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Old 02-27-09, 01:54 PM   #1
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Miles you Commute, Road conditions, Tire Size. Go!

4 miles, Mostly smooth road but lot's of messed up pavement and pot holes the last 3 blocks, 700cx25's

I'm curious because I think I messed up my back tire today.
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Old 02-27-09, 01:58 PM   #2
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6 miles (each way), 80% horrible pavement, 20% worse than that.

I ride 700x25 until I buy a 2nd bike for training and group rides; then it's back to 35s. The difference on bad roads is night and day.

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Old 02-27-09, 02:01 PM   #3
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11 miles, 4 of which is gravel, which can vary between "not too bad" and "horrendous" depending on season. Right now, and up until the last of the frost has melted out of the ground and the road re-graded, it's tending towards horrendous. The rest is acceptable, fairly smooth pavement except for a spot where they're rebuilding a bridge, and if I have to detour for one reason or another, it generally means another couple miles of gravel.

700c x 32 summer, 35 studded winter. My commute destroyed the stock rear tire on my bike within a couple of months (20 broken spokes over that time) and I then bought a tough rim and DT butted spokes, built my first wheel, and didn't have any trouble after that. The potholes finally broke my rear axle a few months back (freewheel = weak axle) and I bought a new rear wheel with a freehub. That's holding up perfectly.

The front wheel ran stock for about 13000 miles IIRC, then in fall of 2007 I built a new front wheel around a disc brake hub - front discs are very nice in the winter with the crap on the roads.
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Old 02-27-09, 02:05 PM   #4
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20 mile round trip on a short day, as long as I want on a long day. Two lane, zero bike lane, not even a shoulder, tree lined steep mountain twisty roads. The roads are chip seal with lots of pot holes. I run 700x23c tires on my commute wheels.

Here is a typical example
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Old 02-27-09, 02:06 PM   #5
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@con - nice ride
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25 - 30 mi r/t depending on the route.

All paved, mostly clean, not too rough of asphalt. Sections of sand/cinder all winter, a few cracks in the road surface, but no wheel chompers.

700 x 28 on my geared commuter
700 x 25 on my ss/fg commuter
26 x 2.2 on my superfat utili-cruise-muter
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27 miles, each way, on paved bike trails, using 3 different MUP's and two recently built connectors. Running on 700x28's.
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40 miles roundtrip on pretty decent roads, except the last half mile or so before work where it gets a little rough. I've got 700x23 on all my bikes.
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Old 02-27-09, 02:19 PM   #9
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That sounds like my bike route. Have you been following me


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37 miles round trip. Combination paved road and MUP. Few areas of broken pavement and a couple of pot holes. Plus a couple areas of the MUP where roots have caused the pavement to heave. I know where the worst of it is and am usually able to ride around it.

700x23c ultra gatorskins
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22 mi. R/T. Great MUP available all the way although I usally ride with traffic for a few miles of it for fun. 700x25 Gatorskins on one; 700x28 race lite hardcases on the other.
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17 miles RT
Urban arterial
700 X 28's
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10 miles each way. The first 2 miles are dirt road with the rest of it being pavement. The pavement is good in a few spots, but for the most part bad. Often the dirt road is smoother than some sections of pavement. I ran 700c X 32 last year, but will use different bikes depending on my moods and they have 700x 32 to 35 tires either road tread or a cyclocross tire.
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8-9 miles, mostly smooth with 1-2 bumpy areas, 700x28
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Wow, everyone uses small tires around here. 700x37
for me.
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18 miles each way. all paved, combination of MUP and city streets. 700c x 38's on my 29'er, either 26x2.0's or 26x1.25's on my MTB as the mood strikes. 23's on my Lemond.

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9 miles, 700x38s, as for the roads, I hit a pothole last week and one of my panniers fell off.
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Wow, everyone uses small tires around here. 700x37
for me.

Ya, my 23's really look and act more like 25's, they are the Specialized all pros.

I stay smaller and lighter because, how sad is this, for me there is no substitute for speed. I love the thrill. My commute is a steep climb to work and a 40+ MPH down hill home and I love the lighter tires for that. I put up with the flat tires, for the fun of the ride.
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27 miles, each way, on paved bike trails, using 3 different MUP's and two recently built connectors. Running on 700x28's.
studly commute. spend much time NOT on the bike?!
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Old 02-27-09, 02:57 PM   #20
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I ride 22-24 miles depending on route, or 44-48RT. Once in shape, I average 24-26mph ...but I'm on an Optibike.

I get about 2 hours of work out, and can do it day after day...
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18 mile round trip. Paved city streets in pretty good shape for the most part. 26 x 1.4 slicks.
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BTW, I use 2" Schwalbe Marathon Supremes and have Fox racing shocks in front and on tail.
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28 r/t, on mixed craptastic streets with 700x23 gators... Some of you all are pretty damn hard core
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I have 27" 1.25 inch specialized armadillo tires. I'm only an occasional commuter (2-3 times a week) 16.2 going, 17 coming home (avoid traffic) on variable country roads. I had deflated the tires a bit over the winter and didn't ride when snowy. Now have them up again.

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6 miles each way with 50% good pavement 50% bad w/ sand, glass, etc.

700x23 front / 700x25 rear on my road bike (don't ask me, it came that way) - first "real" flat in 1000 miles yesterday
26 x 1.75 on my "other" bike - 200 miles and no flats. I'd hate to see what it would take to flat these tires...
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