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    Thanks for all the helpful replies.

    Found a pic of my bike, this from when I was running my dogs a couple of years back.

    Off topic, but the bigger one is a heeler/stumpy-tailed cattle dog mix, the smaller a heeler/sheepdog mix. My experience has been that a dog that will walk/run reliably off-leash at heel will do the same with a bicycle and I have often run them through town early in the mornings. Herding breeds are probably best for this, and in Texas unspoiled examples (as in not AKC) are pretty cheap. But I digress.....





    As mentioned, the bike is a Kona Blast, 8sp cassette, the fork a Marzocchi Bomber, air adjustable but not lockoutable. Deore shifters, Truvati triple crnakset, Blackburn mountain bike rack, Jannd Mountaineering bags, T/C tires. Dunno the make of the pedals (Truvati?), steel with carbon (??) clips, big enough to fit regular shoes with the straps removed.

    Pretty much state-of-the-art for a decent bike fifteen years back IIRC we paid $600 in 1998 (??) dollars for it at the Ozona Bike Shop in Austin. Only thing I'd fault for my own use is the color, flame orange ain't really stealthy.

    I have found front shocks to be essential when riding broken sidewalks and alongside the roadway off pavement, especially at night. They save a large amount of wear on one's hands and wrists, safer too. I recently switched from the original thumb shifters to Schramm Grip shifters, I have an old injury (from a bicycle wreck) to my right thumb and I find the grip shifters to be less painful to use.

    Again off topic, I traded a classic S&W Mod 63 for a pristine F-series Cannondale (headshock era) hanging on a buddies garage wall some years back, but that ended up going to my son too. He still rides it, loves the bike.

    An REI just opened up recently in this town and based on the reviews I'm thinking a pair of Drifters would be an ideal and not too expensive replacement, some off-road sections alongside the roadway can actually be fairly technical. And since my current T/C's have wear left on 'em, I can slap some Mr Tuffy's in 'em and put them on my wife's comfort bike. Two birds with one stone and all that

    Thanks,

    Mike
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    Ya know, looking at that photo after all my talk about "stealth", I just noticed the reflective strips on the bags. Well hey, they don't work very well, OK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alan s View Post
    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.

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    1. Schwalbe Marathon plus.

    2. fiberglass strapping tape, 2 wraps (check for any metal burrs before wrapping).

    3. I coat the inside of the tire and tube with baby powder/talcum powder.

    4. Before inflating the tire to your desired pressure, squeeze the sides of the tire and make sure that the tube is not going to cause a pinch flat.

    5. After inflating the tire, check to make sure the bead is seated evenly around the rim.

    6. Be mindful of your tire pressure, squeezing the tire is not a very good indication.

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    Good luck on your commute & stay safe!

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    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.

    Mike

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    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

    Mike
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    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.

    Mike
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    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.

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    +1 on the Marathon Pluses.

    Quote Originally Posted by xuwol7 View Post
    1. Schwalbe Marathon plus.

    2. fiberglass strapping tape, 2 wraps (check for any metal burrs before wrapping).

    3. I coat the inside of the tire and tube with baby powder/talcum powder.

    4. Before inflating the tire to your desired pressure, squeeze the sides of the tire and make sure that the tube is not going to cause a pinch flat.

    5. After inflating the tire, check to make sure the bead is seated evenly around the rim.

    6. Be mindful of your tire pressure, squeezing the tire is not a very good indication.

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    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.

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