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Old 03-20-14, 07:03 PM   #26
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I agree with noglider, Paselas are my go to tire 99% of the time. I recommended Serfas Drifters because I think the sidewall is a bit tougher. Personally, I love tire threads- I could talk about tires all day.
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Old 03-20-14, 09:27 PM   #27
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Don't get so worked up...just razzing you a bit...starting a new thread is way better than resurrecting a 10 year old zombie.
I did not really get worked up. I have been a member of many forums for a long time. Some good, some not so good. I am aware of the rite of passage to get the guys that have been on the forums forever to give you the time of day. This seems like a pretty good group of people. I am finding myself spending more and more time to find the more rare old school mountain bikes. I have a collection of old VW's. They don't run and they are costly. This hobby is more my speed and "less" costly. I look foward to busting my knuckles on something new.
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Vote here for Schwalbe Big Bens.
I also really like Schwalbe Big Apples and Continental Travel Contact all condition touring tires.
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Old 03-21-14, 05:49 AM   #29
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Pasela up front - would never buy again

some specialized flakjacket hard tire in the back

both 700x32
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Old 03-21-14, 06:48 AM   #30
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I'm sure the tire threads get redundant after a while. For now I'm learning from each of them. My tires will probably need replacing pretty soon. They are Michelin something or another, slicks, 700x23. I ride on asphalt roads only and don't feel a tread is necessary.

I will probably want to go a bit wider if for no other reason than to help prevent flats. I'm putting about 100 - 120 miles per week on them so hope for something fairly long-lasting.
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Old 03-21-14, 06:58 AM   #31
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My commuting bike tires both are purchased primarily for flat protection. I already mentioned my MTB with armadillos, my road-type bicycle with curly down handlebars like they use in the tour de france has gatorskin hardshells. I like both, but I can only recommend them to myself with my particular needs. If your needs are like mine, they will work for you. If they are not, there's bound to be a tire out there that fits your needs.
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Old 03-21-14, 07:08 AM   #32
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My commuter bike is a early 90's mountain bike. I am riding on mountain bike style tires. I want to change to a fast road tire. My only issue is I ride on a dirt and gravel road for some of my ride to work. The Lbs tells me to run a tire with inverted tread profile. What do you ride on?
It depends where you live and whether you are willing to trade a lighter and possibly better performing tyre that might flat easier or want to opt for something more armour plated, that could still get a flat.

Those tyres with an inverted tread are designed to provide excellent road speed with good gravel performance... Avocet was the first to offer this and there are a number of makers who offer variants of this, Avocet still makes the Cross 2 as well.

One of my favourite tyres has been the Schwalbe Hurricane which has excellent road speed, handles well on gravel, and have shown themselves to be bulletproof over 10's of thousands of miles. I have a set of these with over 12,000 km on them and they still look great and have never flatted.

The Schwalbe Silento is also a very good tyre.

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Old 03-21-14, 01:31 PM   #33
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For example: would you still recommend marathon supreme if the dirt/gravel roads they ride turn to mud when it rains twice a week? Because marathon supreme tread sure wouldn't be acceptable for me in that condition.
I use them on my commute, which includes 2 - 3 miles of gravel/dirt roads each way. It usually rains more than twice a week though. My roads get a coating of slime that flings around, but it's never very deep because our gravel roads have very good underlying big rocks I guess. In deeper mud the supremes would be bad, but they're OK on my commute. And nice on the paved 5 - 7 miles each way. Mine are 50 mm on my Fargo.

Does Schwalbe consider the Supremes to be part of the Marathon series? I thought my box says Evolution series or something like that.

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I've been using the Serfas Seca STKB Survivor as my non-winter tire. It's held up quite well. I've about 4,000 miles on them, and I'm guessing I'll get another 1,000 +.
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Old 03-21-14, 03:46 PM   #36
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I did not really get worked up. I have been a member of many forums for a long time. Some good, some not so good. I am aware of the rite of passage to get the guys that have been on the forums forever to give you the time of day. This seems like a pretty good group of people. I am finding myself spending more and more time to find the more rare old school mountain bikes. I have a collection of old VW's. They don't run and they are costly. This hobby is more my speed and "less" costly. I look foward to busting my knuckles on something new.
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EDIT: OP: Conti SportCONTACT, no punctures in 6 years (about 11,000 miles give or take)
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Old 03-22-14, 06:14 AM   #37
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1.5" schwalbe marathon green guards on my drop bar mountain bike commuter. I love them.
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Old 03-22-14, 07:05 AM   #38
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kenda koncept

