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Best rain tiresveloboy
Jul 20, 2001 7:58 AM
Hey,

I am sure this question has been posted before but I can't seem to find anything in the archives. I am looking for good tires for wet weather. I usually ride Michelin Axial Pros and like them when its dry but they suck when its wet. Like most tires I slide on corners but they really get me on climbs, especially when I come out of the saddle. They just slip under me and its dangerous at times. The tires are in good shape, there's just no tread.

Any suggestions for a different product? I am bigger than a lot of riders at 6' 187lbs (this morning - the weekend's coming). I am not looking to spend more than $30 on a tire either.

Any suggestions other than new tires are welcome as well.

Thanks,

Dave
sipes?Dog
Jul 20, 2001 9:11 AM
I've read that sipes (tread) don't make any difference on a bike tire, as the contact patch size and shape are so small compared to the weight on it. The more important consideration is likely total rubber on the road and the softness (grippiness?) of the rubber.

Usually, you'd lower your tire pressure a bit to create a larger contact patch for rain. Or, you might put on some 28mm or 35mm tires for rain, running 90 psi or so. As far as grippiness, I'd tend to think you'd just have experiment, but the silicon rubbers seem to be grippier than the carbon rubbers.

See: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tires.html#hydroplaning

Doug
Vittoria Open All Weather...3kidney
Jul 20, 2001 10:17 AM
are the best I have used in the wet. Corsa CX does well too. US prices are way over your $$ limit but if you order from a UK store you can get mid $20 range (last All-weathers I got were $25.50 each at www.parkerinternational.co.uk and there are no duties on tires).

An added advantage is they have a much better ride than Axial Pros running the pressure. The thread count is about 2.5 times higher than Axial.
Christian VandeVelde...is this you? (nm)Al Nipples
Jul 20, 2001 12:43 PM