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Commuter Tires and riding in the breakdown lane.(12 posts)

Commuter Tires and riding in the breakdown lane.gildomilo
Aug 4, 2003 1:47 PM
I'm searching for some new tires for my touring bike that will be more durable and puncture resistant then the ritchey's that are on there. Does anyone have a reccomendation for a 700X tire that is strong? Conti Top Tours? Also do most of you ride in the sholder or in the travel lane?

Aug 4, 2003 2:41 PM
either the top touring or the specialized commuter tires that weigh 8 lbs get my endorsement. Ive got 700x28 top tourings on my 'cross now and have yet to flat in the 700 miles Ive put on them. to your other question, ride the shoulder if paved. if not then absolutely not.
Panny Pasela TGJervis
Aug 4, 2003 3:43 PM
I've ridden them 3 or 400 miles with butyl tubes and no flats whatsoever. The Pasela TG is just like the reg. Pasela but they add a kevlar casing to help prevent puncture flats. 280 something grams and $20 bucks a pop. Also handle well in rain.

2nd those Pannies--had three or four sets (nm)cory
Aug 4, 2003 4:01 PM
2nd those Pannies--had three or four sets (nm)snapdragen
Aug 4, 2003 5:18 PM
I'll 3rd the Pasela TG's. The only time I've had a flat is when my rim tape got bunched (I wonder if that's similar to getting one's knickers in a twist.....)and the hole for the spoke bit my tube.

Nashbar carries 'em.

Very good tire IMO (nm)geeker
Aug 4, 2003 5:13 PM
I've been surprised by Panaracer T-Serve tires...biknben
Aug 4, 2003 3:48 PM
I have T-Serve tires on my commuter. They are handling very well in the wear department. They have an agressive tread pattern but are vey comfortable. They aren't that heavy. I'm yet to get a fl@t.

Regarding your shoulder vs. travel lane question... Debris is swept to the right by traffic. I'm very picky. I ride just to the left of the debris/minefield. If I hear anything under my tires I start to move left to get out of it. On many roads, I tend to ignore the white line. If the shoulder is littered with stones and twigs, I'm going to be to the left of that, regardless of where the white line is.

It really depends on the specific roads and your comfort level. In short, I tend to ride to the left but as the traffic and speed limit increases I may move right to ease my mind. It's a balancing act sometimes.
Second the Conti's (nm)OverStuffed
Aug 4, 2003 3:51 PM
Specialized Armadilloskokaku
Aug 4, 2003 6:43 PM
I've been riding these on NYC streets (potholes, broken glass, metal, garbage) for almost a year without any problems. Nothing gets through to the tube.
Whatever is on salechar
Aug 4, 2003 6:53 PM
under 20 bucks, 10-15 is more like it. But you do have to get out of the breakdown lane where all the sharp objects are awaiting. I have found that it really doesn't matter what brand anymore, I tend to abuse the tires commuting anyway with the foray off into dirt, gravel, jump up the curbs, jump off off the curbs, tires seem to last 2 months at most.

I just don't worry about that 4-letter word that ends in "t" and starts with "f." Its been replace by the 8-letter word starting with "p." Bring 2 tubes for the commute plus a patch kit, one for you and one for someone else that may need assistance. Ahh, Damsels in distress along the wayward path. Just get used to changing out tubes and bring a good frame pump, either a Zefal HPX or Blackburn is what I use, about 1 stroke = 1 psi.

Now that you started the great commute experience, you will wonder why you didn't ride in as you see all the cyclists riding by you as you are stuck in gridlock.

Best days to ride seem to be Thursday or Friday, traffic seems to be a lot worse in my neck of the woods.

Options ...Humma Hah
Aug 5, 2003 5:42 AM
Go for the fattest tire your frame and brakes will allow. If the tire has kevlar, great, otherwise you can add a kevlar strip to help prevent punctures. Then, if the weight doesn't bother you, put in a thorn-resistant tube if you can find one that fits ... be sure the tube doesn't have to stretch to fit the tire casing. Finally, squirt in a little Slime for good measure.

I ride the gutters much of the time on the cruiser ... one of its sterling qualities as a commuter is the ability to tolerate the crud and pavement conditions there.
re: Mr Tuffy w/ any tirebeattle2
Aug 5, 2003 9:00 AM
Been using Mr Tuffy's for years on my daily commute with only nails and huge pieces of metal causing me any flat problems. They add a little weight but who cares if it means no flats.