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Old 11-07-12, 09:20 AM   #1
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How long do you get out of your road bike tires? (700x23)

I'm shredding my tires after 1,000 miles or slightly before.. is that normal? The LBS says 1k is pretty good but i've heard others say they get much more.. and by shred, i mean, the seems are split and tube starts popping out and holes show up and they generally fail.

Decent tires at the local lbs are 70 bucks, i forgot to warn my wife when i needed one without the luxury of ordering online or heading to performance bikes wayyyyyyy across town and spending 140 every couple of months to replace my tires sucks lol.

Any brand recommended for 700x23 that take the abuse, ride light and don't cost an arm and a leg and maybe get more than 1k miles of riding along austin roads?
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How much do you weight?
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How much do you weight?
190 lbs, and its a specialized allez comp c. I typically ride 120+ miles a week - lots of riding to work and back and long rides down to Andice and back along parmer.. which can be full of road crud at times
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210 lb here. Too much junk on the roads. Came in one time and had 9 cuts on the rear tire.

Have yet to find the best tire. 46,000 miles and only got to wear out one tire. 6,000 miles with 7 flats on it.

I carry 4 tubes and a spare tire when I ride.

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i've gotten about 4,000 miles apiece out of two sets of vittoria rubino pro III's (700x23) for my road bike. i've never had a flat with them either (knock on wood).

when they're on sale, you can pick 'em up for as low 40 bucks on biketiresdirect.com. i think they're usually around 50 bucks or so.

it's not a racing tire, but for daily commuting, it strikes a fantastic balance of performance, toughness, and durability in my opinion.
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I put two brand new tires at the start of the season, I'm now at 7500 kms and still going 55 kms/days. Both tires look fine. I had a big bad luck streak (flats, lots of flats) with my rear gatorskin that I now hate very much and would love to replace but having spend 45$ on the thing I will squeeze every Km out of it before I take it off.
Even with the cheapest of tire (19.95$ at bbs) I've always got at least 3000-3500 kms out of a 700x23
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I use Panaracer Paselas and Continental Gatorskins and get 1500-2000 miles out of each pair. I've used other tires (continentals, Vittorias, Kendas and Michelins) in the past and get about the same mileage out of all of them.

Do you ride in the gutters or as far right as possible? IMO, that makes a big difference. Looking ahead, staying out of the gutter and avoiding debris makes tires last longer.
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How long is a piece of string?

You may have more luck with larger tires at your weight. The Paselas that have been mentioned are my favourite commuting tire.
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I put most of My miles , commuting, on other than the road racer style bike.

OP will a 25 or 28 tire fit?
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I use 700x28 (or 30) on my road/rando/commuting bikes. The only reason i'd go skinnier would be to get clearance for fenders.
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What is your definition of "decent tires"? Good Kevlar belted commuting tires near that price should easily last 2000 miles. Race tires not so much....
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1000? Do you skid?

Only time I get that kind of mileage was when I first got a cross bike with a set of disc brakes.
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1000? Do you skid?

Only time I get that kind of mileage was when I first got a cross bike with a set of disc brakes.
Nope, no skidding.. the tread looks fine but the tires get rips, cuts, gashes and before long i see little tube nipples sticking out. I'm half tempted to duct tape the inside to get more miles

I don't ride through gutters, i dodge trash/debris like a hawk - sometimes you just can't do anything to avoid some crap.. The local LBS didn't seem surprised at all and one shop recommended new tires after 500 miles
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My tires usually last the season, which for me is about 2500 miles, and then into the next, so maybe 3000. I rotate them around to less used bikes if they still have some life left. I use Conti GP4000s, I ride in NYC, and I used to weigh 200 pounds. I'm down to 175 now. I don't go over potholes if I can help it, I inspect them after my ride, and I always pump my tires before I leave for the day. I don't get flats (oops, I jinxed it).
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I put most of My miles , commuting, on other than the road racer style bike.

OP will a 25 or 28 tire fit?
25 should fit no problem.. not sure of a 28, will have to search (or hitup the lbs and see if they have one i can try on..)
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My tires usually last the season, which for me is about 2500 miles, and then into the next, so maybe 3000. I rotate them around to less used bikes if they still have some life left. I use Conti GP4000s, I ride in NYC, and I used to weigh 200 pounds. I'm down to 175 now. I don't go over potholes if I can help it, I inspect them after my ride, and I always pump my tires before I leave for the day. I don't get flats (oops, I jinxed it).
i haven't had bad luck with flats myself. If i can get 2500 miles i'd be happy, that's a bit more affordable. Is 190lbs really killer on the 700x23 in general??
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I have about 2500 miles on a set of Continental Gatorskins 700X23, and they're still going strong. 1000 miles seems low.
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You will most likely get longer life out of wider tires run at lower pressure. I also used to run 700x23, but no more. The minimum I will run now is 700x28. You will also be able to find tires at better prices online. I like to support the LBS, but I won't pay double for tires.
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I am 175, I ride Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires 700C-25 , I generally get ~10,000 miles on a set. Current rear tire has 8,000 miles on it.

When the rear wears out, I move the front to the rear, and put a new tire on the front.
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Not sure how size of the tire affects things, but I run 700x32 and I've gotten about 2500 miles out of a pair of Vittoria Randonneurs and Continental Contacts. My rear tires always wear out way faster than the fronts. I'm going to upgrade to Schwalbe Marathons. I hear they're the shnizzle as the kids these days would say.
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not that I'm a "roadie" but Schwalbe Marathon Supremes have an excellent reputation over here as their used on rental bike fleets because they never need changing. From what I hear, people routinely get well over 15000km (10000 miles) out of a set.
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my mass is around 100 kg, use Conti GP Four season on the road bike - 25 mm; usually get 3-4 thousand km before replacement. around 2000 km i swap front and rear - plus i don't ride them to their tread limit. 25 mm rides better and last longer - especially at my mASS. have tried regular schwalbe marathon tires in 25 mm, they wore well - but felt less responsive - perhaps for commuting they could be a better choice, a pair seemed to cost only a little more than a single conti.
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I am a growing fan of Continental GP4000S tyres as I get my best run of wear to puncture rates out of them. I keep a record of my tyre wear rates here. It is not as comprehensive as it should have been as I lost a lot of data moving ISPs but it might be useful.

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The only tires I've ever actually worn out were Continentals - funny I don't remember the name, but they were the really heavy street tires for mountain bikes (26") but the name slips my mind. I used them for about 6 years, which translates to approximately 12,000 to 13,000 miles in the late 1990s. I'll remember the name and post back maybe. Their sidewalls started to shred a bit. Most other tires I replaced before they wore out - - I guess N+1 extends to bike parts, too!

Edit: I remembered! Milagro!! They were called Continental Town and Country.

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thanks for all the feedback, i'm going to explore some of these brands and definitely just buy a second set to keep at home online so i don't end up paying the super inflated LBS pricing. Will also track my tires against miles and share my data every few months
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