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    So, yeah… Vredestein Fortezzas…

    RIP my two month old Vredestein Fortezza. You were a great tire until I skidded right through you on the side of Lake Michigan this past Sunday. Sticky on pavement, able to hold 160psi, and sexy blue stripes – you were beautiful. I’ve replaced you with another, but I’ll never forget you - the original, my first.


    Yeah, I skidded through that sucker on Sunday doing some skids on the stepped concrete wall on the edge of Lake Michigan south of the Planetarium. Actually, I had three flats that day. I jinxed myself by saying I’ve never had a problem with a patch. I had a few problems. Three flats in under an hour. Then, when replacing the tire/tube last night I blew the damn thing off the side of the rim (don’t try to seat a tire in the dark…).


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    Hi,
    you can get another one from Perfomrance or Nashbar pretty cheap. And if you pump it up to a sane pressure it will stick around
    for about a year.

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    Skidmaster teadoggg's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by late
    Hi,
    you can get another one from Perfomrance or Nashbar pretty cheap. And if you pump it up to a sane pressure it will stick around
    for about a year.

    I just picked up a new one from the local Performance shop here in Chicago yesterday on sale for $25. I think I'm going to get another one tomororow.

    I love insane tire pressures. I've been skidding a lot lately (I recently got good at it) - that's why it wore out so quickly. That and the pavement I was skidding on this past Sunday was like a cheese grater.

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    dude, take a look at that tire and tell me ya think it's gonna last long thru that kinda use! just a few skids will start puttin bald spots on there right quick.

    good tire tho. @ nashbar: < $20 (no blues tho)
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    haha, yeah. I knew it wasn't going to last long.

    my stupidity gets better - i was running 48x16. One skid patch, baby!

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    You oughta get a cheap-o rear tire to skid on, but when you really just wanna ride (with some skidding, of course), put the new Vred on...
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    save the old ones for Josh....
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    use black ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by teadoggg
    I just picked up a new one from the local Performance shop here in Chicago yesterday on sale for $25. I think I'm going to get another one tomororow.

    I love insane tire pressures. I've been skidding a lot lately (I recently got good at it) - that's why it wore out so quickly. That and the pavement I was skidding on this past Sunday was like a cheese grater.
    yeah i saw that deal a last month. but hated the color. if they were black, i would have gotten a set.

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    i, too, destroyed a fortezza (black) in < 3 months. they are very soft tires. while that makes for a great ride and good grip, it doesn't help in the durability department. i wouldn't buy them again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shants
    i, too, destroyed a fortezza (black) in < 3 months. they are very soft tires. while that makes for a great ride and good grip, it doesn't help in the durability department. i wouldn't buy them again.
    well, until I can find something I like as much as this tire that last longer, I'm stickin' with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teadoggg
    RIP my two month old Vredestein Fortezza. You were a great tire until I skidded right through you on the side of Lake Michigan this past Sunday. Sticky on pavement, able to hold 160psi, and sexy blue stripes – you were beautiful. I’ve replaced you with another, but I’ll never forget you - the original, my first.


    Yeah, I skidded through that sucker on Sunday doing some skids on the stepped concrete wall on the edge of Lake Michigan south of the Planetarium. Actually, I had three flats that day. I jinxed myself by saying I’ve never had a problem with a patch. I had a few problems. Three flats in under an hour. Then, when replacing the tire/tube last night I blew the damn thing off the side of the rim (don’t try to seat a tire in the dark…).

    Nice wheelset!

    Why in the world are you running 160psi?

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    Thanks!

    I like the higher pressures. It's like riding on glass.

    (well, here in chicago very very very bumpy broken glass).

    but it feels super nice on the track.

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    I picked up 4 of them from Nashbar.com a few weeks ago when they were on sale for $16 each. I now have my next year's supply (and then some).

    BTW:Just checked their site. It seems they sold out of them.

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