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    Allegheny Passage/ C&O tire width question

    OK tire gurus, if you had a choice, which 26" tire width would you run for this trip, 1 1/4" or 1 1/2" or neither. (Mind you the third choice will probably keep me from sampling as many crabcakes as I would have hoped) As always, thank you for your input.

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    also best tire size for a 700 size tire? would a 700x28 work well or should it be wider? thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by robow View Post
    OK tire gurus, if you had a choice, which 26" tire width would you run for this trip, 1 1/4" or 1 1/2" or neither. (Mind you the third choice will probably keep me from sampling as many crabcakes as I would have hoped) As always, thank you for your input.
    Well, after talking with some folks, it appears that the C&O is the tricky place because its dirt. If there's no rain, tires are not an issue. However, I decided to swap out my 26 x 1.5 WTB Slickasaurus tires for some WTB All Terrainasaurus. Got them at Nashabar on sale a few weeks ago for $13/ea (they are still on sale). I haven't mounted them let, but they look like they'll proved the traction required if its wet/muddy.

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    I rode the entire trail on 700x32s with no problems. I was pulling a trailer as well. 26x11/4 would work but w/ a muddy trail one might go wider....and it is muddy right now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robow View Post
    OK tire gurus, if you had a choice, which 26" tire width would you run for this trip, 1 1/4" or 1 1/2" or neither. (Mind you the third choice will probably keep me from sampling as many crabcakes as I would have hoped) As always, thank you for your input.
    Depends on the weather. The wetter the more you need a tire with some width and tread. If it is dry you could easily ride it with pretty skinny tires. If unsure about the weather go with the wider ones.

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    After this weeks rain, 26x2.1's Between the mud on the C&O and the soft crushed limestone on the GAP

    Normal days I wouldn't ride it on less than 32mm's. I'm running there this weekend, I'll be on a MTB with 2.0's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joel2old View Post
    also best tire size for a 700 size tire? would a 700x28 work well or should it be wider? thanks
    I used 700x32 successfully twice, although during the first 'wet' trip I would have preferred a wider tire with some tread. When I ride in June, I'll be using wider cyclecross tires instead of my hardcase commuting set.

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    I'm with The Historian on this one - 700x32 will work, but barely. I found myself wishing for wider tires - and fenders!
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    ...and I was quite happy with 700x32. But I did wish I had fenders...

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    I did the whole C&O last weekend on mostly slick 700x35 Vittoria Randonneurs. We had rain one of the days, and I didn't have any problems related to the tires.

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    Done it twice on 700X35's (Schwalbe Marathon Supremes) and never a bit of trouble. One trip was dry, the other pretty wet and I was glad to have fenders. Personally wouldn't have wanted a skinnier tire.

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    About any non-slick tire will work. I'd tend towards the wider tires as you will have areas with sketchy traction. The Schwalbe Marathons are excellent more for the puncture resistance than for the tread.

    There are bike shops at pretty regular intervals so you may not need to carry a spare tire, just a couple tubes and a patch kit. The roughest portion of the journey (except for the Pinkerton Tunnel bypass) is near DC actually. I had to let air out to get past that area with my wristbones in tact due to the washboards and many small rocks.

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    I've done the length on 700x40c marathons. These were pretty good though it was early in the year and the GAP section was soggy which made going slower and might have been better with wider rubber. I ended up breaking a spoke about 50miles out from DC (only had 32 spoke wheels) and I agree with the others that this section is the roughest.

    I have done some small sections of the C&O canal near DC on 700x28 gators and that was brutal. I was unloaded at the time.

    I'm doing a ride down the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route this summer and have gone for 700x50c marathon XRs (they just fit my bike). So I'd go for the largest tires you can fit on the bike.
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    I've done only a short bit with 32's. my hands were feeling the shocks. I'm not sure if gloves would have prevented this, but next time I am using larger tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuckFat View Post
    About any non-slick tire will work. I'd tend towards the wider tires as you will have areas with sketchy traction. The Schwalbe Marathons are excellent more for the puncture resistance than for the tread.

    There are bike shops at pretty regular intervals so you may not need to carry a spare tire, just a couple tubes and a patch kit. The roughest portion of the journey (except for the Pinkerton Tunnel bypass) is near DC actually. I had to let air out to get past that area with my wristbones in tact due to the washboards and many small rocks.
    Yes, that stretch from mile 25 to Great Falls was the rockiest on the C & O, aside from a short stretch near Harper's Ferry.

    Pinkerton Horn wasn't a problem on either of my trips last year, but Ohiopyle is pretty rough in spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madscot13 View Post
    I've done only a short bit with 32's. my hands were feeling the shocks. I'm not sure if gloves would have prevented this, but next time I am using larger tires.
    Both times I did this trip I was very happy to have gel gloves.

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    50mm big apples at about 35 psi

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    Ok, I think I get it. In general, bigger is better so it's 1 1/2- 1 3/4", but it's going to be tough keeping up with that speedster Spinnaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    Pinkerton Horn wasn't a problem on either of my trips last year, but Ohiopyle is pretty rough in spots.
    I hit Pinkerton after it rained the night before. Although limestone it was riding in quicksand it was so soft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robow View Post
    Ok, I think I get it. In general, bigger is better so it's 1 1/2- 1 3/4", but it's going to be tough keeping up with that speedster Spinnaker.
    It is not me you need to worry about. My buddy Dave is older than all of us, I am sure and we will be just getting started on the Montour and he will be sipping a beer down in DC. OK a bit of an exaggeration but not much.
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    Wow now you guys have me thinking I should go wider. I have 32s right now.

    Anyone try the WTBs

    Or the Kendra's
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
    Wow now you guys have me thinking I should go wider. I have 32s right now.

    Anyone try the WTBs

    Or the Kendra's
    You running 700c's Spinnaker? I have a set of the WTB Interwolf's sitting here you can have. They were pulled with 20 miles on them in favor of Conti tourings. Decent tires they seem, I pulled them because they're a bit cyclocross'ish and subsequently had some buzz on pavement (They came new on my 09 Gary Fisher)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
    You running 700c's Spinnaker? I have a set of the WTB Interwolf's sitting here you can have. They were pulled with 20 miles on them in favor of Conti tourings. Decent tires they seem, I pulled them because they're a bit cyclocross'ish and subsequently had some buzz on pavement (They came new on my 09 Gary Fisher)
    Wow that is really generous. Yes I am running 700c.

    Not to look a gift horse in the mouth but what width are they? (They might as well go to someone else if they are no wider than 32s.)

    How would you get them to me? I could reimburse you for shipping. Or maybe you could just bring them with you when you join us for the tour???? (hint hint hint)
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
    Wow that is really generous. Yes I am running 700c.

    Not to look a gift horse in the mouth but what width are they? (They might as well go to someone else if they are no wider than 32s.)

    How would you get them to me? I could reimburse you for shipping. Or maybe you could just bring them with you when you join us for the tour???? (hint hint hint)
    They're 38mm's. I could box and ship, or I'm sure I'll be up that way even before the tour. Was going to run this weekend, but was taking the bike off the car yesterday, picked it up and turned, and the old man part of my back decided to make itself known

    They'll prolly make a decent trail tire. The bike they came with was converted to a fendered road commuter and I just opted with a smoother tire that had built in flat protection (Continental Touring Plus's)
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    Quote Originally Posted by robow View Post
    Ok, I think I get it. In general, bigger is better so it's 1 1/2- 1 3/4", but it's going to be tough keeping up with that speedster Spinnaker.
    As long as you are faster than me, you still win.

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