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    Gatorskins

    Hey All....just got some Gatorskins installed on my Raleigh Rush. Hoping they will do the trick on my commute. Anybody running these ?
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    Yes, It's a great all-around road & commuting tire. It's not totally flat-proof, so carry a spare tube, pump and tire changing tools.

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    Yeah, I run 700 x 28 on my commuter/brevet bike and I've had very few issues with them. They're sort of a pain to mount them, but for the fact I get so few flats (2 flats in 6000+ miles of use) they're worth it.

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    I run 28s and 25s. They are nice tires.

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    The 28s on one bike have been great, not a single flat at around a 1000 miles (knock on wood)

    25s and 23s on the other hand... a few (2-3) have had side walls tears, few flats here and there, still better than other tires I've run, but not great.

    Funny how I take the 28s on some seriously rough road with lots of sharp rocks and other debris and are fine, but the damn 25s and 23s are so delicate even though I only ride on good roads.

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    Yes, I've got the 28's on my Jake for commuting. They really made a big difference smoothing out the bumps in the road and I've not had a flat since installing them. A pain to install for sure.

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    How many miles does everyone else get out of their Gatorskins?

    I've got 25s on my Jake with about 2500 miles on them. I didn't get a flat for about 1500 miles, and then not another for about 800 more, but the flats seem to be coming closer together these days. Have I just tried to push them too far?

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    Sheldon Brown says:


    Tire Wear-When should you replace your tires?

    Many cyclists waste money replacing perfectly functional tires simply because they're old, or may have discolored sidewalls. If you just want new tires because the old ones look grotty, it's your money, but if you are mainly concerned with safety/function, there are only two reasons for replacing old tires:
    1. When the tread is worn so thin that you start getting a lot of flats from small pieces of glass and the like, or the fabric shows through the rubber.
    2. When the tire's fabric has been damaged, so that the tire has a lumpy, irregular appearance somewhere, or the tube bulges through the tire.
    Cracks in the tread are harmless. Small punctures in the tire such as are typically caused by nails, tacks, thorns or glas slivers are also harmless to the tire, since the tire doesn't need to be air-tight.

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    I just put the Ultra Gatorskins, 700x23s on my commute wheels. So far I like them a lot in regards to how light they feel and how well they corner in the fast mountain down hills I ride every day. I liked them so much I did not bother to switch to my light aero wheels for my weekend ride on Sunday. Far too early to tell how they will hold up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
    How many miles does everyone else get out of their Gatorskins?

    I've got 25s on my Jake with about 2500 miles on them. I didn't get a flat for about 1500 miles, and then not another for about 800 more, but the flats seem to be coming closer together these days. Have I just tried to push them too far?
    The rear will not last as long as the front and I would replace it at 2000 to 2500 miles.

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    I live in puncture weed, goathead country. It's everywhere.

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    I had tire liners before I upgraded to Gatorskin/Armadillo and I still use them. I know makes for a heavy tire setup but I hate fixing flats and haven't had one in 3 years.
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    some good prices

    Ordered 28s on sale, $29.88, at modernbike.com after reading good things about them -mainly here. Also bought Forte' thorn resistant tubes (3 for $12) at performance bike. Can't wait for the new tires, appreciate all the advice I've gotten here.

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    I used 700x23 for a few thousand miles. They work well.

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    they're great but ride like garden hoses.

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    I ride with 25's. They were nice tires when I wanted to leave the NW quadrant. The only time I ever got flats with them was when I let them deflate too much. I'm really bad about keeping the proper pressure in them. I would get a lot of snake bites because of potholes and uneven curbs.

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    i have put the ultra gatorskins on mine but havent really been able to go out and try them out but the limited riding ive done i like them. mine are 700 x 25
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geordi Laforge View Post
    they're great but ride like garden hoses.
    How do garden hoses ride anway?

    I had some Pasela with Tour Guards before, and some Forte slicks and the Gatorskins ride much nicer IMO.

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    Love them. Wore my last set down to the threads before I got my first flat....mostly because they were worn down to the threads after about 3000m. Duh. The next day bought another set. I've never had tires wear so well and ride so well. I highly recommend them.

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    Have the 25 version on my commuter. Ride is fine and have never had a flat with them. I've got a little over 3000 miles on them. Still look pretty good. Not extremely pricey for a good flat resistant tire, but not cheap either. I wouldn't ride anything else on my commuter. Might put some on my road bike when the current tires wear out.
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    I have been riding 28mm gatorskins for about a month now. Previously I was using Conti 4-seasons, which were great tires, never once had a flat in 2000 miles. But riding high pressure 23mm tires through downtown Atlanta was painful, so I thought I would make a switch. I really like the gatorskins so far, and 28mm is a lot more comfortable.

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    They ride awesome as far as I'm concerned. Have 28's on my commuter in warm weather mode, and 25's on my fast road bike. Haven't had a flat yet with either pair, I've got probably about 1K on the 25's and am just breaking in the 28's.

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