Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-28-09, 06:59 AM   #1
noviques
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
only armadillos? l@@king for 26" fast and puncture-resistant city tire for a mtb

Hey,
I ride my specialized rockhopper exclusively in the city (...I know but it is too late now) The bike is already quiet heavy (fenders, back rack, u-lock) so I am afride that the armies will turn it into a tank. I am already the slowest kid on the block. I don't mind it as much. I dont get too many flats but I need protection just in case and also I want the ride as easy as possible. What do you recommend? Is there other options?

Last edited by noviques; 05-07-09 at 10:27 AM.
noviques is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-09, 07:09 AM   #2
Cornflakes
Senior Member
 
Cornflakes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Virginia
Bikes:
Posts: 92
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I just installed these http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5425 on a old mtb yesterday for my daughter. Just took a quick test ride but the bike peddles and roll much better. Price isn't bad either.
Cornflakes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-09, 07:20 AM   #3
jdmitch
Non-Spandex Commuter
 
jdmitch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Olathe, KS
Bikes: Trek Soho S
Posts: 1,025
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Schwalbe Marathon Supremes come in a 26x1.6
jdmitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-09, 11:44 AM   #4
Nightdiver
7ft of Cet-Bak
 
Nightdiver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Out and about
Bikes:
Posts: 294
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jdmitch View Post
+1 Great tires. There's also the Marathon Plus in 26x1.35. Pretty heavy, but VERY flat resistant.
Nightdiver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-09, 12:08 PM   #5
Andy_K 
Senior Member
 
Andy_K's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Beaverton, OR
Bikes: 2013 Kona Jake, 2015 Kona Jake the Snake, 2008 Kona Major Jake, 2013 Kona Jake the Snake, 2006 Kona Kula, 2012 Ridley Excalibur, 2001 LeMond Buenos Aires, 1984 Pinarello Gran Turismo, 1982 Trek 614, 1978 Austro-Daimler, 1987 Pinarello Montello
Posts: 9,172
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 304 Post(s)
It's not 1.5", but it is 26", fast and puncture resistant -- Continental Ultra Gatorskins.

http://www.rei.com/product/768508

They list is as 26x1 1/8, but don't let the fractional size scare you. It's a normal MTB diameter. On the other hand, it's 28 mm wide, so depending on your wheels, it might be too narrow.
Andy_K is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-09, 12:11 PM   #6
CCrew
Older than dirt
 
CCrew's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Winchester, VA
Bikes: Too darn many.. latest count is 11
Posts: 5,343
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Panaracer Urban Max also in a 26x1.25. Performance sells them
CCrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-09, 12:12 PM   #7
Pinyon
Senior Member
 
Pinyon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Northern Colorado
Bikes:
Posts: 1,380
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've had really good luck with these performance tires. They have a kevlar bead, hold up to 60 psi, and last a good long while.

I still use tire liners during the winter months, though. There is just too many sharp things that get deposited along with the snow and road-sand along the side of the road during the winter.

Pinyon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-09, 12:17 PM   #8
CliftonGK1
Senior Member
 
CliftonGK1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc
Posts: 11,380
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
+1 to the Marathon Plus. Yeah, they're heavy... but they roll smooth and you don't notice the weight. Especially when you're rolling through a curb lane full of pointy stuff and none of it makes it though the puncture belt.

I went 3500 miles on a pair without a single problem. Then I gave the bike to a friend and he's gone another 1000 miles on those same tires.
__________________
"I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
- Mandi M.
CliftonGK1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-09, 12:18 PM   #9
Mad Scientist
Senior Member
 
Mad Scientist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Bikes:
Posts: 96
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I run Continental Ultra Gatorskins in the ATB size (26x1 1/8, 559-28). They are really tough and not very heavy. They feel great to ride, very smooth.

Before these I tried Specialized Fat Boys. They seemed okay until I rode the Contis. The Gatorskins feel much much better.
Mad Scientist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-09, 12:22 PM   #10
CastIron
Sensible shoes.
 
