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toughest commuter tires?(15 posts)

toughest commuter tires?bike n veg
Dec 20, 2001 7:05 AM
Any thoughts on the toughest tires for a road bike? The bike is used for 30-mile round trip commute, not for racing. So I'm looking for something that will hold up against broken glass and other road debris. Will any kevlar tire work?

thanks - bnv
Dec 20, 2001 7:15 AM
The Pasela is a pretty stout tire; get the 700x35 if it fits.

Dec 20, 2001 7:18 AM
Panaracers Are A Good Call...Greg Taylor
Dec 20, 2001 7:53 AM
The kevlar belted ones backed up with a tire liner should be bulletproof. They will be heavy and slow, so they WILL whup you into shape. I've had very good luck with Panaracers. Nicely made and last forever.

For my commuter I go the cheap route -- Michelin Sports (700 x 25, usually under $10 a pop) and tire liners. They last a decent amount of time, and with the tire liner they tend to shrug off most road debris. If I do cut one badly, I don't cry when it goes into the recycle bin.

Continental Gatorskins are supposed to be pretty tough too (I've never owned a set).
ruffy tuffyJack S
Dec 20, 2001 7:20 AM
from Rivendell
Dec 20, 2001 7:53 AM
The Specialized Armadillo is the toughest tire I've ever ridden, if you can call it riding...

Any 'Kevlar' tire won't work, because calling a tire 'Kevlar' only means that the bead is Kevlar instead of wire, not necessarily that the tread has a kevlar belt.
2nd the ArmidilloUncleMoe
Dec 20, 2001 8:43 AM
I've been riding mine for 2000 miles. Barely a hint of wear, not a single flat. Some of reviews mention a harsh ride. It seems fine to me.
Dec 20, 2001 11:27 AM
I began night riding a few months back, both Road and MTB. Last week a pot hole snuck up on me. I had enough time to pop the front wheel over it, but the rear wheel dropped down in and caught the edge of the pot hole pretty good.

I wasn't sure even the Armidillos could handle it. But I rode home another 10 miles, checked the wheels, and not even a scatch, rip, tear, blemish.

I've had a tough time finding them in shops so I order directly on Be careful though. When they package them they sort of twist the tires around twice into a small circle. When you unfold them, they open up real quick. lol - gave me a bloody lip when the first one unfolded and whapped me in the face!
1 vote for Avocet Crossdzrider
Dec 20, 2001 8:16 AM
I've had mine for so long I'm not sure they're still made! The tread life approaches infinite and the side-walls are tough enough to survive for years
Dec 20, 2001 9:39 AM
I use Specialized Nimbus EX 700 x 28 (also comes in other widths). You can buy them on Spec. website for 19.99 each. They have a proprietary "FlakJacket" that seems to repel just about anything short of a nail pointing straight up out of the pavement. Also comes in an Armadillo version which is a bit heavier--I've never tried it since the regular EX works well for me on my commute.
Conti Top Touring 2000Applejuice
Dec 20, 2001 12:02 PM
Used this tire for about 2000 km and it still looked almost unworn. And that was despite being on the rear.

Not the lightest, but very strong and very long lasting.
toughest commuter tires!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:Rusty McNasty
Dec 20, 2001 12:40 PM
Conti TT2K's: very good
Armadillos: extremely good
Tufo Specials: The absolute best
seems to be lots of tough tires out there - thanks (nm)bike n veg
Dec 20, 2001 12:52 PM
Avocet Cross K and Conti TT 2000Rich Clark
Dec 20, 2001 2:40 PM
I commute into Philadelphia, 26mi RT. On my current bikes are Avocet Cross K's (3600 mi) and Continental Top Touring 2000 (2200 mi), both 700x32c. I've had no flats with either set. The Conti's are smoother riding, but they're mounted on a lighter bike. Both sets are wearing very well, and look like they have many thousands of miles left in them. I run them both at 90-95psi.

My previous commuting bike has Specialized Nimbus EX (700x35c) mounted; the guy I sold it to also commutes and the tires have been fine for him as well. My son has Nimbus EX's on his MTB which he rides to school and work on, and they've been great.

Frankly, I think the width of the tires has as much to do with their durability and flat-resistance as anything else. For commuting, I'd be uncomfortable with less than a 32.

Conti TTs on my daily...Ahimsa
Dec 20, 2001 5:42 PM
I like 'em, although that toughness is a compromise for the nice sticky traction of softer compound tires in the turns. They are also pretty heavy and I'm not a weight weenie by any means. I really want the Ruffy Tuffy tire as mentioned by poster "Jack S" above. They sound like my dream tire materialized.