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View Poll Results: What Sizes of Road Tires Do 50+'rs Use?
1. 700 x 18,19 or 20. (You may check several choices.) 8 9.20%
2. 700x23. (You may check several choices.) 45 51.72%
3. 700x25 (You may check several choices.) 26 29.89%
4. 700x28 (You may check several choices.) 19 21.84%
5. Larger than 700 x 28 (You may check several choices.) 16 18.39%
6. Some other option. Please state below. (You may check several choices.) 3 3.45%
X1. I use special puncture resistant tires. (You may check several choices.) 20 22.99%
X2. I use the cheapest tires I can find (You may check several choices.) 1 1.15%
X3. I use "general use" moderately priced tires. (You may check several choices.) 22 25.29%
X4. I use ultra-quality expensive tires. (You may check several choices.) 16 18.39%
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Old 09-10-06, 06:22 AM   #1
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What Sizes of Road Tires Do 50+'rs Use and Why?

What Sizes of Road Tires Do 50+'rs Use and Why?

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Old 09-10-06, 06:28 AM   #2
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What Sizes of Road Tires Do 50+'rs Use and Why?

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Old 09-10-06, 06:45 AM   #3
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I use 700 X 23 or 25 for low rolling resistance. When I replace tires I look for a higher TPI as well. But, when it comes to road riding, I love a bargain. So I look for slightly used tires or new, local resales on ebay.
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700x25 Nashbar Prima Plus 2 seems to be right on the money for me... they're also less than $8 each (much less on sale w/discount)...

my other favorites are 700x27 (yes, 27) SpeedBlends i bought from Target ('Target Dog!'):

Here for $19.95!

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I use 700x28. I first used these because we had a tandem with this size and in an effort to reduce sizes of spare tires and tubes tried these on the single. I actually like them better than the 23-25 sizes used earlier. Road surfaces in our area are often cracked and smaller sized tires can get sucked into cracks etc. I notice no rolling resitance difference between these and smaller tires. I inflate to 100 -105 psi for my single and 120 psi with the tandem.
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I use some moderately expesive michelin fold ups in size 23 on my Topolinos which I use for fast club rides.

I use some Bontrager Hard case wire beaded 25's for daily riding on my Velocity rims.

I use a cheap wire beaded Cyclocross 32's (Richey Crossmax) for fall, winter and spring.
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I use 700x23's on my road biker & 700x32's on my touring bike. I'm a clydesdale & have had no problems with the 23's. They are more easily found on sale in my area & I like saving money when possible. I did buy 25's once and saw/felt/noticed little difference between the 23's and 25's. The touring bike also gets used on gravel paths, in the snow & with heavier loads. I just like the 32's on it.
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I use 700X25 because that's what came on the bike (yes, I am a newbie). I may try 28s when it's time to replace the tires, but have not had any problem with these.
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I ride a variety of road surfaces from smooth to chip seal to dodge-the-hole. I like 25's best (GatorSkins, Avocet) for a cross between lightness and comfort. At 165lbs, I run them 95 in back, 90 in front.

On my urban-assault, dirt road, ride it to Starbucks, beater machine tdhat never dies I ride 32's.
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I use 700X25 because that's what came on the bike (yes, I am a newbie). I may try 28s when it's time to replace the tires, but have not had any problem with these.
Same reasons but 700x26. These will acyually provide grip on some of the milder offroad trails but they are bone dry at present. Now on the tyre quality- I obviously haven't bought any road tyres yet but going By my offroad experiences- once I find a tyre I like- which probably will not be in the cheaper range of rubber- I will get the kevlar beaded form to save weight. These are more expensive but worth it in the performance stakes.
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700X23 on all my road bikes. Michelin Pro2 Race, Schwalbe Blizzard, Conti Ultra 2000.
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i use 700X20 tubulars on one bike and 700X23 clinchers on the second bike. i guess i still think of myself as racer even tho i have slowed a lot with age. the tubulars are vittoria cx's pumped to 130 psi. the clinchers are michelins at about 110 psi.
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I tried 700x25 and found it a pain to get the wheels on and off without messing with the breaks. I've been riding Conti GP4000 700x23 for about 2500miles now and I am happy with them. They feel good to ride on and don't cut easy. No flats yet either. They are a bit pricey since I need to replace the rear at about 2500 - 3000 miles so that means I need to buy tires at least twice a year. Found a guy on ebay that sells them for $40 ea including shipping. The 23s slide right on and off easy.
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Schwalbe Marathon Plus, 622 40, except for December to March, when I use Nokian Hakapillita W-106 700 x 35mm studded tires.

I like wide tires because they are much better on steel grates and metal plates than narrower ones. They are also much better on potholes and road debris. Since I have a daughter to get ready for school, there is never any time for pre-ride preparation, so the fact that they only require pumping up every few weeks is important.

The Schwalbes meet my minimum specification -- I won't accept any tire that is more flat-prone than a car tire. However, they are much more than that. They also roll very easilyand are long lasting. I've had my set for 4 years and about 10,000 miles, and they are still fine.

The Nokians are a good compromise between rolling resistance and traction on snow and ice. They have carbide studs, but the tread isn't too extreme. They are not a "full on" winter tire; still my bike works much better on snow and ice than my car does -- that's good enough for me. Even though the Nokians only get used for a quarter of every year, they are showing some rubber wear at 4 years and 2,500 miles. This winter may be their last season. The carbide studs are still fine, though -- it is the casing that is wearing.

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700x23 - I spend most of my riding time on the road - and like to go fast!
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I have a couple of road bikes and a tandem.

My go-fast bike has 23mm higher performance Michelin tires but I only ride it in rural areas where I don't expect to find a lot of broken glass and the like.

My retro-grouch bike has 23mm Armadillo tires but, if they ever wear out, it's getting 25 or 28mm tires, probably Gatorskins. I don't ride very fast, expecially on this bike so I might as well go for a little more "cush".

My tandem uses either 25 or 28mm (I forget the size) Gatorskins. I love 'em.
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It might have been interesting to see the popularity of mixing sizes (e.g., 25 front / 28 rear)
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It might have been interesting to see the popularity of mixing sizes (e.g., 25 front / 28 rear)
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On my touring/cross bike I have Maxxis Overdrive 700 x 38, and they are set up tubeless. I'm very happy with them.
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I use 700x20's on my tri bike. Faster, but I notice one needs to be more cognazant of handling. Example=Rocks don't usually 'ping' out, bike tire actually kicks up & rolls sideways a slight distance. Also - I run them at 125+psi - they skid EASY! gotta watch corners and I touch brakes EASY.
Other road bikes I use 23's, then 28's on my cross bike.
I don't mix sizes.
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The used Trek I purchased came with 23's. I've always been uncomfortable with skinnie tires. A second set of wheels I purchased came with 25's. I really don't see much difference, but have remounted the tires so that I have the 23 on front and 25 on back. I do not expect to replace 23's with 23's. Think I would prefer 28's all around, but till I ride on 28's I can't say. Maybe by next year I'll actually wear out some existing rubber.
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My 650 x 23's weren't on the poll.....
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Bianchi: 700Cx28 Conti. Ultra 2000, but these are closer to 25mm in width
Capo: 700Cx28 Specialized Turbo w/ Armadillo Technology
UO-8: 27x1-3/8 (35mm) Schwinn knobbies (great for commuting and potholes)

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My 650 x 23's weren't on the poll.....
Neither was the neighbor's son's tricycle!
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