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Eva on 8/6/2019 6:40:30 PM:
Are the trails road bike friendly??

 
Nicole from Newark, NJ on 8/6/2019 7:14:51 PM:
I'm really eager to hear the answer to this as well!

 
Bop from Rochester on 8/6/2019 8:17:48 PM:
What do you consider road friendly? I'm riding a Trek Domane and have see many different road bikes along it all the time. It's a hard pack trail that I have traveled many times from Hulberton to Newark. If you're looking for a smooth piece of asphalt, ride where your at. The paved section in my area has root bumps bulging up here and there from the trees. Spots that will require you to cross roads. People walking dogs, kids. It's a MUP path in the larger towns. Here, watch this. See if it's your cup of tea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziRwUGTwfQw

 
Bop from Rochester on 8/7/2019 10:13:12 AM:
Here's another good look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODe2OvBQtMo

 
Margaret from Amherst on 8/7/2019 10:58:24 AM:
HI, We did a trip from Lockport to Syracuse on the Erie Canal in June and I had a road bike- I was fine- There was a sandy section on the first day and our group elected to ride on the backroads for that small section- But most of the trail was absolutely fine. Margaret

 
John from Cobleskill on 8/21/2019 10:10:42 AM:
I am asking the same question myself since I love my road bike. From Utica eastward is mostly paved thus a road bike is fine. The "stone dust" is okay with my hybrid but I'm going to take my road bike on stone dust soon (like in the next week or so). But I'm wondering if all "stone dust" is created equal because there's a part of it, east of Little Falls, that listed as stone dust and is more like a 4 wheeler path through the forest than anything else. In the end, I might upgrade my road bike tires to the biggest, fattest ones I can put on it and go for it!

 
John from Cobleskill on 8/24/2019 9:55:19 AM:
Eva.... How far are you going on the Canal? If you are doing a day trip, road bikes are fine. But I am trying to do a Buffalo to Albany trip and I'm asking myself the same question and I've spent the greater part of this summer trying to get the right answer, trying different bikes (Mtn, road, Hybrid etc) and different tires. I've decided that doing end to end is possible with a road bike but I'm outfitting it with the best/widest/most rugged tires and tubes I can buy because parts of the canal trail is less than ideal for a road bike tire :) And I'm assuming a flat tire or two but that's the price I have to pay to use my beloved road bike. Enjoy.