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Garett from Pittsburgh on 3/8/2012 11:17:49 PM:
I'll be biking the c&o early april. I've done most of the GAP on my road bike with 700x25 tires with no problems. Is this suitable for the C&O, or should i step up to a hybrid or mountain bike?

wayne from Williamsburg, VA on 3/9/2012 10:57:16 AM:
Thats cutting it close. I have 500X35 and I wouldn't ride anything skinnier...just me. C&O can be pretty rough!

wayne from Williamsburg, VA on 3/9/2012 10:58:18 AM:
Sorry, fat fingers....700X35

lenny on 3/9/2012 6:04:20 PM:
I agree, your a litte thin. I'd go to a 32 minimum

Randy on 3/14/2012 9:42:47 AM:
Hybrid or Mountain Bike Tires are best. I recently switched to Kenda's Kevlar Tires (26 x 1.95) and get a really nice ride. I'm hoping it will help deter flats. Lots of sharp rocks on the C&O. Take a couple of spare inner tubes for the trip.

Anonymous on 3/19/2012 12:21:53 PM:
I think your bike is fine as long as you can put some larger tires on it. I am 170lbs and I ride my SOMA Smootie with 700x28c and before that I rode a Redline 9.2.5 with 700x32c tires. That should be fine if you don't cary more than tools, clothes some cliff bars and a bivy sack. anything more than that and you should consider 32c the lower limit for tires.