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Old 08-20-13, 04:56 PM   #1
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tire of choice for commuting

I have been commuting for about a year now and I am about to buy my first set of tires (the ones that were on the bike I bought were well worn). I am having a really hard time deciding on what to get, the options are just so vast. I am curious what people like for commuting and why and would love some suggestions!
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I ride a 77 frankenbike (was told it was a sekai but that is debatable). It is a steel frame road bike. I have 27" rims and am running 1.25" tires on it now that have no knobs. There is little to no clearance left at this size. I want a tire that is really versatile. I want something that has little rolling resistance, has lots of stability cornering, is good in wet conditions, and can even do a little off-pavement riding (nothing serious). Any ideas?
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Let me be the first to recommend the Panaracer Pasela, which is available in 27x1-1/4" and 27x1-1/8" sizes, both in their regular version and the more puncture resistant "Tourguard" variety. I've only ridden the Tourguards, in both 27x1-1/4" and 700c x 28 mm (roughly 1-1/8" in width) and I like them quite a bit. Schwalbe also makes some pretty highly regarded 27" tires.
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Does your bike have steel rims? If so, let me be the first to recommend getting new 700C wheels, which would allow for a little more tire clearance as well.
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Does your bike have steel rims? If so, let me be the first to recommend getting new 700C wheels, which would allow for a little more tire clearance as well.
Thanks! um...I don't know if they are steel. They are Araya probably from the same era as the bike. Would that make them steel? I have thought about switching to 700c but it is really overwhelming because of all the choices? Any recommendations there?
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If you get 700c rims, I'd recommend schwalbe marathon Plus.

They don't fit 27 rims, but are madE for 700c . A little slow, but very flat resistant. Comfortable, good grip, and long lasting. I really like mine.
Thanks!! The flat resistance is a major plus. Do you ever take them off-road?
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I like the continental touring plus; the reflective sidewall is very much a plus IMHO. Plus it doesn't cost crazy money at under $30 (also a plus for a commuting tire): http://www.amazon.com/Continental-To...tal+reflective

700c wheels will make a very a nice upgrade for that bike.
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Thanks! um...I don't know if they are steel. They are Araya probably from the same era as the bike. Would that make them steel? I have thought about switching to 700c but it is really overwhelming because of all the choices? Any recommendations there?

You can check by seeing if they're attracted to a refrigerator magnet. It seems simple enough, but I just looked in my own kitchen and couldn't find one anywhere!

Usually the steel rims will have a bit of a dimpled or patterned surface on the sidewalls in order to help a bit with the braking.
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I like the continental touring plus; the reflective sidewall is very much a plus IMHO. Plus it doesn't cost crazy money at under $30 (also a plus for a commuting tire): http://www.amazon.com/Continental-To...tal+reflective

700c wheels will make a very a nice upgrade for that bike.
My girlfriend hates those. They seem pretty darn durable and all but I will admit, they are not exactly the best ride.

If you are stuck with 27". I have not had direct experience with the Panaracer Pasela TG tires, but if they are anything like the T-serve or Ribmo, then I would highly recommend them.

There is also this... http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...&category=1745 Schwalbe Marathon Greengaurd
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