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Solid commuting - Touring tires(8 posts)

Solid commuting - Touring tiresUncleMoe
Sep 7, 2001 7:59 PM
I've gotten a little frustrated. My road bike came with Vittoria Action HSD's. After about 800 miles the sidewall blew during an 80 mile ride and the tube popped right out.

LBS recommended the Vittoria Rubino's as being a little more heavy duty. Both have a Kevlar base compound in them, but to me the Rubino was the same tire with just a little more tread vs. the HSD which is semi slick in appearance.

I've put maybe 500-600 miles on the Rubino and today I got home and noticed a tear across the tread that makes it look sketchy to ride. If I hit something just right it'll probably tear right open.

Both of these tires are in the $20-$25 range.

My question is - for those of you who do touring and commuting (not racing), can you recommend a good solid tire that can take a little more abuse?

I ride pretty defensively and keep an eye out for rocks and glass on the road. I've been out of road biking for 5 years or so, and never had problems like this before. So either I am hitting some bad luck or these tires blow.

I'd really like to find something reliable soon. In October I am doing a 600 mile trip in 9 days and would like to be riding on a more solid tire.

Thanks for any advice. I've read some of the reviews, but I have trouble telling what tires are for racing, etc.
Panaracer Pasela TGsMe Dot Org
Sep 7, 2001 8:06 PM
Light and strong, with suprisingly low rolling resistance for a touring tire. I've been running them since the California Aids ride in June. One word of caution - they seem to run a little narrow, the 25cm actually looks more like a 23cm width.
re: Solid commuting - Touring tiresMVN
Sep 7, 2001 8:09 PM
I just had some Specialized Turbo Armadillo tires put on my bike (I train and commute, no racing) on the advice of my LBS owner. They are a little heavier than what came on them, but like I said, I'm not racing anytime soon. He said his customers that use them really like them and they are virtually flatproof. The tag was $27.99 each, but he swapped them out for me. Good luck.
AvocetRich Clark
Sep 7, 2001 8:19 PM
I've heard many high recommendation of Avocet Fasgrip 20K tires, which come in sizes all the way down to 700x20c. I haven't used them, but I have a pair of Avocet Cross K's on my tourer that have 3400 flat-free miles on them. But some road bikes might not be able to clear the 700x28's (the smallest size they come in) even though Avocets tend to run smaller than rated (My 700x32's actually measure 28.)

The Continental Top Touring 2000 tires on my new bike have been flat-free so far (1200 miles), and touring riders love them, but 28 is as small as they come.

re: Solid commuting - Touring tiresdavet
Sep 7, 2001 8:59 PM
A tire that I have used in a variety of horrible conditions, that has a very nice and comfortable ride and sems to last forever are Continental Top Touring 2000. They handle well, and can roll over anything on the side of the road with relative impunity and are sure-footed in the wet. They are often the choice of loaded touring riders because of their qualities.
second the Conti Top Touring 2000'sMJ
Sep 8, 2001 1:59 AM
good rolling resistance and almost bullet proof - ideal for commuting
ruffy-tuffy from Rivendellnm
Sep 8, 2001 3:37 AM
Specialized Nimbus EXKen2
Sep 8, 2001 7:43 AM
I've had great luck commuting with these tires. They have a proprietary "Flak Jacket" casing that seems virtually cut and puncture proof. Come in various widths--I use the 700 x 28 on a cross bike, might be too wide for roadbike use, but there are smaller sizes too.