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    What is everyone's favorite road tires?

    I know what I like for commuter bikes with wider rims. For narrower race bike's tires; I am not so sure I've ever found ones I really like. I Sort of liked Specialized Armadillo, but they are so difficult to change. And rolling resistance is bad. I like durable tires that are flat resistant.

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    Whatever's on sale.

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    I prefer Vittoria Rubino Pro Slicks for a good all-around tire--- not for racing--- not for commuting. I find most brands to offer good flat protection when new.

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    I had a pair of Rubino's once. They got pretty thin after only 3000 miles. Felt them to not offer a long life. ? ?

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    maybe a question. For road tires, how many miles do we expect them to last. With my Armadillos, I expect close to 5000 miles. but, do I like the way they ride?

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    <---- Look over there.

    Rolling resistance suffers if you keeped them pumped down (whatever pressure to match rider and accessories weight) to reduce puncture flats, but there's no way to get a pinch flat with these tires unless you ride them with no air in them.

    They require no tools to mount and unmount, the caveat being you will need a tool if you use deep "V" rims for the valve extender if you need to unscrew the extender to use Tufo sealant. Of course, it's probably better to place sealant in the tire upon initial mounting to the rim.

    I've had lots of bad luck with these tires, when I foolishly pumped them to high pressures (i.e., 120 psi up to 175 psi) and much better flat resistance when pumped up to only 95 psi (appropriate for a 155 pound/70 kg rider with 28 pounds of extra weight from water bottles, saddle bag of junk, and CamelBak with more junk on a 17 pound bike.)

    I love the security of knowing that if I flat at high speed, the tire will go down slowly and it will stay on the rim even through a turn. This comes in handy during club rides. I have no fear when descending, but I've noticed others back way off.

    It can, if necessary, be ridden nearly flat over long distances (I've ridden one that had a puncture nearly too large to seal with the Tufo sealant for 10 miles.)

    As a spare for punctures that have no chance of sealing (for commuting to and from work) I carry an extra inner tube and a Michelin Pro2 Race folder in my CamelBak.
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    Michelin ProRace2. So with just under 2000 miles very littlel squaring off in the rear and the front still has that mold ridge down the middle (although very faintly).

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    Vredestein Fortezzas for clinchers and Tufo Jet specials for tubulars

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    Quote Originally Posted by filtersweep
    I prefer Vittoria Rubino Pro Slicks for a good all-around tire--- not for racing--- not for commuting. I find most brands to offer good flat protection when new.
    I like the Rubinos as well.

    I have a set of armadillos on my rain bike, but I think the rubinos are pretty close on flat prevention, and they're easy to put on. The armadillos are pretty tough to mount and dismount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev.Chuck
    Vredestein Fortezzas for clinchers and Tufo Jet specials for tubulars

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    I ran Fortezzas for a while and was real happy with them. Then I cut one beyond use, replaced it, and flatted the new one with about 15 miles on it, then cut it beyond use with less than 60 miles on it. Just bad luck? I've replace it with an Armadillo, but still have a Fortezza in the front, which I've never flatted.
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