CastIron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: St. Paul,MN
Bikes: A few.
Posts: 8,799
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Vittoria Randonuer Pro. I started running these this spring on two bikes. A little less money than Gatorskins, better ride, reflective sidewall, reasonably light, and better wet grip.
__________________
Mike
Quote:
Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
It looks silly when you have quotes from other forum members in your signature. Nobody on this forum is that funny.
Quote:
Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
Why am I in your signature.
CastIron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-09, 12:29 PM   #11
iforgotmename
Senior Member
 
iforgotmename's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: NE Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 1,545
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I run a 1.4 ritchey tom slick on the front...it isn't tough enough for the back but is a great ride and a 1.5 panaracer rimbo on the rear. The rimbo is very tough, the ride ir rougher than the tom slick but it doesn't cut up from the glass. I also run tire liners just in case.
iforgotmename is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-09, 11:53 PM   #12
noviques
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thank you all for your input. I narrowed it down to the two three tires either Contis Sport Contact or Kojaks, they both go for $34 or Panaracer Urban Max - I think $50 is too much for a tire.... The problem is that contis look better and kojaks have better specs and panas are the litest....Some people say that a bigger tire 1.5 is handles holes better than 1.25 Panaracer.... What do you say?

Contis:
26x1.3 (559 ISO),
85 PSI Max,
Weight:
444g,
wire bead (black or reflective)

vs

Kojaks:
SIZE: ISO 35-559 mm (26 x 1.35 in.)
PRESSURE: 95 psi
WEIGHT: 395 grams
BEAD: Wire
CONSTRUCTION: RaceGuard; 67 TPI
TUBE: Schwalbe 12A

Pana Urban Max
Weight: 344g/260g
Size(s): 700c x 32, 26 x 1.25"
Max. PSI: 95/80
TPI: NA
Bead: Wire

ritchey tom slick
Max. PSI: 100
Size(s): 26 x 1.0", 26 x 1.4"
Weight: 320g
TPI: NA
Bead: Wire
noviques is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-09, 04:15 PM   #13
iforgotmename
Senior Member
 
iforgotmename's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: NE Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 1,545
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had some contis...just stay away from road debris. They ride and feel great but I trashed my rear. The only thing that saved me was my mr tuffy liner.
iforgotmename is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-09, 11:38 PM   #14
noviques
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I found them! Conti Ultra Gator or SportContact 26 x 1-1/8 for city riding?

Hey Guys, thanks for the previous input...I found that I like the two Conits Ultra Gator Skins and Sport Contact two tires....I would assume that the first is for puncture resistance and second for speed. However I have a standard 26" MTB (rockhopper) so I worry that 1-1/8 be too narrow for me???
..I am not heavy but the bike is heavier (fenders, U lock, some stuff in a pannier, any my backpack)

I noticed that some of you put a different tire on the front and a different on the back? what is that about? again looking to be fast and fairly durable (currently get a flat once every few weeks but need more security)
noviques is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-09, 01:55 AM   #15
K6-III
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Bikes:
Posts: 1,453
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Another option is Vredestein Perfect Moiree. Very durable and cheaper alternative to Schwalbe Marathon. $22 each
K6-III is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-09, 05:41 AM   #16
jgedwa
surly old man
 
jgedwa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Carlisle, PA
Bikes: IRO Mark V, Karate Monkey half fat, Trek 620 IGH, Cannondale 26/24 MTB, Amp Research B3, and more.
Posts: 3,354
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Your weight matters in this choice perhaps. I am very heavy (230), and I have have to keep 26 x1.25 tires at pretty high pressure to keep my rims off the ground when I go over any kind of bump. That's fine, and they roll fast that way, but I would prefer sometimes to have a bit more cushion under me. I have used several brands of 1.5, and the difference is huge in this regard.

j
__________________
Cross Check Nexus7, IRO Mark V, Trek 620 Nexus7, Karate Monkey half fat, IRO Model 19 fixed, Amp Research B3, Surly 1x1 half fat fixed, and more...
--------------------------
SB forever
jgedwa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-09, 05:47 AM   #17
I_bRAD
Call me The Breeze
 
I_bRAD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Corbyville Ontario
Bikes: 2004 Litespeed Siena, 1996 Litespeed Obed, 1992 Miele (unknown model), 1982 Meile Uno LS.
Posts: 3,699
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jdmitch View Post
I don't think those go into production until June... and even then good luck getting your hands on a set.

I've got the 26 x 2. marathon supremes. I've run lots of different tires on that bike- 1.5s, 1.6s, 1.4s, 1.75s and now 2.0s. Last year was the 1.4, this year is the 2.0 and I'm just as happy. It's a more comfy ride and not really any slower (in commuting terms at least)

