|Tires for commuter bike?||gotj|
Jul 12, 2002 8:21 AM
|I have a 1988 Schwinn Sierra mtb that I'd like to use as a year-round commuter (in the SF Bay Area, Palo Alto to be specific). My regular commute will be 3-4 miles each way, with occasional diversions. I may be carrying my 4 year old daughter on a kid's seat behind me occasionally.
The commute will be on a bike path and surburban streets.
I'm looking for tire recommendations for this purpose. The knobby tires that came with the bike years ago are a bit slow for use on paved roads. Any recommendations for something faster yet durable for a commute and that will fit on a mtb?
I guess I'll probably want to put fenders on as well, so recommendations there would be good, too. I can probably use the rack for the child's seat for carrying things when my daughter's not using it and a backpack when she is.
Am I missing anything else?
|re: Tires for commuter bike?||Pygme|
Jul 12, 2002 8:28 AM
|Continental Town and Country tires. They cant be beat.
They have a high center ridge for low rolling resistance. There are knobs on the side wall for stablility on the off-road sections. The are resistant to flats/punctures.
I had a set with over 15,000 miles on them and had less than 5 flats. Had to replace them because the side walls were getting dry rotted.
I usually air them up to between 55-60 lbs.
|Second the Town & Country's.||Spoke Wrench|
Jul 12, 2002 8:54 AM
|I was looking for a 2" wide Gatorskin slick for my commuter/ beater bike. Puncture resistance was my top priority for that bike. The guys at Continental said they didn't have a Gatorskin, but suggested T&C's. So far I've been very happy with that choice.|
|Check out the Schwalbes......||muncher|
Jul 12, 2002 8:32 AM
|Do a search on my name on the CX board and you'll find a link to them - just go in and switch to the MTB size page.
They are great value for money too, and you get a reflective sidewall that really works, which is a bonus for commuting.
|Here ya go...||muncher|
Jul 12, 2002 8:38 AM
|second the Schwalbes - nm||MJ|
Jul 12, 2002 9:05 AM
|Like the T&C's, too...but they're WAY heavy. some others...||cory|
Jul 13, 2002 7:36 AM
|I had Town & Countrys on my commuter for awhile. They're tough but I think heavier-duty than you need for that ride (I used to live in Palo Alto). I'd check out Panaracer Paselas in 26-inch, or Avocet's, uh, forget the name, inverted tread tires. Also, there are a bunch of generic mountain bike slicks and semi-slicks that are light, cheap and pretty much interchangeable. I've used Nashbars, Performance, Tiogas, Michelins and a few others.|| |