I guess this is another one we can add to the FAQ . After about 1500 miles so far on the LHT, the stock Continental Contacts have been great but the rear is starting to wear down pretty good. If I had to guess, I'd imagine it probably has another 1,000 - 1,500 left in it, the latter if I really push it. Which I will .
Anyway, just wondering what other bigger folks are using and getting lots of miles out of. Truth be told, I really am digging the bigger footprint (700x37), and ride quality it gives the steel framed LHT, of the Contacts, and am almost tempted to just buy another one - as I bet the front tire has probably 3,000 more left in it. Really tempted. They're really good tires.
And no, I'm not going the cheap route. Done it before, haven't had much luck with it - I'll pay a (big) premium to avoid flats - in fact I'm half tempted to go with some Nimbus Armadillos. Call me lazy, call me what you will - I just don't like the f-word . I've been eyeing the 700x28 Gatorskins, but I wonder if that's too narrow and will compromise the ride quality I've come to love. Ideally I'd like to stick to 700x32-700x42's. Only downside of the Nimbus 'dillos I've found is some unpredictability in the rain, which I'd rather avoid.
Suggestions? I'm slowing down for the "dog days" of summer, so 100-150 miles/week until it cools down again in September. Again, I want something with great f-word protection, and am definitely very willing to pay for it. I've been eyeing Gatorskins, Schwalbe Marathons (Plus and Supreme), Soma Everwear (they are a little on the too-narrow side), and Bontragers (ride like crud, but they looked brand new when I sold my FX).