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Best sized tire for commuting?(10 posts)

Best sized tire for commuting?Ganze
Oct 3, 2003 6:08 AM
I am new here, I have been on MTB Review forever but have only lurked here. I am now commuting on a 700c bike. What is the best size tire for commuting? 28c, 30c, 32c, 35c+?

Thanks for the input

Depends on your conditions, comfort requirements. nmSpunout
Oct 3, 2003 6:22 AM
I use 25's.KG 361
Oct 3, 2003 6:25 AM
My commute is only 5.5 miles one way and the roads, for the most part, are decent. I'd recommend something pretty indestructable, such as Conti Gatorskins or Specialized Armadillo's.
Depends on a few things...biknben
Oct 3, 2003 6:33 AM
I run 32's on my commuter. For me, the wider tire offers more comfort and durability. I like not having to pump up the tires every day. I can pump them up once a week and forget about them. I'm certainly not as fast but more speed just gets me to work sooner. Why would I want that?

Have you checked how big you can go? You may not have that many choices if the frame doesn't provide clearance.
I use 26's, but...jma24
Oct 3, 2003 6:57 AM
I popped one just yesterday. Never found the culprit.

My route goes from road to limestone trail to road. At no time would I say the road is pristine, and the various transitions make me nervous. I'm going to try it with the psi at 110 or 100, and see how big of a performance impact that incurs.

My wife's bike is the some as mine, but with 32's on it. I'll give that a try if my bike at 100 psi is intolerable.
re: Best sized tire for commuting?Barton
Oct 3, 2003 7:26 AM
I use Ritchie "Tom Slicks" 700 X 30.
Panaracer Paselas in 32 or 35 for me...Cory
Oct 3, 2003 8:08 AM
I love those--best all-around tires I've ever used. I generally run the 32s at 95-105 psi in summer, then switch to the 35s at 75psi in winter or when I have time to go the long way to work, over some gravel roads.
BTW, there's no difference in time on my 11-mile commute between the 32s and skinnier tires. The 35s might be a minute or two slower, but the extra comfort and stability are well worth it. I'm riding for exercise anyway, so a little more work isn't a bad thing.
The same time or not?Zman
Oct 3, 2003 9:57 AM
Either they are the same time or not? You say they are the same time yet the 35's might be slower but they are more comfortable. What gives?

Just giving you some doogy doo. I also use those tires (32's) and they are awesome.

Panaracer Paselas 28s for me...lyleseven
Oct 3, 2003 1:30 PM
I use the Panaracer Pasela 28s. The Panaracer Pasela series tires run small, so a 32 is more like a 28, etc. Also have had good luck with the Continental Gatorskins, 25s. Zero flats on any of them.
35's for meB2
Oct 3, 2003 10:35 AM
There are a few really nasty chuck-holes along the way. I've got a good light, but in the dark you still hit one every so often. I got tired of two wheel blow outs and switched to 35's. No problems since then