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    Mud2's on asphalt

    Is it bad to run these tires on asphalt?
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    define bad

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    I have them on my TCX and ride off road only. When I want to ride on the road I swap them out for Vittoria Randonneur Cross tires.
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    The rubber is soft so the rear will wear quickly

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    For winter riding, I'll probably leave the Mud2s on, although Jets would probably be a better choice. I don't think you'd wear them out for this season, but maybe need to replace when races role around next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lithuania View Post
    define bad
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    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    The center knobs will wear fairly quickly on the back. And then they don't do so well in the mudd.
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    thanks - from the sounds of it I'd be better off swapping the tires during the week and putting on the 'cross tires for the weekend.

    anyone wanna get me a set of spare wheels?
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    Knobbies don't really track well on pavement and so can lead you into some trouble if you're used to the performance of road tires... Just another reason to do the swap-o-la.

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    I always struggle with this debate because I like to ride my bike to cyclocross practice, get in a good work out and ride home. The commute on pavement is about 8 miles round trip. I definitely notice a lot of wear so imo it's best not to ride them much on pavement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfmckenna View Post
    I always struggle with this debate because I like to ride my bike to cyclocross practice, get in a good work out and ride home. The commute on pavement is about 8 miles round trip. I definitely notice a lot of wear so imo it's best not to ride them much on pavement.
    This was the root of my question - it's a few miles to Lake Fairfax Park from my place and as much as I'd love to ride to the park, it sounds like I'd be better off driving or taking the bus. *sigh*
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    Yes, the pavement will wear the knobs faster, but if it's just a few miles on the pavement, then I say ride the bike. Tires are gonna wear out anyways.
    Last edited by funurdiesel; 10-28-09 at 01:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funurdiesel View Post
    Yes, the pavement will wear the knobs faster but, if it's just a few miles on the pavement then I say ride the bike. Tires are gonna wear out anyways.

    +1. If the question is not riding to CX practice or a trail, I would just suck it up and put on the miles. If you really like your muds and don't want to wear them, buy some cheapy semi-slicks for your mixed surface rides. If the ride will be entirely on surfaces not requiring the bite of the muds, then maybe go with a slick.

    That said, part of the magic of muds is that they are a softer sticker compound. They wear faster than some other cx tires out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    This was the root of my question - it's a few miles to Lake Fairfax Park from my place and as much as I'd love to ride to the park, it sounds like I'd be better off driving or taking the bus. *sigh*
    I don't think they'll wear that fast. I'd ride.
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    they don't wear that fast...they wear faster than other tires maybe but you aren't doing 100 mile rides on them...commuting on them during cross season should be fine right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfmckenna View Post
    I always struggle with this debate because I like to ride my bike to cyclocross practice, get in a good work out and ride home. The commute on pavement is about 8 miles round trip. I definitely notice a lot of wear so imo it's best not to ride them much on pavement.
    Just last night I was trying to explain to my wife why I need new cross tires. I've put around 700 miles on them in less than two seasons. Obviously, I could have avoided a lot of that. I'm going to have to be more judicious with the new ones.

    I'm thinking I need a messenger bag or backpack big enough to hold a pair of wheels.

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    Do you need Mud2 at Lake FFX? (Just curious). If not, ride your other set of tires (I assume they are more of a file thread) to the park.
    My local park is about 3-4 miles away and I bring along a hand pump. I lower the TP on my training tires (Maxxis Raze or Ritchey Speedmax) when I hit the park. Ride a few laps, trails, etc then pump them back up for the ride home.

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    Mud2's are all I have, unfortunately.

    Don't want to buy another set of tires until I figure out if I really want to stick with 'cross.
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    just make sure the mud2 are pumped up higher when you ride to the park and you will be fine.

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