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Old 05-25-14, 09:52 AM
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FYI... The C&O doesn't go from PGH to D.C. It goes from Cumberland, MD to D.C. The GAP goes from PGH to Cumberland. The trails are two different animals with mostly different surfaces.

I did the GAP last year fully loaded as part of a cross-PA tour on 32 Conti Contact IIs. No problemo. I also had been commuting on them. FWIW, I just put on a new set of 37c Conti Top Contract IIs in preparation for a tour in MT which may have about 100 miles of unpaved roads (with climbing and descending) ranging in surface from sand to bare rock and everything in between. Been commuting on them for the last week and I like them a lot. Our streets are so banged up after this winter that they are a welcome relief. They are heavy, but I like the ride. Note that the Conact II and Top Contact II are different, and the latter is made in Germany.
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