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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 11-19-12, 01:22 PM   #1
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700 x 32 tire recommendations?

Husband bought a flat bar road bike from Nashbar. It came with 25c tires. The rims should take tires as wide as 32 or 35 and there is plenty of clearance. He would like to put wider tires on the bike, for comfort. Tire recommendations? Flat are rarely an issue in Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa where he mostly rides. He will be riding some down in Texas this winter, mostly on paved bike paths.
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Old 11-19-12, 01:27 PM   #2
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I like the Schwalbe Durano. Fairly light, grippy, last well, altogether a nice tyre. If he wanted greater puncture protection (the Durano isn't bad) then the Durano Plus gives an extra protective layer at the cost of some extra weight and slightly less "feel".
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Old 11-19-12, 07:52 PM   #3
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I like Vittoria's Randonneur Pro and Randonneur Hyper. The Pro offers a bit more puncture protection than the Hyper, but you pay for it in (slightly) increased weight. If you're looking for a less expensive tire, the Panaracer Pasela Tourguard seems to be recommended quite a bit over in the touring forum.
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Old 11-19-12, 09:26 PM   #4
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I've run the bontrager hardcase in 32's with zero problems. The panaracer ribmo is another good choice. I really, really like my schwalbe marathon supremes I'm running on my mtb bike right now 29x2.0. First two are a great value for the money. The marathon supremes are better (IMO), but darn near twice the price.
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I've been rocking some Panaracer Pasela TGs for a long time, and my other choice has been the Panaracer Urban Max (which is just the Pasela tread on a tougher casing.) Both perform admirably, and in a few thousand miles my only flat on either one has been from a carton staple, which will kill any normal tire.
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Thanks. The Panaracer Pasela's seem like a good tire and are less pricey than most. I'll see what I can track down.
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I'm running 32mm Vittoria Randonneur Hypers and can highly recommend them. They are fast, light, comfortable and corner really well. If flats are not a concern and he likes speed, he might consider the Grand Bois line at Compasscycles.com. They are supposed to be very light, supple and comfortable performance driven tires and I believe they are made by Panaracer.
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I love my Conti Top Contacts...but they are a bit pricey. Conti Contacts are good, as are Vittoria Randonneurs .
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Well, I ended up getting him Vittoria Randonneurs. I stopped at a little bike shop and asked whether they had any tires and they said they had this set which they removed from a bike they were selling because the buyer wanted different tires. So, I got a good price. Put them on his bike and he is good to go!
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Conti Contacts are good,....
Rode to work this morning on a pair.
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Rode to work this morning on a pair.
Had a pair of contacts several years ago and got many flatfree miles out of them.
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