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Tires for Baja

Hey all! I'm leaving soon for Baja and would like some advice on tires. Because I'm leaving from Phoenix, I would like to take MEX route 5 south to the 1 to save me some miles. But I understand the 5 turns into a dirt road approximately 40 miles north of the junction with the 1, south of San Felipe. Is this stretch easily negotiated with a thinner tire. I have seen pics of people riding this stretch on mountain bike tires but from the photos at least the road doesn't look all that bad. Is it mostly packed dirt? Is there much deep sand? I'm not opposed to riding 35mm touring tires on dirt roads and I am even contemplating getting a 42mm tire. Your thoughts on this route and tires is much appreciated. Thanks.

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Hi Matthew,
I cycled route 5 down to San Felipe and then continued through Coco's Corner back over to route 1 in 2013. I had 35 mm Schwalbe Marathon Mondiale tires on my Surly LHT. We had to negotiate a lot of deep sand and pushed our bikes for long portions of the route. It was also really rocky in sections although we had some pretty good packed dirt sections as well. We ended up hitching a ride for the last portion of it with Coco when we got tired of the rough roads and just wanted to get back to the pavement of route 1. Other than that, we had a blast. Beautiful desert scenery and lots of great wild camping.

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Thanks for sharing your experience Anna. It was exactly what I wanted to hear. I currently have some Schwalbe 35mm but their time has come so I'll be getting some continental 42mm for a little extra purchase on dirt. Thanks again and ride well mate.

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Anna, I hear that the prevailing wind on the peninsula is from the NW, but this info I have gathered from those who speak of route 1. Is this also true for route 5? I see that route 1 and 5 are separated by a mountain range and so this causes me to wonder. Thanks.

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That's a good question. I

That's a good question. I actually don't recall noticing a prevailing wind. We had nice calm weather that January. But route 5 was a great road that was newly paved. There was very little traffic and it felt like a big bike path just for us.

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