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Old 03-08-09, 03:06 PM   #1
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Newbie needs some help with tires

Hi,

I've been riding my 08 Poprad for about half a year now, and its stock tires are dangerously thin. What kind of tires should I get to replace them?

How I ride:
Casual rides, usually 4-5 a week at 20-30 miles each. I'm often on pavement, but I love diving onto fire trails or single track when I can, so I definitely want a tire that can handle some (albeit minor) abuse.

I'm also training for RAGBRAI this summer (~450 miles). This will be all highway and street riding, so I'm thinking that I should also invest in slicks and get used to riding them early in the season.

I'm still a novice cyclist and am not really sure where to start. Thanks in advance for any tips or recommendations.

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What size are your tires?
Do you like the tires you have now?
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Panaracer Pasela TG 700x35c
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Hi,
I've been riding my 08 Poprad for about half a year now, and its stock tires are dangerously thin.
What makes you say that? I ride on 700x28 slicks, and they can handle dirt trails, gravel trails, cobblestone just fine. Not that I like to ride on those surfaces as it's awfully rough on my arms on a rigid bike, but it works fine.

If you already have 700x35, can you even fit fatter tires in the frame/fork? Have you tried lowering the pressure a bit? That will give you a softer ride and more grip off-pavement.
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Old 03-08-09, 09:32 PM   #5
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How about getting a second wheelset to put a set of cross tires on? Something like Mavic Open Pro can be picked up quite cheaply. I've seen them on here for $100. You can a new set from some online retailers for $150-200. Might be able to find some other wheels on craigslist pretty cheaply also.
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Ritchey Speedmax on the offroad end, any touring tire, like the pasela mentioned above, if road is more of a priority.
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