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Old 07-25-11, 05:08 PM   #1
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Is this a decent tire?

I plan on getting some 28mm tires to put on my hybrid that currently has 38mm tires on it. I have 28-32mm tubes. The guy at the LBS said they would work fine on my 38mm tires, and also on 28mm tires for when I get new ones in the future. I plan on getting them at the end of next month.

Are these decent tires?

Also, I have enough money to purchase one of the above tires at the moment. Would it be okay to buy one, run it in the front and then buy another one in a month to run on the rear?
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Good tires. Are your rims narrow enough?
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Good tires. Are your rims narrow enough?
I believe so.
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Old 07-25-11, 05:21 PM   #4
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Here is all the info I have on my rims.

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622x16 is a very narrow rim. You can run 28c no problem.
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622x16 is a very narrow rim. You can run 28c no problem.
How narrow can I go?
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I don't think it makes sense to go narrower than 28 on that bike.
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I don't think it makes sense to go narrower than 28 on that bike.
I didn't think so. I wanted color on my tires, but colored Serfas Seca tires are only available in 23mm (NO WAY AM I USING 23MM) and 25mm (I probably don't want to use 25mm either).. I would likely just go for black and 28mm.

Edit: Also, if I did go with 25mm tires, could I use my 28-32mm tubes on them?
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I ended up getting two of them in black, 700x28c. I think this is the narrowest I should go. I also have the tubes for them, so that is a plus. I have an amazon plus account, so I got free two day shipping. Amazon said I will have them by the 28th of July.
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Amazon actually screwed up the order.. It selected a 23mm tire instead of a 28mm. So I cancelled it, and I'm buying directly from Serfas... $10 3-7 day shipping ... But I'll actually get what I want! I'm ordering it in black/grey. I'll post some pics of the installed tires once they arrive.
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I have them in 28's Blue.
You should be real happy with them.

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You should be real happy with them.

Thanks! How many miles do you have on them? How many miles do you expect out of them? I really can't wait for mine to arrive!
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Thanks! How many miles do you have on them? How many miles do you expect out of them? I really can't wait for mine to arrive!
I found them on sale for $9.99 bought 12 of them.

4,000 miles on the front tire with no flats.

First rear tire got cut bad at 1600 miles. Had to replace it.
The casing was cut and the tire bulged out.

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I am able to install them without any levers.
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Did you believe it to be the fault of the tire or your riding conditions? There is hardly any glass or sharp objects on the paved MUPs around here... They are pretty clean. Though there is a lot of sand on my favorite MUP here... Do you believe that sand could damage the tire casing?
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I just received my new tires. They ride really well. The ride is a little bit harsher because they are narrower tires at 130psi (vs my old wider tires at 80psi). Based off of a 12 mile ride that I just did, I can say the following: I am able to go 14-16mph on my new tires in places where I could do 12-14mph on my old tires. And I'm able to do 10mph on the new tires when I would have been able to do 6mph on my old tires (when climbing a hill). I'm tempted to go back up to Boulder, CO just to do the 1.3mi hill with a descent of 450ft. On my old tires, I hit 41mph on that hill. I wonder how fast I'd be able to go with my new tires.

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I was just looking back on this thread to get a feel for how many miles I have on my tires. It's probably around 1500. But here's the problem--my rear tire is pretty badly cut up (just the rubber, not the entire casing) and Performance is having a HUGE sale right now. I'm going to go there tomorrow after my bike ride and see what they have. How am I going to get a wire bead tire home on my bike? It's about 1.5-2 miles to Performance from my house... I called to see what they have, and because I am in the middle of adding white accents to my bike, I asked about white or white and black tires. They have a Vittoria Zaffiro tire in my price range. I'm not thrilled with that tire because it has no puncture protection and is only 26tpi. I asked about what they have with puncture protection. They have the Forté Pro+ tire, but they only have it in grey/black. I am also going with 25c tires this time. Which tire would you choose? The Forté tire with puncture protection or the Vittoria with zero puncture protection? I'll check them out tomorrow at the store, but I'm pretty sure I am correct on the models of the tires. If I am wrong and the Vittoria does have puncture protection, then I will buy it.

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Probably the Forte but the reviews aren't very promising for puncture resistance. The Serfas Seca is supposed to have decent puncture resistance so I wouldn't go for lesser protection if yours were cut up. If you have to get a white tire I'd go for GP4000/GP4000s. I personally like Gatorskins or Gator Hardshells. Most 700x25 tires are made in folding versions which are much easier to transport than wire beads.

BTW, you shouldn't have to run more than 90-100psi in 28c tires. I inflate my tires until there's a small amount of deflection loaded down.

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Probably the Forte but the reviews aren't very promising for puncture resistance. The Serfas Seca is supposed to have decent puncture resistance so I wouldn't go for lesser protection if yours were cut up. If you have to get a white tire I'd go for GP4000/GP4000s. I personally like Gatorskins or Gator Hardshells. You should be able to wear wire bead tires like a messenger bag.

BTW, you shouldn't have to run more than 90-100psi in 28c tires. I inflate my tires until there's a small amount of deflection loaded down.
I normally do about 100 in the front and 110 in the rear on my 28s. I'm headed to Performance very soon to look at the tires. Ended up not going on a ride today because it is very cold.

To achieve the same amount of rolling resistance and deflection that my 28's have , what kind of pressures can I expect to need on the 25s? 110 in the front and 120 in the rear?
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I ended up getting the Vittorias. They are nice looking tires and they were cheap. I also got puncture resistent presta tubes to go with it. Those tubes are THICK! I'm headed back now, because I want some spare tubes and they're on sale. I also want some new brake pads. I got a new pair of pads for the front when I got the tires and I just installed them. BOY DO THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE! They have a much better bite than the old ones. I'll get the same pair for the rear. It was a challenge getting home with the tires on my body, but I was able to do it! Cars were giving me tons of space on my way back. I guess its because it looked like I was having a tough time...
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I originally went with the Serfas Seca in 28MM when I took off the 35MM SLUGS on my 2008 Specialized Globe.
What I didn't like about them is I was constantly getting small rocks imbedded in the front (thunk, thunk....) and had to constantly reach down to brush them off.
After about 2 weeks of that I got the cheapest (then) 26C's from BIKETIRESDIRECT.com.

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I have absolutely no complaints with them and they are "slightly" faster/nimble than the Serfas.
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