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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 03-18-07, 11:06 PM   #1
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tire question

just curious what kind of tires everybody uses. i had a pair of specialized pro's with 1000 miles on a pair of rims that the lbs replaced under warranty with a new set of rims and pro's. within 500 miles i had to change out the rear tire as it had worn down. i'm 6'4" 265 and i pump the tires up to max pressure on every ride.
so what kind of tires does everyone use and do you like them?

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oh yeah. i remember the challenge that was posted here last year about riding a century. well. in nobember i rode my first metric. i will be riding my first century on april 1st then a two day double centry on april 21st. i cant wait.
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Old 03-19-07, 12:01 AM   #2
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Im using the michellin pro2 race tires at present and have put about 700 highway miles so far on them and havent had a flat yet. They are available from one of our sponsors . http://bikeisland.com These are the first premium tires I have ever bought so I have no way of comparing them to other brands. They are ok with me so far though.
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vredestein ricorso handle good high pressure and sturdy
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Old 03-19-07, 09:59 AM   #4
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Specialized "Resolution" 26x2.1's on the MTB with 700+ on 'em, the rear is getting a tad worn, but I imagine has at least another 700 in it. After that I'll probably get something a little nicer, but they've been good to me.

On the roadie, 700x32c Bontrager "Race Lite Hardcase". I have < 100 on them so far so I really can't say, but so far they seem good. We'll see how they hold up over time.
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Old 03-19-07, 10:27 AM   #5
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Old 03-19-07, 11:24 AM   #6
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Partly they were the one that I could get in each size, plus I dig the flat-resistance, and the slick tread.
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Old 03-19-07, 01:24 PM   #7
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Nothing smaller than 32mm, and most of my riding these days is on 700x35s. I've been using Panaracer Paselas for three or four years, but I just got a set of Rivendell Ruffy Tuffys that seem pretty good on short acquaintance. They're labeled 27mm, but actually are just about as wide as most 32s.
I weigh 230 and run the 35s at 75-80-psi, the 32s at 95-100. There's no consistent difference in speed.
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thats funny I am 220# and I roll on 23c tires
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I have a mix of tires on my CrossCheck, the front one a Michelin Sprint at 30mm (but measures around 35)
and on the rear is a 35mm Kenda Nimbus that I found on the curb for free. I'll probably get some Marathons or Pasela TGs eventually for it.
On my Centurion Comp TA I have some Pasela TourGuards. They claim 28mm, in reality something like 24 or 25. I consider them to be my poor man's Gatorskins.




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".i had a pair of specialized pro's with 1000 miles on a pair of rims that the lbs replaced under warranty with a new set of rims and pro's. within 500 miles i had to change out the rear tire as it had worn down...."

So the first set last 1000 miles+???, but the second only 500? Doesn't make sense!
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