about $6 each

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Old 03-22-14, 08:41 AM   #39
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I've been extremely happy with my Vittoria Randonneur Pro RFX tires in 100x35c
Nashbar - City Bike Tires
I've ridden on all sorts of surfaces including muddy levee roads, gravel grinders, and city streets. They have 2,000 miles on them and still look new.
No flats and no slipping (except hitting an ice patch)
They roll fast and cushion the blow of nasty bumps and potholes.
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Old 03-22-14, 08:51 AM   #40
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I've used Specialized Armadillo Nimbus (1x1.5) for the last four years. Excellent flat protection. I get 5k out of them and I'm lucky to get one flat. I recently switched to the Schwalbe Marathon Green Guard because a BF member claims to get 16k out of them. So I'm testing those at the moment. I'll get back to you on how they do. It may take a few years but hang in there.
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Old 03-22-14, 01:06 PM   #41
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I have been using the Michelin city tires and have had good results and they roll better than many I have had in the past. I do little off pavement but when I do they have been "ok"
im not sure if true with other brands, my only complaint is
well....Ive hit lots of junk, and the tread holds up and no flats. One day I hit something in the snow/slush that I could not see and it ripped through the sidewall like paper.
so while many tires have Kevlar, protect, etc, I don't know if many go up into sidewall for the protection
I replaced my tire with an old one I had which is a Kevlar but has few miles left in it for tread etc.
I haven't spent time looking for a replacement, but I should. what would be nice is one that has the protection into the sidewall too
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Through the winter I was on either 25c Gatorskins, 26x~2.0 studded tires, or Ritchey Speedmax Pro CX 32mms (they measure wider than that on my rims). The CX tires I had at around 30-60psi and loved, although the tread was not ideal for actual paved surfaces (great for sand and snow debris though). I'm thinking of getting a set of light, slick 32mms that I can run at <60 psi but I've never bought anything in this sort of tire family. I've read good things about Big Apples, but they are really heavy (my CX tires are ~350g each).

Any road slick with a decent balance between rolling resistance/weight and puncture protection works for the rest of the year. Suppleness is nice of course but usually those nicer tires wear too fast for my liking to be used for just commuting. My beater bike has the studs off now for 26x1.25 or so slicks and they're not very supple but super cheap and are reasonably durable.
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Try some Schwalbe Smart Sam Performance very good rollers I would say they are a little more off road than on .....or check out Schwalbe Land Cruiser look good for more road riding but will cope with off road terrain
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Try some Schwalbe Smart Sam Performance very good rollers I would say they are a little more off road than on .....or check out Schwalbe Land Cruiser look good for more road riding but will cope with off road terrain
I have these ... and really like them ...

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Yes I have them on now
i wanted a change ..... See if I could get some more speed I was thinking about some schwalbe
land cruisers or some marathon plus tour what do you think would I be any quicker
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I have these ... and really like them ...

Hi
what size would you get the smart SAMs I have on now are 700 x 42 ......I was think about the land cruisers or the marathon plus tours in 700 x 40 or 35 ? Thanks
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Nice bike I have a cube nature pro it's a great ride better than my old trek
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my consistent recommendation for slicks for mtb is Nashbar Slick City Tire. Extremely cheap and well-reviewed. I am confident that you would love it on road, and I think it would work ok off-road as well as long as it's not super hilly, and as long as you don't need 2+" width to avoid pinch flats riding over large sharp rocks. On sale for $10 right now, cheap enough that you can try it out and very little lost if it doesn't work out.
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what size would you get the smart SAMs I have on now are 700 x 42 ......I was think about the land cruisers or the marathon plus tours in 700 x 40 or 35 ? Thanks
they roll quite well actually.

if you did swap them out, i'd go for a member of the schwalbe marathon family
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Nice bike I have a cube nature pro it's a great ride better than my old trek
yeah, I've never been impressed with Trek ... the Americans like them ... the CUBE bikes are quite solid for the money.

i haven't heard of the Nature, but I haven't looked through the catalogue since 2010/2011.
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