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LS Biker from Missouri on 1/15/2019 1:41:43 PM:
Two of us are considering riding the GAP/C&O the fall of 2019. We think the best way is to drive to Pittsburgh and take the train or a shuttle to Washington DC. I am looking for recommendations which is the best way to do this. The train has a lot of restrictions as my bike tires are 2.25", train allows up to 2", handle bar max width 8.5", mine are wider etc. The train for 2 is around $150 and Shuttles are over $500. Is there a better way to travel one way to Washington?

Road rider on 1/15/2019 10:04:57 PM:
Most mountain bike tires would exceed 2 inches . I haven't seen any comments on the train forums about trouble fitting bikes into the racks using the roll-on option. Deflating the tires would be a work-around. I presume you carry a pump and tools to turn your bars. You still have the option of boxing the bikes as checked baggage from Pittsburgh to Washington, DC.

Richard from DC on 1/16/2019 9:29:46 AM:
You can rent an SUV in Pittsburg and drop it at Union Station in Washingon for about $156. That's a one-way, one-day rental.

Bwillson from Irving Texas on 1/16/2019 12:04:13 PM:
Last year my wife and I rode from Pittsburgh to DC. Once we got to DC, we took the Metro to Reagan National and rented a small SUV. Taking the wheels off the bikes, they fit well. A one way rental was about half the cost of the shuttle.