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    Tires and maybe a wheel set

    I ride a Motobecane CXX, that I got this spring. It my first "good" bike, and I'm really liking it.

    My focus goal is a 5 day/250 mile tour in ver early August. I am almost positive that I want to put different tires on. I'm also thinking about a wheel upgrade, if I can afford it.

    Here is what I have now:

    Rims Alex DA16 Doublewall Aluminum on Deore hubs
    Tires Ritchey Cross Comp Speed Max 700X32C wire bead

    I am at 304 lbs right now, and run a full 75psi in the tires. I ride about 75% unpaved roads around home, but the tour is all asphalt.

    Thoughts, ideas, suggestions, discussions?

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    I'm running Panaracer Pasela Tourguards http://www.ebikestop.com/panaracer_p...eel-TR2247.php on my Cross Check in 35mm size. I think maybe 75 psi is on the low side for the rear tire for you. If you're mechanical I'd suggest a http://www.ebikestop.com/park_tool_t...ter-TL7426.php. With even spoke tension those wheels will last a long time.

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    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
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    Those tires and wheels are fine for your intended use. I'd ride 'em; if you want other wheels/tires, I'd go to an LBS that you trust and have them build you a set of bullet proof wheels designed for the kind of riding you do. Velocity makes good rims; some of the Mavic rims would work for you as well.

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    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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    Interestingly, the rear hub is listed as a Deore with 130mm spacing.
    Deore is a mountain hub, typically spaced @ 135MM. "Road" hubs are spaced @ 130mm.
    IF you buy a wheel set, verify the rear spacing ON YOUR BIKE to make sure it is correct.

    The dilemma you have is that skinnier tires don't work well in loose dirt/gravel etc.

    IF you were riding exclusively on paved roads, I'd recommend a 28mm tire that will handle 100+ PSI.

    I don't see much cost/benefit in upgrading your rims for your riding conditions. You'd have to spend too much money to save a couple oz.

    I WOULD spend a few $ at the LBS and have your spokes properly tensioned. That can greatly extend wheel life & prevent/delay spoke problems. Especially if they are <36 spoke rims.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckHubbert View Post
    I ride a Motobecane CXX, that I got this spring. It my first "good" bike, and I'm really liking it.

    My focus goal is a 5 day/250 mile tour in ver early August. I am almost positive that I want to put different tires on. I'm also thinking about a wheel upgrade, if I can afford it.

    Here is what I have now:

    Rims Alex DA16 Doublewall Aluminum on Deore hubs
    Tires Ritchey Cross Comp Speed Max 700X32C wire bead

    I am at 304 lbs right now, and run a full 75psi in the tires. I ride about 75% unpaved roads around home, but the tour is all asphalt.

    Thoughts, ideas, suggestions, discussions?
    Buy another set of wheels and make them road-specific with a good set of tires (think Michelin Pro 25's or something similar that is tour-or-race friendly). That way you can have your cake and eat it too. That's the beauty of CX bikes...
    "I had this baby hand made in Tuscany, from titanium blessed by the pope. It weighs less than a fart, and costs more than a divorce..."

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    Great fodder for my recreational frettin'. Thanks, so far.

    I've got a couple hundred miles on the bike now. I did have the bike set up by a shop, including checking the spokes and wheels, but I am interested in the tool to check tension myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jethro56 View Post
    I think maybe 75 psi is on the low side for the rear tire for you.
    The side walls on the Ritchey's are marked 75psi max. Can I exceed that, and if so, what would I be looking at for max then?

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    here's a well known chart.
    http://www.bikequarterly.com/images/TireDrop.pdf
    Using a 40% front 60% rear split.
    If you extrapolate this chart with 32 mm tires then somewhere around 95-100 psi for the rear. If you got a 37mm tire you'd be down in the 75 psi range. The 32's would handle the front at 75 psi so you could use the rear as a spare front tire.

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    I used to ride Vittoria Randonneur Cross tires. They come in a 35c which my guess is the size you'd want. Low rolling resistance (even lower than the Vittoria Randonneur Pro which I tried as well) on road and slight tread for off. Even did my first century on them. Never had a flat in several thousand miles of riding.

    Ideally with you may want to think about a bit wider tire if you can fit one on the bike.


    If you can wait a few weeks the new Schwalbe Little Big Ben might work well. There are few reviews as it's new and back ordered right now. Rivendell has a review here. Picture here.
    Last edited by stevel610; 05-11-13 at 07:12 PM.
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