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Tires for C and O Canal Towpath

Old 04-20-15, 11:11 AM
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Tires for C and O Canal Towpath

This September, We are going to take a trip on the C and O Canal Towpath. The towpath has a compacted gravel surface. The bike is a Burley tandem with 26" x 1.5" (37mm) Compass tires. Part of the time, we will be carrying our gear on the bike. Do I need to get wider tires to handle this surface? If so, any recommendations?
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Old 04-20-15, 08:49 PM
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those are great tires and should be just about right for that trail.
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Old 04-20-15, 11:19 PM
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No. I struggled with 28mm tires. My advise is 32mm and up for the C&O... not sure how that suggestion would change for a tandem but I'd say aim for about 60psi.
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I have biked the C&O several times. Tires 1.5 inch to 2.0 inches should work okay.
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The GAP is crushed limestone with a smooth surface, the C&O is rather rooted & rutted clay, which turns into mudfest when raining. We often tour the GAP on a tandem (fully loaded panniers for camping) using 700x32. While this is good for the GAP, the C&O needs wider tires, 37 are better. September is drier, so good, but in wetter weather maybe a trailer? We love the GAP and the whole GAP/C&O is one amazing trail system, but we usually turn around in near Cumberland.
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Old 04-21-15, 11:42 AM
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I have Compass 1 1/2 inch tires on my Ibis and by caliper they measure 37.6 @ 65psi. I consider them to be my gravel wheel set and find that they pretty much float over the rough stuff.
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Originally Posted by Jhenry45 View Post
....... Do I need to get wider tires to handle this surface? If so, any recommendations?
Depends on the all up weight, and front <> rear loading of that weight.

A wider front tire would probably be beneficial, a Schwalbe Big Ben (Performance Line), as wide as will fit. Big Ben HS 439 | Schwalbe North America
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