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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 12-27-07, 04:25 PM   #1
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What are you folks riding on? I just purchased a set of Michelin PRO 2's and I'm reading they are not a good choice for heavy riders like me --- 6'3' and 215 lbs. What say you all? Lp
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Old 12-27-07, 04:29 PM   #2
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Currently rolling Schwalbe Marathon+ 26 x 1.75"

Undecided for the new bike: X-Check set up for commute and distance riding. Considering either 28 or 32mm Marathon+ or Ultra Gatorskins.
Either one is very tough. Marathon+ is tougher, but very heavy. 28mm vs. 32mm is going to determine which fenders I get, too. 28's and I can run 35mm fenders. 32's and I have to move up to 45mm fenders.
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What are you folks riding on? I just purchased a set of Michelin PRO 2's and I'm reading they are not a good choice for heavy riders like me --- 6'3' and 215 lbs. What say you all? Lp

I say ride 'em like you stole 'em!

Those Michelin Pro 2's will do you just fine if you want a good high performance tire that is sticky, even at your weight. The only caveat is they wont last quite as long, as compared to say, a 170 lb rider.

Right now I'm running Michelin 'Krylium Carbon' tires I just bought. Hope they last as long as the Vittoria 'Rubino Pro' tires I had before. (those were some damn good tires)
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I've got 2500 miles on Conti 4000, 700 x 25. I'm now 231 pounds, started at 250 pounds. No problems. I suspect a wider tyre is in order for heavier rider, ergo I'm using 25mm.
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I ride Specialized Armadillos in 25c. Second set no flats. They do tend to wear in the center even at 125-130psi. Oh well price to pay for being a Clyde.
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Old 12-27-07, 05:42 PM   #7
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28mm Vittoria Randonneurs. I've had 2 flats in 2 years, and they'll last at least another year I think. Toured on 32mm Panaracer Paselas and had tons of flats, will try Schwalbe Marathons on next summers tour.
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Kudos for the starter of this thread as I was just ready to post.

Granted I'm an above avg. weight guy, so I expect tire wear. However all I can say is I'm disappointed in my last set. I am riding on Specialized Pro's and they're about to go in the can.

I rode Armadillos for a long time and yes, NO flats. BUT, I would wear them down in the middle in no time at all.

I tried a set of Bontragers (I don't remember the model) and had mediocre performance out of them. I switched to the current Specialized Pro's and are unimpressed. I can't believe that Armadillos are my only option. Is there a second choice for those heavier, heavier, high mileage riders?

My apologies if I'm hijacking this thread. I thought it would be relevant.
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I'm using conti 4000's 700x23 and they have been real solid.. They have a new model 4000-s series that is supposed to be a little longer lasting..

I would stay clear of Hutchinson Tour de France tires.. You see them on sale all the time.. I had 5 flats in 2 rides with those tires.. I ended up giving them to a friend who is a lightweight..

I have also had good success with Conti Gatorskins and the Specialized Armadillo tires..
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My touring bike: 630-32 Continental Ultrasports (630-32 = 27"X1 1/4)
My road racer (Allez), 700X26, Soma Everwear
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I am running several wheelsets and tire combos
1. Continental Attack/Force 22/23 mm
2. Specialized Mondo Pro Both 23 mm
3. Vittorio Rubino Both 25mm

I weigh 208 and have only had problems with some of the Mondo Pros. I understand they had a bad batch. Mine were replaced under warranty and the replacements are working just fine.
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I ride Michelin Krylion 700*23 on my road bike and Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase 700*28 on my hybrid.
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I'm using conti 4000's 700x23 and they have been real solid.. They have a new model 4000-s series that is supposed to be a little longer lasting..

I would stay clear of Hutchinson Tour de France tires.. You see them on sale all the time.. I had 5 flats in 2 rides with those tires.. I ended up giving them to a friend who is a lightweight..

I have also had good success with Conti Gatorskins and the Specialized Armadillo tires..
Every Hutchinson tire I've ever tried as had chronic flats, and that includes mtn and road bike.

I don't think the OP needs to worry much about being 215 and riding just about any tire.
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Michelin Krylion Carbons (700 x 25) have so far been a great tire.
Previously I rode Specialized Pro - all weather, which seemed to flat almost every time out.
I've read the Michelin Pro 2's are great tires - they have a little stickier rubber compound so they will stick to the road but may not last as long.
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Rubino Pros

I rode Rubino Pros on the Paramount for several years. Switched to Vredestein Fortezza SE's last season and haven't looked back.
Good as the rubino pros were the fortezzas offer a superior ride and feel lighter .Haven't had a flat yet with em.
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Currently rolling Schwalbe Marathon+ 26 x 1.75"

Undecided for the new bike: X-Check set up for commute and distance riding. Considering either 28 or 32mm Marathon+ or Ultra Gatorskins.
I went with the 28mm Conti Ultra Gatorskins. I've got almost 100 miles on them since Friday, and they feel great.
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28 ultra gatorskins. 1,630 miles so far -- just starting to see wear on the rear wheel. And no flats, though i did pick a staple out of the front tire.

They are a little heavy, but give a nice ride and no flats. This includes commuting on tough roads with loads of 250+
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I like Gatorskins, but I'm trying the 4-seasons now and I just ordered some conti 4000's. I liked the Gatorskins, but I think I like the 4 seasons just a little better. All the reading I've done and I keep coming up with the 4000s, I thought I'd give them a try. I used 28s in the Gatorskins and 25s on the others.
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700x32 Bontrager RaceLite Hardcases. Great tires, but a tad on the heavy side! However, they do hold 120 psi and seem to be very resistant to puncture. Perfect for summer commuting, not so great for inclement weather or extreme speed.
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I've been riding the Specialized Armadillo. They make a number of different models. I think that the ones I have right now are the Crossroads. I just received a set of Armadillo Nimbus, though, and will be putting them on this weekend. I'm thinking they'll make my ride a bit faster, since I'm on pavement all the way.

By the way, Specialized customer support is outstanding! I had some wear on the sidewalls of my Crossroads and I wrote them to ask for some suggestions about what the cause might be. Not only did they provide some valuable suggestions (turns out that my rear wheel wasn't true), but they're replacing the tire and sending some extra tubes at no cost! That's some mighty fine CS, there, Lou!
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This thread is a great resource, one I'll want to come back to when the issue comes up for me. Might be good to add to the Clyde FAQ?
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Guess I'm a clyde. 6'4", 195#. Rode the same Krylium Carbons (622X20mm) 2 summers in a row (about 1500 miles) with one flat . Pinch flat when I hit a pot hole braking really hard.

Started riding Michelin's Pro 2 Grip for this winter. Amazing traction, even on ice. Can't speak for how they wear yet.

Probably going to buy Pro Race's for this summer, as the step up from the Kryliums was amazing.
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What are you folks riding on? I just purchased a set of Michelin PRO 2's and I'm reading they are not a good choice for heavy riders like me --- 6'3' and 215 lbs. What say you all? Lp
You won't have issues - I ride the hell out of that tire, and I weight 230. They might last only 2-3000 miles, but I've found the feel and performance to be worth it. Besides, it's not like they cost an arm and a leg - I get 'em for about $30/ea delivered from PBK. The Pro 2's are one hell of a good tire.

That being said, I also have the GP4000's on one of my bikes and I love them, too. Between these two, I don't bother with anything else.
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I weigh more than you (the OP) and I've settled in on a Pro2 in 700 x 25 in the front and a rivendell 28 in the rear. The Pro2 isquashed down too much in the rear at full recommended pressure.
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