Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area - Best Tubular tires for the street?
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06-22-07, 05:34 PM
I have done quite a bit of research about tubular tires, but cannot seem to get an opinion about anyone riding a track bike with sew-ups around town. Any thoughts? I have always use Vedestren clinchers, but I built up these mavic gp4s and I don't know what tires to put on them.:)
06-22-07, 06:27 PM
06-23-07, 02:43 AM
continental gatorskins or sprinters
06-23-07, 06:45 PM
Hmmm street?... I would try any 250 to 300 grams tubulars... I remember a set of Alvarez 280 grams, Last me like 3 years (no kidding) no flats. The i started using them as a spare in the road. U need a tubular that can take all the stuff in the street, a continental sprinter will give up too soon.
My advice is to look for 250 + grams road tubulars in a matter of fact i would highly recomend to look for 280 / 300 grams tubulars to play safe. Oh and dont forget to take the air out of those tubulars every night if you are going to use the bike everyday. Why? they will last longer. Tubulars arent like clinchers.
Why even ask in this forum? Check out the vintage bikes forum on this site. They have a big sticky on tubulars plus much more coverage.
06-23-07, 10:47 PM
I'm biased against Sprinters because I remember when they were $25 training tires.
Servizio Corse road tubulars, $50 for three, decent training tires and you don't cry when they puncture. http://www.yellowjersey.org/tt.html
Never had a problem 15 plus years messengering on them in NYC and never took the air out once.
I've used alot and they all have pros/cons to them. Good training tires like the 250/300 are good and buy bulk save money. Contis are very good, Vittoria are good also.
Check the tires before you mount them, inflate them for leaks, make sure you dry mount if you are not use to mounting tubbies. Check everything before riding.
Enjoy the ride.
06-25-07, 01:01 PM
I use the cheapo Vittoria Rally's
I haven't used the new tread pattern Sprinter on the streets but
they are about the longest wearing tubular on the boards at the local velodrome.
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