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Road/Commuting tire - Help!(6 posts)

Road/Commuting tire - Help!Neil
Feb 27, 2002 4:40 AM
I am looking at the Bi-Sport ot Courier (Vittoria)for urban road riding and occasional hard-pack access roads.

Any thoughts?

Would like to avoid going to CX tires for weight savings.
Different design problemsSpoke Wrench
Feb 27, 2002 5:46 AM
Light weight is cool for most of the road riding I do, but the number of broken beer bottles on your commuting route may make lightweight tires impractical. I think that as you improve the high speed performance aspects of a tire with lightweight caseings and softer rubber, you sacrifice some of the durability. You get to decide where to draw the line between performance and durability for where and how you ride.

My decision was not to draw it. I have light and supple but fragile Axial-Pros on my go-fast bike and durable but stiff and heavy Specialized Armadillos on my low maintenance retro-grouch bike.
re: Road/Commuting tire - Help!bent_sprocket
Feb 27, 2002 5:50 AM
You might take a look at the Rivendell Ruffy-Tuffy. I use them in my commuter (which is really a 'crosser) in the spring, summer, and fall. in the winter, i go back to 'cross tires or studded nokians.

The Ruffy-Tuffy tires aren't exactly cheap, but I've managed to only go through 2 (not counting the two that are on the summer wheelset right now) in a year of commuting 38 miles roundtrip, 5 days a week, plus touring/club rides on the weekends.

You can check them out at
Some other (and cheaper) suggestionsRetro
Feb 27, 2002 8:48 AM
Ruffy Tuffy looks good to me, too, but $45 is pretty steep even though I'd like to see Rivendell thrive. I've been using Panaracer Paselas on my Atlantis for about a year--light, cheap ($30 from Rivendell, but often $19 or so elsewhere) and roll pretty well. Specialized Armadillos are good, too, and a friend swears by the house brand Kevlar-belted tires from Nashbar and Performance. They're often on sale for $12-$15, and he says they're as good as anything for commuting.
If you haven't already thought of it, consider going up a size or two to deal with potholes and whatnot.
Vittoria PRB TiresPoulidor
Feb 27, 2002 8:15 AM
I have used the Vittoria Techno-Twin tires for years of commuting, with very good luck. It had one of the earliest versions of Vittoria's PRB (kevlar puncture resistant belt). The current models that are similar and also have the PRB are the Courier T.T., the Action HSD and Action Pro. I have used the Action Pro tires and have been very satisfied.

Vittoria Mastercross + Mr Tuffybigdave
Feb 27, 2002 9:03 AM
I'm using Vittoria Mastercross (700x27) with Mr Tuffy liners in them and they're pretty stout... both in durability and in weight. It's a hefty combo, but think about how strong having to accelerate all that rotating mass will make you! ;-)


PS -- I agree that light weight and commuting durability are pretty much mutually exclusive.