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touring tires(6 posts)

touring tiresjody1
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 tiresAhimsa
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!

A.
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 tiresdzrider
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.
Specialized ArmadillosUncleMoe
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 toonee 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.