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MB1 & Spinchick; tires for off-road road bikes...(6 posts)

MB1 & Spinchick; tires for off-road road tornado headf
Sep 6, 2001 7:25 AM
Just wondered what tires you guys were using. My son's scout troop is taking a bike camping trip and we'll be riding on gravel trails, so. . . I didn't quite want to go to 'cross tires as I plan on using it for a commuter as well. Panaracer Paselas? Roll-y Poll-y's?

Anyone else car to chime in, as well?
Oh, boy! One of my favorite subjects!cory
Sep 6, 2001 7:43 AM
I've been riding my road bikes offroad for years, because I live in an area with lots of interesting dirt connected by pavement. I have Paselas on both road bikes right now (32s on the Allez--biggest that will fit--and 35s on the Atlantis), and they're not bad for decent dirt/gravel surfaces.

The tread pattern doesn't seem to make much difference in this application, but tire pressure does. If they'll fit, I recommend the 35s. You can run them at lower pressures (I weigh 220, and they're fine at 70psi), which really helps. Then I pump them up to 85 or so for pavement and they roll right along (max rated pressure is 75, but no probs so far).

You also might look at those Avocets with the inverted tread, I forget the name. As I recall, though, they're pretty heavy. I like the 35mm Paselas as well as anything I've used for all-around riding. Since your son is probably lighter than I am, though, he might be able to get the same results with the 32s (which measure only 25mm wide on my wheels, by the way) at lower pressures. I have to run 90-100 to avoid pinch flats with those.
Cory, where do you ride? Anywhere near DC? nmMB1
Sep 6, 2001 7:52 AM
Don't spend a lot of $$$ on road tires for the dirt.MB1
Sep 6, 2001 7:50 AM
Just get something as wide as the frame will reasonably handle. Usually bike shops have lots of suitable tires sitting around that have been swapped off new bikes at the time of sale. Look for a good deal. And don't worry about weight-get something nice & sturdy.

I will use almost anything, I am really happy with Avocet Cross tires with the inverted tread. 6000 miles on a set with plenty of life left in them. 700X38 size fit my 'crosser.
I just bought the 28s that were on sale...Spinchick
Sep 6, 2001 9:19 AM
at my LBS. I know nothing about tire brands. I know little about bikes except that I love to ride them. I am learning though - thanks to this site. The 28s are good in gravel/packed dirt and fine on the road too. I haven't noticed any difference in speed on the road with them. The cool thing is if you come upon an unpaved road, you don't have to turn around and go back fearing a flat. And, no problem hitting 18mph over a bumpy cow pasture...especially when a large, four-legged creature is gaining on you. Just watch out for those blasted sand pits.
LLamasJohn Evans
Sep 6, 2001 9:32 AM
I came across a dead llama on a mt trail once. That one didn't chase me.