Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Columbus, OH
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Looking for some ballsy cross tires for Fall/Winter
Not sure if this is the forum to ask in, and if not, I'm sorry in advance.
I don't know anything about Cyclocross tires, and I currently ride 23's on my touring bike (I do not, however, use it for touring, it's just my only bike).
I live downtown Chicago, and I really want to make good use of the Fall and Winter for cycling, i.e., I want to be able to deal with snow, leaves, mud, gravel, sand, crushed limestone (I'm thinking about going on the IPP for some rides) etc. So, I'm assuming I'm looking for cross tires? The catch is that I would still like to be reasonably fast on the streets. I wouldn't necessarily be looking for trouble, but there seems a few off-road (unpaved) trails that would be fun to explore.
After some research, I'm looking at 32's, my touring bike has plenty of tire clearance, and it has canti-brakes.
I'm running Open Pro/Ultegra clinchers, and my wheels already seem pretty bomb-proof.
Weight isn't an issue, but price is. I'm looking for something around the 20 dollars/tire range, and don't want much over 30 dollars/tire. There is still a lot of winter/cycling compatible clothing to buy.
Performance has Vittoria Randonneur Cross Tire's for the right price, are these any good?
Seems like the Mud's might be overkill, although the Jets look about right, any other recommendations?