Touring - Switching to 28mm Panaracer Tourguards
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08-24-12, 01:36 PM
I've ridden tours on 28mm and 32mm in the past and have recently been using 35mm Vittoria Randonneurs. Been slowly graduating to larger sizes. After riding this summer, though, my tires have felt slow, dead and heavy. I have an upcoming tour from CT to DC with significant daily distances so went smaller and lighter on the tires. Load is light, probably 230-240 lbs all in (bike + rider + gear), and pavement the whole way. Will see how they hold up.
We're riding 28C Schwalbe Duranos. There have been times I have wished for wider with lower pressure because of the rough paths and tracks that constitute decent chunks of the Rhine Route.
My only advice would be to experiment with the pressures. We ran lower than the recommended for a while, but after a pinchflat each in Japan, we opted to pump up to the mlnimum recommended (85psi). I am certainly running a bit heavier than your weight -- over 300lbs (fatso me at 200, and around 100 for bike and gear with food and water).
We both did a tour of Vancouver Island last year with 23Cs and a light load and around 95psi in Conti UltraSports.
08-24-12, 02:12 PM
Thanks, Rowan. I tend to use high pressure in my tires, these are rated at 105psi and I'll probably run at 100-110. Hope you're having a blast in Europe.
my tires have felt slow, dead and heavy
I've realized that I could easily replace "my tires" with "I" and that would probably be a more realistic explanation for the phenomenon.
08-24-12, 02:32 PM
...try the 35mm tourguards - they are supple, FAST tires all around, and especially compared to the Vits.
they ride great. supple. did i mention fast?
This is a side anecdote, but when I changed over my previous touring bike to Velocity Dyad rims and Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres, my first few rides were really disappointing. Everything felt sluggish and I was not impressed. I then road my road bike a lot.
Some time later I revisited the touring bike, and felt something wasn't quite right with the fit. I hadn't changed anything since the previous time I rode it. I checked the seat height. Yep, way too low. I lifted it back up, and found some speed I didn't know I had with those wheels and tyres.
Things can be tricky like that, sometimes.
08-24-12, 02:36 PM
My favorite "wider than 23" road-bike tire at the moment is the Vitorria Rubino Pro 28mm foldables. Very supple, easy rolling, nice handling. They really make a bike feel comfortable but responsive.
08-24-12, 03:01 PM
I'm having good results with the Vittoria Randonneur Hypers in a 700x32. These tires are very supple and roll very well. I'm convinced they are faster, with a much better ride quality, than the 700x28 Conti Gatorskins that I had been using.
08-24-12, 03:20 PM
Tires are a funny, subjective thing. I think I missed the gum side walls.
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