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    ~32C Tires for Road & Dirt

    Have an All City Mr. Pink on Velocity A23s. I want to play in the dirt a bit and my 25C GP4000S aren't going to cut it.

    I have clearance for 32C tires, especially since the 23mm rims will make the tire a bit wider than advertised.

    Most of my riding will be road riding, so I want tires that will still be comfortable on the road, but still give me some extra padding and grip offroad.

    My first thought was Panaracer Pasela TG as a good all around tire but I wanted to check other options.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Define "dirt."

    Do you mean hardpack? Fine gravel? Mud? Gravel and dirt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe View Post
    Define "dirt."

    Do you mean hardpack? Fine gravel? Mud? Gravel and dirt?
    I meant to elaborate on that in the post, sorry.

    Mostly hardpack, maybe some looser dirt. Stuff that I wouldn't NEED a MTB to ride on, but would be bad on skinny slick road tires.
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    ...Anybody?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddeadserious View Post
    ...Anybody?
    I've used Paselas quite a bit on dirt and gravel roads, and ridden the same tires on a paved century. I like them a lot--I've probably had four or five sets. Get the TGs, with the Kevlar belt. I ride 37mm when I can find them, but I weigh 240.
    You might also look at Schwalbe, maybe a Big Ben or Little Ben. Next time I re-tire, I think I'm going to try Little Bens.

    EDIT: probably should mention that I've had a couple of sidewalk cuts from sharp rocks, but it was in a situation where I think nearly any lightweight tire would have failed. I saw the rocks, had doubts and went ahead. Pfffft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Dog View Post
    I've used Paselas quite a bit on dirt and gravel roads, and ridden the same tires on a paved century. I like them a lot--I've probably had four or five sets. Get the TGs, with the Kevlar belt. I ride 37mm when I can find them, but I weigh 240.
    You might also look at Schwalbe, maybe a Big Ben or Little Ben. Next time I re-tire, I think I'm going to try Little Bens.

    EDIT: probably should mention that I've had a couple of sidewalk cuts from sharp rocks, but it was in a situation where I think nearly any lightweight tire would have failed. I saw the rocks, had doubts and went ahead. Pfffft.
    I'm about 230 but unfortunately, I don't think 37s will fit for me

    I'll check out the big/little Ben but am leaning toward the Tourguards. I run them on my fixed gear and I like them, I just wanted to check other options..

    Thanks!
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    for something a little faster but (possibly) less puncture-proof, look at grand bois cypres. amazing tires.
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    On dry gravel and dry well packed earth a knobby tread is not always needed and a wide slick is safe to use. If the gravel is wet, smaller knobs are good to have. If the earth trail is wet, a cyclist will need large block knobs and these roll very slowly on firm surfaces.

    Vittoria Voyager Hyper: http://www.vittoria.com/product/touring/
    150tpi, slick tread, flat protection.

    Vittoria Cross XN Pro: http://www.vittoria.com/en/product/c...s/#product-118
    150tpi, File tread

    Panaracer Pasela: http://www.panaracer.com/urban.php
    66 TPI, touring tread with tan sidewalls

    Kenda Happy Medium: http://www.kendausa.com/en/home/bicy...py-medium.aspx
    120 TPI, Diamond center section with knobby shoulder

    Kenda Small Block 8: http://www.kendausa.com/en/home/bicy...ock-eight.aspx
    120 TPI, small block tread

    Clement LAX clincer: http://clementcycling.com/88/las-clincher
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    Challenge Grifo XS 32 Open: http://www.challengetech.it/products...xs-open-020/en
    260 TPI, File tread

    Challenge L'Eroica: http://www.challengetech.it/products/road/eroica-027/en
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    Pasela T-Serv seems like a safe bet. Lighter and with few complaints about the sidewalls compared to the TG. I like to ride on the dirt but recently put Rubino 28s on my bike and it feels wussified now. Pretty sure Panaracer makes all the retro-french tires.
    Last edited by Clem von Jones; 08-13-13 at 07:47 AM.

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    I've had bad luck with Paselas so I stopped using them years ago. I've got some Clement LAS that I like quite a bit and the Vittoria Cross XN that I had before were nearly as nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddeadserious View Post
    ...Anybody?
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/CONTINENTAL-...item4857e9aae4

    Hi,

    The above are on sale at the moment as as mk2 has been released.

    On the road pumped up they will roll well mainly on the slick centre section.

    Off road let down a little the contact patch will include more of the tread.

    Run the rear harder than the front.

    Puncture protection and reflective sidewalls are good.

    rgds, sreten.

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