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Old 03-09-18, 03:17 PM   #1
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Can I get yall's opinions on these options?

Looking for a hybrid for mountain bike to ride from Pittsburgh to DC for veterans charity. I have road bike but I think id be more comfortable on some thing else. I jack about bikes and for every bad review I find a good one. Can I get yalls thoughts on these two?

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Old 03-09-18, 07:14 PM   #2
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So about a 250 mi. ride?

Mountain bikes with knobby tires will rob you of efficiency on pavement, so unless you're really taking your time and don't care about such things, probably not the best option. You could retrofit a MTB with slicker / less knobby tires to improve efficiency, but it will still be a fairly heavy bike for that distance.

I'm assuming the reason you don't want to use your road bike is because of a too bent-over riding position. Assuming paved roads, I think a lightweight hybrid would be a better choice, to give you an upright riding position, better efficiency and lower gearing in case you need it.
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Oof!!!!

Is this a supported ride, or a self-supporting multi-day trip? How many days?

Paved roads? Paths and trails?

There are some who choose to tour on vintage MTBs primarily because of either rough roads or cargo capacity. The NISHIKI MANITOBA should be fine. It looks like it has rear top and bottom rack mounts, but I don't see anything on the front.

If you are mostly paved roads, and not carrying cargo, then just use your road bike. Or, as bargainguy mentioned, a rigid frame, rigid fork hybrid could be a good option.

There are quite a few discussions about rolling efficiency of wide tires. As far as I can tell, they do reasonably well, if you get the really high quality (smooth center) tires.
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If this fits it would be better for a long ride than that mountain bike.

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Any of those will work for you if they fit. Assuming you are riding the GAP trail followed by the C&O towpath, you do not need major gears. I did that ride a few years ago on a road bike with 28mm tires and it was not hard, just long. Probably changed three of four gears the entire trip, and I went west to east, which means the long uphill from Cumberland to Frostbirg.

So, yeah, if you're more comfy on an upright bike, use a hybrid and put smooth tires on it, you'll be fine. Unless you also need to take camping stuff along, in which case you'll need to add a rack or so.
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Itís gap trail and c&o. 335 miles.
I was concerned it it rained with road bike .
I def would put different tires on
5 days 335 miles. Like rails and trails

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supported and staying at motels.
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What route are you taking? When I rode it in 2014, from the Lincoln Memorial in downtown DC to Point Park in downtown Pittsburgh, it was 263 miles, including a few offshoots to get to the hotels and B&B's in which we stayed. Not sure where that extra 70 miles noted above is coming from.


If it rains after a dry spell, it will be muddy but not terrible, no fenders required. If it's been raining for several days before you set out, it can be very, very sloppy. Check out some of the blog posts, there are pictures. The year I rode it, we had two or three days of rain. I rode this, with no fenders, and it was fine:
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What route are you taking? When I rode it in 2014, from the Lincoln Memorial in downtown DC to Point Park in downtown Pittsburgh, it was 263 miles, including a few offshoots to get to the hotels and B&B's in which we stayed. Not sure where that extra 70 miles noted above is coming from.


If it rains after a dry spell, it will be muddy but not terrible, no fenders required. If it's been raining for several days before you set out, it can be very, very sloppy. Check out some of the blog posts, there are pictures. The year I rode it, we had two or three days of rain. I rode this, with no fenders, and it was fine:
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Great, that makes me feel better. Do you have blog?

Iím being told the Gap is 150 and C&O is 184. Then add in mileage to motel in DC. Iím inexperienced in riding but the organizations involved with the ride are legit and if they say 335, then I believe they will get up to 335.

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They are correct and I was mistaken.

Checked my records this morning and mileage from DC downtown to The Point was a tad over 351 miles.

Don't have a blog myself, but there are others out there who have done this ride and written about it on their website. I doubt I would have anything to add.
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That Nishiki Manitoba is too expensive, and those Alivio cranks are under recall by Shimano. This 6500 looks to be in good shape, and has STX components.

1995 Trek 6500 - $120 (Greenfield)

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That Nishiki Manitoba is too expensive, and those Alivio cranks are under recall by Shimano. This 6500 looks to be in good shape, and has STX components.

1995 Trek 6500 - $120 (Greenfield)

https://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/bi...520553476.html

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I never even thought about bikes having recalled parts.
Iím 5í11 and the hybrid size chart saints I need 2O inches.
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