Oct 16, 2001 4:34 PM
|i'm trying to determine what the best wheels and tires would be for touring. i bought a used "touring" bike that came with Sunrims Venus 662/19.3 6000 series alloy and continental tires 37- 622 travelmaster. are these good for touring? if not, how much would they sell for (barely used) and what would be the kind you would recommend buying. THANKS a lot.|
|re: touring tires||Ahimsa|
Oct 16, 2001 5:10 PM
|Continental makes very nice tires, and your rims will be just fine as well if they are truly "barely used". Save your money to take the bike to a good local bike shop for a thorough tune up.
If you still wish to find replacements, check out www.harriscyclery.com
Sheldon has deals on decent touring wheels/tires all the time, and also articles you might peruse regarding all aspects of bicycles and especially touring.
Enjoy your new bike!
|Wheels sound OK...how about Panaracer Pasela tires?||cory|
Oct 17, 2001 5:16 PM
|I weigh about 220, and I like biggish tires. Panaracer Paselas in 35 or 32mm are pretty light, roll well and ride very comfortably. Avocet makes both slick and inverted-tread tires in the same sizes. I put 35mm Paselas on my Atlantis because Grant recommended them, and while I've tried others, I keep going back.|
|re: touring tires||dzrider|
Oct 18, 2001 5:47 AM
|I'm not familiar with the rims. Continental makes very good tires and if there's enough tread and no dry rot use them. I ride Avocet Cross K tires for touring and commuting with very good results. They're flat resistant, comfortable , last for years and handle dirt roads when they have to.|
Oct 19, 2001 9:03 AM
|I was frustrated with side wall blowouts and splits in my slicks when I commuted and found I was replacing my rear tires every few hundred miles. They kep getting rips in them despite my attempts to avoid every road obstacle around. Commuting with a pack ads weight to the bike and regular tires I don't think can handle it.
Anyway, I boutght some Specialized Armidillos (77x23) and have put 1500 miles on them. I swear they look brand new. No rips, tears, wear or abrasions of anykind that I can notice, and I obsess over this stuff. I have a new set waiting and when I compare the used and the new, I see little wear.
I tried a few shops but found the best place to get them is at specialized.com. $30 each, $5 shipping per order (about that?).
|Me too||nee Spoke Wrench|
Oct 21, 2001 6:23 AM
|I use Armadillos on my tandem and on the retro-grouch bike. I think they are all but bullet proof. They're a little heavy, but we are going for durability here. If I want high performance, I'll use a lighter bike with lighter tires.|| |