Cross country tire
My son is doing a PACtour, 30 day cross country trip, this summer. It is a supported tour so he will be on a road bike.
Last summer he was on an unsupported cross country trip on a touring bike on Schwalbe Supreme tires (700 x 35). One flat in 3,000 miles - a big hit.
I am looking for tire recommendations for the road bike. It will be mostly paved roads. I'm guessing we want something 700 x 25.
Any recommendations for this extended trip are greatly appreciated.
I've had good luck so far this year with a set of 25mm Conti Gatorskins. I've had 2 flats, bot unrelated to the tires, first a valve failed and then i pinched the replacement tube >.<
Low rolling resistance, good grip, comfortable ride and easy to install/remove(on CXP-33 rims at least) and not overly expensive, I'd recommend them for anyone :-)
there's a post here about shopping for long distance tires. hmm. right over here. of course, here are some search results for 'tires' in the long distance forum.
I'm doing the same PacTour this summer. I'm going to be running 25c gatorskins for the ride.
gatorskins seem a bit overkill for this type of riding - esp fully supported.
i'm a fan of the conti gp 4 seasons - they are a bit softer than the gatorskins (from my experience) and roll a bit smoother. still plenty tough - as i ride gravel, dirt, and pavement here in VT.
I did a cross country ride with America by Bicycle in 2007, using Specialized Armadillo Elite 23's -- had only one flat -- and I've never used anything else since. Well, I take that back -- I'm using their 25's on my rando bike. Great tires.