They've got good puncture resistance, and they roll nicely and handle VERY well. The only cons are the price and they're a bit noisy at cruising speed.
I_bRAD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-09, 10:26 AM   #18
noviques
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 19
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
also I think completely slick and completely black tires look better on my bike vs ultra gator skins (brown strip on the side) what would you say to sport contacts 26x1.3 vs gator skins 26x1-1/8 if I dont get that many flats with old kenda tires....should compromise looks for performance choosing sport contacts I saw them on a dahon the other day and the wavy stripe looks awesome...but I want to go as narrow as it is recommended so I would go for 1.3's...?
noviques is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-09, 10:37 AM   #19
stringbreaker
stringbreaker
 
stringbreaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: wa. State
Bikes: specialized crossroads hybrid 2006 Raleigh Cadent 2 1971 Schwinn Varsity, 1972 Schwinn Continental, 1977 Schwinn Volare (frame)
Posts: 4,443
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
All I know is I love my Armadillos. Three years and no flats, granted summertime riding and only 14 mi. RT but still I can't knock em.
__________________
(Life is too short to play crappy guitars) 2006 Raleigh Cadent 3.0, 1977 Schwinn Volare, 2010 Windsor tourist. ( I didn't fall , I attacked the floor)
stringbreaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-09, 01:47 PM   #20
SSP
Software for Cyclists
 
SSP's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Redding, California
Bikes: Trek 5200, Specialized MTB
Posts: 4,618
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nightdiver View Post
+1 Great tires. There's also the Marathon Plus in 26x1.35. Pretty heavy, but VERY flat resistant.
+1 for the Marathon Plus...the #1 choice for touring and commuting.

As an added bonus, they have reflective sidewalls, to help make you more visible at night. www.biketiresdirect.com has them in stock, they ship quick, and no sales tax.
SSP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-09, 03:56 PM   #21
CB HI
Cycle Year Round
 
CB HI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Honolulu, HI
Bikes:
Posts: 12,348
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 443 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by stringbreaker View Post
All I know is I love my Armadillos. Three years and no flats, granted summertime riding and only 14 mi. RT but still I can't knock em.
Are you on a 26" Armadillo?
The ride of other Armadillos are just fine; but the 26" version on a fast down hill sucks, like riding on a square tire.

Now the Specialized 26x1.25" Fatboy rides great and is almost as flat resistant as an Armadillo, plus it is rated at 100 psi.
CB HI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-09, 06:50 PM   #22
Mad Scientist
Senior Member
 
Mad Scientist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Bikes:
Posts: 96
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by CB HI View Post
Now the Specialized 26x1.25" Fatboy rides great and is almost as flat resistant as an Armadillo, plus it is rated at 100 psi.
I had a set of Fatboys before my Gatorskins. To me, the Gatorskins feel much better than the Fatboys even though they are even higher pressure (116 psi).
Mad Scientist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-09, 06:57 PM   #23
CB HI
Cycle Year Round
 
CB HI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Honolulu, HI
Bikes:
Posts: 12,348
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 443 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mad Scientist View Post
I had a set of Fatboys before my Gatorskins. To me, the Gatorskins feel much better than the Fatboys even though they are even higher pressure (116 psi).
I would not argue with that. Fatboys is sort of a mid-price range option at $25 a tire.
CB HI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-09, 06:57 PM   #24
AlanKHG
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Brooklyn
Bikes:
Posts: 245
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Panaracer Pasela Tourguards have served me competently, and cost $20 with a steel bead. I've ridden them all winter through messes and puddles and all of that. The only flat they got was in their first 20 miles or so, with a piece of wire hitting the tread perpendicularly and causing a slow leak. That's hard to defend against without a thick layer of rubber, though, and they've been fine since then.
AlanKHG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-09, 07:59 PM   #25
stringbreaker
stringbreaker
 
stringbreaker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: wa. State
Bikes: specialized crossroads hybrid 2006 Raleigh Cadent 2 1971 Schwinn Varsity, 1972 Schwinn Continental, 1977 Schwinn Volare (frame)
Posts: 4,443
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by CB HI View Post
Are you on a 26" Armadillo?
The ride of other Armadillos are just fine; but the 26" version on a fast down hill sucks, like riding on a square tire.

Now the Specialized 26x1.25" Fatboy rides great and is almost as flat resistant as an Armadillo, plus it is rated at 100 psi.
My commute is all flat terrain and I'm not in a hurry to ride the 7.2 mi one way ride. They are the only tires I have ever had on this bike so I don't know or really even care if they are slow or not all I know is I haven't had a flat in three years with them and thats good enough in my book. Heck I'm not in a hurry to do anything anymore. If I wanna go fast I'll ride my Volare or Cadent. On those bikes I'm running Panaracer Pasela TG in 700 X 25c
__________________
(Life is too short to play crappy guitars) 2006 Raleigh Cadent 3.0, 1977 Schwinn Volare, 2010 Windsor tourist. ( I didn't fall , I attacked the floor)
stringbreaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:30 PM.