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Recommended tires?(7 posts)

Recommended tires?kapalua
Jul 17, 2002 10:49 AM
I am building up my dream bike, and of course, weight is an issue. I will be doing mostly training rides. What tires would you recommend?

Also, what are better tubes: latex or butyl?

re: Recommended tires?Royle Wheels
Jul 17, 2002 11:57 AM
I like Schwalbe tires from Germany. The Stelvio Light is a decent road tire weighing about 190gms in a 700 x 23c. Cost is around $45-50 each. Gerolsteiner use them if pro team use is of meaning to you.

Latex tubes have some rolling resistance advantages and also some puncture resistance benefits, but repairing them demands latex patches (easy if you have an old tube you cut up), and also require daily inflation, which light butyl tubes also's not a bad idea anyway to take off about 20psi after a ride and ALWAYS check your tire pressure before riding.

Jul 18, 2002 5:51 AM
re: Recommended tires?pygmyseahorse
Jul 18, 2002 8:05 AM

I have just bought a new bike which came with Schwalbe Stelvio 700 x 23C tires of which I am unfamiliar. The tires say 'inflate to 145 psi' which is higher than what I am used to. What pressure would you recommend? I am 165 lbs and my rides are usually on fairly smooth roads.
re: Recommended tires?Royle Wheels
Jul 18, 2002 10:16 AM
I typically inflate tires to 120psi when on smooth roads. If it's going to be a fast group ride I might put them up to 130psi.

I really think it's a case of try it and see, at the lower pressures you trade some rolling resistance for more give in the tire (a small amount of give at that) but it can help make things more comfortable. I would suggest trying about 120psi (and check them before each ride) and then experimenting from there.

re: Recommended tires?Avidrider
Jul 18, 2002 12:17 PM
Continental Ultra 2000's

After experimenting with a number of tires and getting alot of flats - I have appreciated the relatively low weight and durablity of these training tires. I have run sizes 700 by 20 right up to 700 by 28 and have had only one flat with the 700 by 20. Keep in mind that these size on the small size so a 700 by 23 is more like a 700 by 20.

Continental GP 3000...C-40
Jul 18, 2002 2:23 PM
I've had better luck with these than anything else. The new all black model looks good on any bike.

They often cost $45-50 from domestic sources, but has them for about $25 each with a free Vittoria tube. Shipping is $22, so buy enough to justify the freight cost.