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Old 03-30-14, 02:20 PM   #26
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Old 03-30-14, 03:47 PM   #27
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I commute on 23 mm gatorskins, no problem. My only flats were pinch flats and one was because I think I ran over barbed wire or some that made it through the tire and puncture resistant tube.

I don't commute in the rain much here, but when I do I never have a problem.
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Old 03-30-14, 03:57 PM   #28
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Gah!

The OP did not ask what size tire they should purchase. They specifically asked for recommendations for 700x23. To illustrate how easy it is to do this:

Money is no object: Conti 4 Seasons.
Cheap kevlar clincher with reasonable protection: Rubino Pro II/III (as low as $25 on sale)
Cheap impregnable wire bead clincher: Serfas Survivor (far better protection than gatorskins and only a touch heavier)

When riding on tarmac preferred tire size is influenced by preference and riding style rather than some dogmatic platonic ideal.
Are you really surprised that people voiced their opinions on BF that was not a direct answer to the OP's question? I am actually surprised this post hasn't turned into a big debate about skinny vs fat or this tire vs that or something totaly unrelated.

I think that a number of people suggesting to consider tires wider than 23mm is actually relevant based on the OPs question. The OP may not have thought about a 25 or 28 mm tire (I know I never did for my roadbike), but the OP is concerned about grip in the rain, on poor roads covered in sand/gravel/dirt/etc, and puncture resistance. A slightly wider tire could help with these concerns. The OP is free to ignore the part about the wider tires if they don't want wider or his/her bike can't handle them and still can take many of the tire recommendations made, as most of them are available in 23mm.
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Old 03-30-14, 04:58 PM   #29
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Give it time. The tire width argument will come
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Old 03-30-14, 05:08 PM   #30
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Gah!

The OP did not ask what size tire they should purchase. They specifically asked for recommendations for 700x23.

These boards are for conversation, not for a strict input-output fact machine.

Personally I would not commute on a tire smaller than 28mm. If the bike can fit them, I'd suggest installing them.
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Old 03-30-14, 05:36 PM   #31
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Maxxis Re-Fuse 700x23. Foldable Kevlar beaded. Very puncture resistant. 120PSi
In 5,200 miles of cycling got only 2 flats (one was a patch that came loose).
We live in Arizona so lots of road debris + loads of cacti thorns.
Use them on our tandem and also on single bike.
Get +/- 2,000 miles off rear tire with a few hundred more miles off front tire.
We like 'em!
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Old 03-30-14, 08:26 PM   #32
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Go with the Forte (Performance) brand. They're a poor mans version of a conti. In fact use it with a puncture resistant tube. Weight? are you kidding? its a commuter.....
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Old 03-30-14, 11:40 PM   #33
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I've loved all continentals I've ran in 700x23. And loved them even more in 700x25

Commuted for two years, rain or shine (mostly shine in California) on 23s. But I don't think I well ever run anything smaller than 25 again. Absolutely in love with my Conti gp 4000S. Very comfy and grippy, and theoretically pretty decent at puncture resistance. Though for an all out commuter is probably go gp 4 seasons for my ideal, on road tire.
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Old 03-30-14, 11:43 PM   #34
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I've got about 3900 miles on a set of Continental GP4000s (in 700 x 23), that have served me quite well so far. Quite a bit of life left on them still. I run them with the Forte puncture resistant tubes from Performance, and as long as you don't get one from one of those batches that had problems with valve stem separations, they're quite bullet proof.
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Old 03-30-14, 11:59 PM   #35
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These boards are for conversation, not for a strict input-output fact machine.
Personally I would not commute on a tire smaller than 28mm. If the bike can fit them, I'd suggest installing them.
Personally I would never commute on a lugged steel frame. If you can afford it, I'd suggest a modern carbon fiber frame that is both laterally stiff and vertically compliant.
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Old 03-31-14, 03:32 AM   #36
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Personally I would never commute on a lugged steel frame. If you can afford it, I'd suggest a modern carbon fiber frame that is both laterally stiff and vertically compliant.
Haha! Right?!?

Now if we could just get 5 more jerkies to post the same exact thing...I mean, I'm sure the OP just doesn't know carbon frames exist, because there's no possible or logical reason to choose steel...and we really just want to help and care deeply that someone doesn't make the grave, life-changing mistake of getting a steel frame.


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Vittoria rubino. not too expensive, quite durable, good puncture resistance. I tried 700x23 and 700x25 and didn't see a big difference.
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with free shipping!!
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with free shipping!!
Free shipping is so 2012. I want free same day delivery now.
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Free shipping is so 2012. I want free same day delivery now.
And free installation.
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Personally I would never commute on a lugged steel frame. If you can afford it, I'd suggest a modern carbon fiber frame that is both laterally stiff and vertically compliant.
I have no idea if this is supposed to be a joke or not.
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I have no idea if this is supposed to be a joke or not.
Sadly, it's not.
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Sadly, it's not.
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You are a funny guy. I guess.
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