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Touring Newbie Needs Advice(4 posts)

Touring Newbie Needs AdviceBob23
Jul 14, 2003 8:38 PM
I'm getting ready for my inaugural touring trip from Reading PA to Washington DC. Any tips for touring in that area? Is there a good way to get into Washington Dulles airport? It looks like I can't use my hard case for my bike because the airport no longer has baggage storage services after 9/11. So I guess I'm going to have to use a cardboard box. Also, any advice for tires? I've got 700 x 23c Continental Ultra Gator Skins on my Marin Vincenza. The guy at the bike shop said I could put bigger tires, 700 x 32 or 35, to get a smoother ride or just run with what I have. It seems to me that most, if not all, of the loaded touring bikes I've seen have the larger tires. I would appreciate any thoughts on these matters.
Make sure you mark your path out prior to startingbigrider
Jul 15, 2003 9:36 AM
You are talking very populated cities with many highways. Pick a good route or you could run into problems. I would assume you are going to travel west above Lancaster then cross the Susquehanna and travel below York, and head west around Baltimore?
What I'd do: get a detailed map and look for scenic routes...Lon Norder
Jul 15, 2003 1:48 PM
These are usually marked on the map. If you can't find any scenic routes, look for backroads and avoid large, direct routes, which probably will have lots of traffic.

I used to live in suburban DC and I liked to ride the Rock Creek bike path from Lake Needwood near Gaithersburg into DC. Either that or hook up with the C and O towpath (smooth dirt) along the Potomac.

You didn't say how much weight you're carrying, so I can't recommend a tire size.
What I'd do: get a detailed map and look for scenic routes...Bob23
Jul 15, 2003 9:09 PM
Thanks. I couldn't get the flight into D.C., so I'm going to stay in SE PA. Your advice sounds like a good plan. I don't know how much weight, but I'm hoping to keep it under 30lbs.