For the ride, I took my Mercian Vincitore path racer - a fixed-gear, single speed bike equipped cyclocross tires, fenders, and a couple of small bags.
|That's a Velo-Orange stem and bell, with Soma Portola dirt-drop style bars, a Velo-Orange rack with small Berthoud bag, and Honjo fenders.|
The Mercian path racer is an ideal bike for rides like this one - in fact, rides like this are exactly what the bike was built for. The towpath is mostly paved with a crushed limestone, and when it's dry, that dust coats every bit of a bicycle - particularly the drivetrain. That dust will completely gum up a freewheel, or a derailleur. I've seen freewheels completely seized up from it. But the fixed gear drivetrain has a lot less to worry about. Also, there are almost no hills along the path (no more than about 5% grade) so one carefully selected gear is plenty. I have Challenge Grifo XS cyclocross tires on the bike, which are cushy and have an ideal tread for maintaining grip on the packed limestone surface.
Just a brief post - not a lot more to say. I hope the fall weather is good where you are.