700c x 35mm XRs in the Baja last Dec with no flats - even though I ran over all sorts of debris + thorns. I didn't find them particularly slow so I left them on my bike and am still riding them.

Baja is awesome - you'll have a blast!
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Thanks for the replies guys. I'm becoming more and more excited as this draws closer. Never mind that I can't ride right now because of a broken ankle. I'm sure It'll be fine for the trip
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I'm headed to Baja in a month and will be riding a set of Marathon XR 26x2.00. Like you, I'll be 50/50 on/off road.
Sorry about the ankle. I've had two broken ones in the last 18 months, and while they've all but cut out my trail running, I'm thankfully able to keep the cranks a turning. Have a great trip!
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Sandy spots? I bicycled the whole Baja from Tijuana to La Paz and never really hit any sandy spots
There were a few small stretches where road construction was going on, but in that case it threw you off the road only for a little while onto really hard packed sand, which was no problem
I was riding Schwalbe Marathon Supremes on my Cannondale Cyclocross Disc
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Sandy spots? I bicycled the whole Baja from Tijuana to La Paz and never really hit any sandy spots
There were a few small stretches where road construction was going on, but in that case it threw you off the road only for a little while onto really hard packed sand, which was no problem
I was riding Schwalbe Marathon Supremes on my Cannondale Cyclocross Disc
If you want to read my journal and see pictures check out www.cyclingforacause.com
Lots of sandy spots and poor dirt roads if you don't stick exclusively to the main highway.
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