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    Average life of tires & tubes for Uber Clydes

    Well I knew it was going to happen, I just didn't think it would be this soon. I have a split in my side wall of my rear tire after 400 miles. It wouldn't of even noticed it if I didn't happen to have to change a flat. The split is hidden behind the rim's wall and I noticed it yesterday when I caught my first flat. The tires are Kenda Multi-Surface. I'm almost sure they are low end tires because my Giant Sedona is a low end bicycle.

    So what do you guys prefer for multi surface tires? I primarily keep my bicycle on black top bicycle trails but it does go off on hard packed dirt from time to time. I'm going to drop my bike off tomorrow to get the wheels trued and some other issues adjusted. Before I order new tires and tubes I wanted your guys suggestions on what you like.

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    I'm not sure how long they're supposed to last but the stock tires on my mountain bike have about 90 miles on them and have noticeable wear. Granted, they are nobbies and mostly road on pavement by a clyde so I imagine it's not optimal for wear.

    I'm puting on some Geax Stree Runners on (1.25") with very minimal tread for bike paths. I think I'll probably get less wear with those because they have harder rubber.

    What type of bike do you have?

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    So many variables it's hard to say.

    For what it's worth I replaced the Schwalbe Marathon Plus on the back of my MTB after about 1500 miles because it had lost grip to the point I went from little traction in mud to no traction at all. At the time my weight was falling from about 290 to about 240.

    Now I'm more like 230 and have put over 3000 miles on the Marathon Plus tyres on my cross bike (the overwhelming majority of them on road, some of them on combinations of grass, gravel etc) - the front one looks almost as good as new and the back one looks like it's got lots of life left in it. Of course I don't expect these tyres to give me much grip in the mud so will replace them either when they are worn out (which looks like it will take at least another 8-10000 miles) or when I decide I'd rather have a thinner or lighter tyre.
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    Personally, when I was on my Giant Suede DX, riding 90% of the time on limestone/gravel/dirt, I was using plain 'Marathon' tires 26 X 2.00 size. On my trike, I've gone to Big Apples 20 X 2.00 and love them even more. The larger air volume, combined with the quality of the tires has made for a bit over 2K miles with zero issues. Just something to think on?

    PS - you didn't state your weight? I started around 370lbs, and currently am hovering around 302lbs...
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    Well guys I ended up with a Kenda Kross Plus. It's a funky looking tire but I believe it will serve my needs. The cost was shocking low, a new tire, tube and valve adapter for 23 dollars. If this thing holds up for any decent amount of time I will defiantly buy a pair.

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    I'm having exceptionally good luck with Schwalbe Marathon Dureme's, folding bead 700x40 (42-622). I just hit 2,500 miles on my bike today, and here's a rundown of the tire activity:


    Tire 1: Rear, went 1,800 miles before getting a single flat. Tread starting to wear thin around mile 2,300, so I decided I was going to swap it out at the end of the season, guessing approx 3,000 miles. Unfortunately I picked up a screw at ~2,400 which put a nice big hole in the tire. I decided not to bother booting it since the tire was on its way out anyway, and tossed it.
    Tire 2: Front. No flats yet, 2,500 miles. Moved to back at 2,400 miles, still has significant tread left. I figure this will easily hit 4,000.
    Tire 3: Front, replacement for tire 1 at 2,400 miles. Put it on the front because it's the newest and in the best shape.
    Tire 4: Sitting on my workbench, waiting for another few thousand miles before I need it.


    I like to keep 2 spare tires on hand, but I'm down 1 at the moment. I'm considering ordering up a 700x35 version of this same tire to get some smaller tires and eventually work those in when my current stock is depleted.

    As for tubes, I still have 5 of the original 6 tubes I bought for the bike. Only one has been destroyed (as a result of the screw), 2 are in use, 1 has a patch and is on my workbench waiting to be used again one day, and 2 are unused so far, in my saddle pack.

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    Personally, when I was on my Giant Suede DX, riding 90% of the time on limestone/gravel/dirt, I was using plain 'Marathon' tires 26 X 2.00 size. On my trike, I've gone to Big Apples 20 X 2.00 and love them even more. The larger air volume, combined with the quality of the tires has made for a bit over 2K miles with zero issues. Just something to think on?
    Peter how did you like your Suede DX? I'm thinking about one
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    2K+ miles on: Specialized Armadillo (32-630) (rear); Bell Kevlar (32-630) front [Schwinn World Tourist]; Terry - made by Panaracer (28-571) front and rear [SR Sierra Sport]; Kenda Kwest K193 (35-622) front and rear [T50]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fangowolf View Post
    Peter how did you like your Suede DX? I'm thinking about one
    Well, it was my first bike in 30+ years. I weighted 378lbs when I bought it, got around 800 miles before losing rear spokes, LBS upgraded the wheels to 36 spoke wheels free of charge to solve that issue. The front suspended fork I liked, it handled my weight just fine. Due to a new knee, and another bad knee, I liked the crank-forward design. I have since moved to a recumbent trike and sold the Suede DX - I simply could not be comfortable on rides over 25-30 miles, but weight, age, and joint issues all played a role in that. I think the Suede DX is a fine bike, and my wife (who also has one) still enjoys hers.

    The Suede DX makes a perfect MUP bike in my opinion, gearing is low enough for slow riding, but fast enough when you want it (22/32/44).
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    I also suggest the Specialized Nimbus. It is a very nice riding and durable tire. I used the when I returned to cycling weighing about 340#. These were the 26x1.5 size on a fixed suspension mountain bike and held up very well for me. They are suitable for blacktop and manicured paths, but not so much for loose surface of any kind. The deep tread cut makes them great for wet riding as well.
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    Thanks for all the advice guys. I am starting to feel like i'm getting more rolling resistance from the Kenda Kross Plus than I did on my stock Kenda multi surface tires. Not to mention I hit a very small mud patch on the paved trail today and thought I was going to wipe out. I'm going to give it some more time and see what happens. We've had alot of rain down here lately so i've been kinda weary to really put this new tire through it's paces.

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    Just as a relevant point of reference. My wife an I total out at about 350 lbs on our tandem plus another 25 additional pounds of tandem weight versus a single. We run 28c GP 4 Seasons (Conti) at 110 psi rear/105 psi front. I expect we get about 1500 miles out of the rear tire. A single ride weighing that much might want to run higher pressure in the rear since I think proportionately more weight will be on the rear tire. Our wheels are 40h and we've not broken a single spoke in 9000 miles although a large single rider would probably put more stress on the rear wheel.
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