Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Upland Ca
Bikes: Lemond Chambery/Cannondale R-900/Trek 8000 MTB/Burley Duet tandem
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I've had problems with the Gatorskin but I'm prolly not as lite as you and I used them on my tandem. But $37 per tire and getting 1000 miles before the thread shows tru? Not for me. The front tire I pulled off the tandem was placed on my single bike wih the same results. But like others say, thye've had great luck, just not my case with mentioned conditions and SEVERAL flats!
I did read a rec in the tandem forum on tires. $22 Serfas Seca tires at REI. I thought it was a joke but I picked up a tire 700 X 28 for the rear of the tandem. I had nothing to lose after thrashing several others. GREAT tire! Wire bead but if I can't keep up, it aint the wire. I've seee the $27 folding version at the shop but onl in 23's and they do run a little narrow compared to the GP400. About one hundred thousandths narrow as is the $30 Conti Ultra Race. Reason I went with the 25.
I put one on the front of my single, wearing great. Just picked up another (25) for the rear of my roadie. Might install it later tonight.
I just wore out the rear tire on my roadie, 700X25 Specialized Armadillo. OVer 5000 miles with not one flat. I hate to see it go, great trainging tire but pretty heavy. But hey, several climbing rides, street and trail rides without one flat!