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    Looking for smoother tread tires

    I have a 2013 Fuji Cross 3.0. The bike is great. I'm enjoying riding it every bit as much as I thought I would. However, one thing that perhaps could be improved is the tires. The stock tires (700x35) have a mild knobby pattern and cause a bit of a vibration during rides. Since I ride strictly on paved surfaces, I thought perhaps I would look into something with a smoother tread. I'm a clyde for sure (258 lbs.), so I should probably stick with something on the wide side, perhaps 32mm.

    Could anyone suggest a tire in that size range? I stopped by the LBS where I bought the bike during my lunch break, but they were pretty busy, and I didn't have time to wait for someone to get to me, so I could ask them, but browsing their tire stock, I didn't see anything that looked like a viable option for me (seemed like it was either monster truck sized MTB tires or 23mm roadies).

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    I highly recommend panaracer paella's with (or even better without) tour guard flat prevention. They are inexpensive ($20-$25 per tire) and available in a variety of sizes.

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    Bike shops sell bike tires some are smooth tread ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlanoFuji View Post
    I highly recommend panaracer paella's with (or even better without) tour guard flat prevention. They are inexpensive ($20-$25 per tire) and available in a variety of sizes.
    Do you think I would I have any problem if I stepped down to a 32?

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    Hi,

    There are loads of choices for 700C tyres, that will be better.

    FWIW if you think you never use your tyres again, and you won't
    move them on, turn your bike upside and sand off all the knobbles
    on the rear, concentrating on removing the knobbles and not the
    tread that you want, leaving a a trace of the knobbles is not really
    a problem. Swap front to rear and repeat.

    If you do that any trace of the knobbles will wear way on the rear
    much quicker, but give you a little more grip on the front. When
    the rear is worn out move the front to rear, new 35mm front.
    Repeat rear worn out, front to rear, new tyre on the front.

    Run the front about 15% less pressure than the rear.
    Run the right tyre pressures for your weight and tyre size.

    rgds, sreten.
    Last edited by sreten; 09-12-13 at 01:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geek.Verve View Post
    Do you think I would I have any problem if I stepped down to a 32?
    Not necessarily, but there really isn't any need to go down in size. The weight savings is extremely minor (a couple of ounces). Also, the smaller tire will need to be at a higher pressure (and given your weight, potentially near its max). The larger tire will need a lower percentage from max pressure and would be more comfortable. The closer a tire is to maximum pressure the slower you will be on it, the more susceptible it will be to flats, and other concerns.

    If it were me I would keep at least the 35c and probably go to 38c tires or even wider.

    Despite the myths, wider tires are not necessarily slower or require more effort for the same speed. There is even evidence of the exact opposite, though that is mostly controlled by how supple or flexible the tires are and that they be used at pressures well below their rated max.

    The psaela tires are mentioned have a very good reputation (one of the best for inexpensive tires) and I think you would be very happy with them.

    Here is one source for your current size; http://www.amazon.com/Panaracer-Pase...naracer+pasela

    BTW, I got the name wrong in my previous post, they are paselas

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    They do wear down after a couple thousand miles.
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    you'd be fine on 28s
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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    you'd be fine on 28s
    Not likely. According to the data in the Bike Quarterly article;http://www.bikequarterly.com/images/TireDrop.pdf

    With the OP weight of 258 pounds and say a 25 pound bike weight for a total of 283 pounds. The rear wheel would take about 55% of that weight or about 156 pounds.

    A 37mm tire would need about 70 psi, A 32mm tire would need about 90 psi, and a 28mm tire would need about 115 psi.

    90psi is near the max (95psi) on my 32mm tires and 115psi is above the max (110psi) on my 28mm tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sreten View Post
    Hi,


    If you do that any trace of the knobbles will wear way on the rear
    much quicker, but give you a little more grip on the front.
    Knobbies actually give LESS grip on pavement. Known fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
    Knobbies actually give LESS grip on pavement. Known fact.

    Hi,

    I am well aware aware of that fact. Slicks give best grip on tarmac.
    However in adverse conditions some tread in better than slicks
    before it all goes pear shaped, and its better IMO to have a bit
    more tread on the front than the rear, how I run my bikes.

    Also why a new tyre goes on the front, old front on the back.

    e.g. I have a near slick 30mm rear and a semi slick 32mm front
    on my road bike. Near slick on the rear makes it easier to judge
    tyre wear without compromising grip or rolling to any real extent.

    The front being bigger has more suspension and grip, but being
    semi slick not as much grip as a near slick. That does not matter to
    me as I don't explore the grip limits of my tyres in good conditions.

    However in adverse conditions my front tyre will have more grip
    than than running a slicker front tyre, and that is what I meant.

    Its a safety measure for poor conditions, where you really do
    want more grip on the front than the rear, according to most.

    rgds, sreten.

    A trace of the knobbles left will still trounce knobbles,
    and the rear will wear to a near slick quite quickly.
    Last edited by sreten; 09-12-13 at 03:28 PM.

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    Ummmmmmm OOOOOOOOKAAAAAAAYYYYYY. Bicycles do not hydroplane, and the OP said he rides exclusively on pavement. So, um, yeah.

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    I run these: http://www.compasscycle.com/tires_gb_700_32.html

    They are expensive, but man are they fast and comfortable. I'm nowhere near your size, but I still pick these tires over 23-28's because of the comfort. They are just as fast as 23's and this is due to the superior quality material and the fact that they are about the same weight as 23's. I've been running them for about a year now and they show little wear and I've yet to get a flat.
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    Specialized Nimbus tires might be a good choice for you:

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/ftb...e-tires/nimbus

    Available in 28, 32, 35 and 38 widths.

    I've put them on a couple of bikes. Very happy with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
    So, um, yeah.


    Geek.Verve: see what your local shops have in stock. Every major brand makes a commuting tire that will work for you. Most are available in 700x35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlanoFuji View Post
    Not likely. According to the data in the Bike Quarterly article;http://www.bikequarterly.com/images/TireDrop.pdf

    With the OP weight of 258 pounds and say a 25 pound bike weight for a total of 283 pounds. The rear wheel would take about 55% of that weight or about 156 pounds.

    A 37mm tire would need about 70 psi, A 32mm tire would need about 90 psi, and a 28mm tire would need about 115 psi.

    90psi is near the max (95psi) on my 32mm tires and 115psi is above the max (110psi) on my 28mm tires.
    Hmmm... OK, interesting STATs. I only suggested the 28s cuz I'm 225 and rode 28s for like forever and recently went down to 23s and don't even notice a difference. Those 28s were workhorses for me and I still have them on a few bikes, just cuz it's expensive to retire all my bikes. I have 1 new bike with 23s and they are fine for me at 225 lbs plus 10#s in a rear rack.
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    I have been pleased with Michelin City Tires, same size as the OP requested.
    YMMV
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