Used T&Cs many years ago, and they were flat magnets. Anything but bulletproof. The reverse tread area is thin and seems to pick up glass readily. Definitely go with tire liners if you use those tires.
My experience exactly. Nice looking tires, nice ride.
But T&C's are like magnets for goat heads and other sharpies.....directly to the inverted tread areas.
5 flats in 3 long rides earlier this Sep, when the thorns are hard and dry.
Must run tire liners in these in texas.
And, makes a better front tire than rear.
Woo Hooo....!! Taking the long way, I've increased my daily commute to eight miles each way, can prob'ly get creative and bump it to a full ten.
But.... in the morning especially, I'm now encountering spots with morning commuter traffic where I too am running on the roadway.
At Wally World last night I discovered one of those period game-changing inventions.... the Nite Ize Twistlit. For a princely fifteen bucks I'm equipped with a white (on the steering neck) and red (on the back end of the Blackburn rack) LED lights when I can use 'em. Best of all, the red rear light apparently has NO reflectors (hard to find a taillight that doesn't) so I can drop back into Romulan stealth mode at the touch of a button.
I hope the people who invented these make a million bucks.
Productive weekend, tho' I had to ride clear to Austin (100 miles) to find a set of Serfas Drifters, it seems the big annual MS charity ride this weekend had cleaned out all the bike shops, including our REI.
Great looking tires, and seemingly a bit fatter than the T and C's, now my son wants a pair on his Cannondale too. When putting 'em on I did note that one could grind coffee in the rear wheel hub, it was that rough. Looks like a generic hub, dunno if it is salvageable, but I found a replacement wheel (Mavic) on ebay for $100 plus shipping. In the meantime I'm jumping over to the ol' elastomer fork Stumpjumper also hanging on my garage wall.
Man, its great to get back into something you were heavily involved with years ago, its like giving yourself all this free stuff
Rode in eight miles on the old Stumpjumper with those drifters on. Bigger around than the Town and Countrys, noisier too. Closest thing to a ballon tire I've ridden and definitely more cushy off of tall curbs.
My impression is that the rolling resistance of these new tires was somewhat higher than the T&Cs, but when I got in I found that I had shaved five minutes off of my times from last week. That was likely me more'n the tires, but at least they didn't slow me up a whole lot.
Pretty good urban warrior tires, I opted for these over the Big Apples on account of the more aggressive, albeit negative, tread. There's some routes where I have to ride across steep grassy inclines adjacent to highway interchanges. Hoping the tread of the Drifters will help here.
I have had both the conti T&C's and serfas drifters.
Much prefer the drifters in texas.
Lot less flats from goat heads, mesquite thorns, burrs, glass, sharpies, etc....
Sidewalls are better built as well.
However, there is some weight and rolling resistance penalty.
Well worth it, between the two choices, IMO.
Conti XKing 2.4's set up tubeless have been a great urban assault tire for me. Pavement, gravel, singletrack, curbs, snow, whatever. They roll fast on everything, and tubeless keeps the weight down and increases the bulletproof-ability.