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    Agree with Stapfam on the spoke tension, and that would get new Velotape on the rims. Sand will be tough with road bike width tires.
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    I Have New Tires

    Thank you all for your recommendations and help. I decided to buy Continental Gatorskin 700x25 tires. I mounted them today and have a question:

    My front wheel was replaced a while back when the original was bent in an accident. The new wheel is a 622-14 and the new tire mounted without much trouble. The rear wheel is the original and is a 622-13. I had a lot of trouble mounting the tire and it fits much tighter than the front. Is this anything to be concerned about?

    Thanks, Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by teachme View Post
    I ride on Bontrager Racelite Hard-case 25's. They provide a smooth ride, and are very puncture resistant.
    Even the lowly Bontrager Select-B has superb puncture resistance. I've ridden them the last two seasons with all kinds of small lacerations in them but didnt flat, they are starting to get a bit thin and squared off now.

    My only complaint with the Select-B in 25mm is they feel heavier than what I was previously used to. This year I'm going with Michelin Krylion Carbon in 23mm. I gotta have something a bit more responsive this year.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    It's all about puncture resistance to me. I hate getting flats. 2 tyres I've had some success with, long-lasting and pretty puncture resistant are Maxxis Refuse and Michelin Krylion's. I don't know if you'd race with them, but they've done the job for me. I've had the Krylions on for 8 or more months now and haven't had a flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgreen1939 View Post
    Thank you all for your recommendations and help. I decided to buy Continental Gatorskin 700x25 tires. I mounted them today and have a question:

    My front wheel was replaced a while back when the original was bent in an accident. The new wheel is a 622-14 and the new tire mounted without much trouble. The rear wheel is the original and is a 622-13. I had a lot of trouble mounting the tire and it fits much tighter than the front. Is this anything to be concerned about?

    Thanks, Bob
    IMHO, no. The difference in rim width (13 vs. 14 mm) is a moot point and proper for a 25 mm tire. There can be a slight difference in the bead area and just a little difference can make a huge difference when installing a tire.


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    The gators can be pretty tight when you first mount them. Usually after they've been on for a while, at pressure, they are easier to remount.

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    Agree on the Maxxis ReFuse tires.
    5,600 miles on Maxxises this year with only ONE puncture between single and our tandem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter01 View Post
    It's all about puncture resistance to me. I hate getting flats. 2 tyres I've had some success with, long-lasting and pretty puncture resistant are Maxxis Refuse and Michelin Krylion's. I don't know if you'd race with them, but they've done the job for me. I've had the Krylions on for 8 or more months now and haven't had a flat.
    Krylions were supposed to have a light and fast feel to them from what I understand. Last year someone posted a rolling resistance study with graph and it showed the Krylion right up in the top tier of sport/training/racing tire.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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