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Old 01-21-08, 07:14 AM   #1
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Tyre ecomomics - kilometers per unit cost

I was wondering if it's worth investigating more expensive tyres if the idea is to save money in the long run. I'm a utility cyclist and don't get many punctures so I'm most interested in in how long I get until the rubber has worn away to reveal the layer-of-whatever beneath. My bike is a heavy Dutch thing with panniers (so I use it to carry heavy loads of shopping) and the rear tyre wears much faster than the front. Which tyres do you think offer the best ratio between kilometers (on road) versus cost?

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specialized armadillos work for me - but that's mostly due to almost never getting punctures (one or two a year, if that)...

...and, yes, I too ride my tyres down to the canvas/kevlar/stuff

edit - no idea what the mileage is like but it's a lot before they wear out
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Thanks

I also found this thread where they're trying to answer the same question: Longest lasting tire for the money

Some say that el-cheapo tyres are the way to go; others not.
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I'm gonna go on the record as saying there is no way a $60 tire last ten times as long as a $6 tire. Maybe twice as long, at best.

Cheap tires tend to come apart before they get worn out, but not that fast. And the two tires I've had sudden bead failure on were a $50 tire and a $95 tire.

I run tires at the $60 end of things, but that's because I think cheap tires make my bike corner like a shopping cart. If you don't care about this, there are serviceable tires around for under ten bucks.
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I ride 27" tires and I used to buy $10 nylon tires, but at about 1500 miles, I started getting flats every week. Eventually, the side of the tire just tore out. I replaced it with the same kind of tire and it failed at 800 miles. That's when I spent $40 on a Specialized Armadillo. I've put over 5000 miles on it without a single flat. It still appears to have plenty of rubber on it.
I do use a nylon tire with a puncture strip on the front since it takes less abuse.
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