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5 Responses to “Bike Rochester: Downtown to Fairport”

  1. Damian K says:

    I did just about the same ride on Sunday. I really hate going from Pittsford to Fairport though. That crushed stone gets all over my bike and I hate what it’s probably doing to the gears. I hear that most of the canal trail is paved once you get past Syracuse. But from Buffalo to Rochester (near Greece) its almost all that crushed stone.

  2. Xubean says:

    Funny that I have taken almost exact same photos along the canal. I don’t think I made it all the way to Fairport however, the crushed stone is what turned me off I believe. I’ll give it another shot some time this fall. I hope a lot of people read/see this and make use of the trail. It really is a great way to experience Rochester.

  3. Ryan Green says:

    I understand the crushed stone issue. I had a hybrid bike, not a high-quality road bike. But I still maintain that the stone really isn’t a big deal. I went when it wasn’t too dry, nor too wet, so maybe it would be annoying with sticky, loose sandy muck sticking to your gears or loose stone flying everywhere, but I had no problem. Yes, it maybe bad if you have ridiculously thin tires, but I never understood the appeal of thin tires, yes you can go fast, but you can only ride on 50% of roads and 20% NYS paths. Frankly, I don’t see their appeal. When I purchased, I chose a 70% road bike and elected to get thicker tires.

  4. Hirlene says:

    I think I just might try this!…or at least a portion of it.

  5. Ryan Green says:

    I just wanted to give an update, as I just did this route today (about a year after the story was posted):

    the path between Pittsford and Fairport was more like gravel then crushed stone at that section, this time, and was quite a bit more uneasy riding through it than the conditions shown here. I’m not sure if this is temporary or not. My guess is that they just dumped the gravel on recently, and over time the conditions weather to the finely crushed stone.

    Additionally, there are a few construction projects going on elsewhere. Light-posts have been installed in the Brighton area of the path.


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