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Favorite touring tires?(5 posts)

Favorite touring tires?nn23
Jul 24, 2002 7:51 PM
I was looking for a tire for loaded touring and wish to know how wide a tire most people use for this. 25c , 28c , 32c ?

I have a regular road bike and am not sure how wide a tire I may be able to fit on it.

I currently run the GP3000 700x23c tires and for the tour I was thinking of just replacing the rear tire with a fatter one, while keeping the front as is. Do you think this is a good idea.

What specific do you use/recommend?

Continental Top Touring 2000...........davet
Jul 24, 2002 9:39 PM
........are my favorite touring tires. They wear like iron, have excellent grip in ALL conditons and I never flatted using those tires. I think the smallest they come is 700x28 and I don't know if they will fit under your brake calipers. If the Top Touring tire won't work, perhaps a very good tire for your bike would be the Continental GP3000 4-season or the Gatorskin. In any case, if you are going to do loaded touring using your existing bike, you should run the largest tires, front and rear, that will fit your bike.
Ditto on the Top Touring 2000's...........cycle63
Jul 25, 2002 6:03 AM
I agree on the Conti TT 2000's. I went on a 1400 mile tour and road over some pretty bad stuff, fully loaded, and never got a flat. These tires give a smooth ride as well which is important for long touring days. I wouldn't mix sizes. The bike would be alot more stable with the same size tire front & rear.
Thirds on the Top Touring 2000's...........rwbadley
Jul 25, 2002 6:46 AM
We use them on the tandem. Good tire. When they are new, they don't handle quite as good as after a few hundred miles, They will seem a little squirmy at first, due, I think, to the tread design.

Well, SOMEBODY'S got to vote for Panaracer PaselasSilverback
Jul 25, 2002 7:12 AM
I have 32s on one bike and 35s on the other, and I like 'em both. The 35s actually measure about 30mm and the 32s almost exactly 25mm, if that's a factor.