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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

View Poll Results: How wide are your tires?
smaller 1 0.69%
21c 2 1.39%
23c 83 57.64%
25c 35 24.31%
bigger 28 19.44%
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Old 09-08-05, 12:16 PM   #1
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How You Roll: Tire Width

Random, I know. But I'm bored at work, and a little curious about what people are rolling on... especially "urban" riders (i.e. big city bikers).
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Old 09-08-05, 12:19 PM   #2
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(kinda) hard and (fairly) skinny. 23's at ~105.

[oh. now there's a poll.]

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Old 09-08-05, 12:23 PM   #3
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Is Cincinnati a big city? I don't know, but 23's are on the fix and 20's are on the road bike.
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Old 09-08-05, 12:23 PM   #4
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cheapo 28s, they're perfect.
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Old 09-08-05, 12:30 PM   #5
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Vittoria Rubino Pros 23C at 120 PSI have been nice to me so far, but they really suck compared to the 35C Michelin World Tours on my old town bike!
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Old 09-08-05, 12:37 PM   #6
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23c Rubinos, 23c Gatorskins, or 23c michelin pro race, depending on the bike. All at 115psi.

I've seen articles saying that if you weigh over 175lbs you shouldn't ride less than a 25c...
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Old 09-08-05, 12:39 PM   #7
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23 and 25 vittoria rubinos. 125psi
23 vredestein fortezza. 160psi
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Old 09-08-05, 12:42 PM   #8
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28 mm Panaracer Paselas 110psi
37mm Conti TTs 80psi
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Old 09-08-05, 12:45 PM   #9
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23c but I've been thinking I should move up to 25's.
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Old 09-08-05, 12:52 PM   #10
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22c vredestein fortezza's @ 130 psi on the iro.
continental attack/force 22c/23c @120 psi on the guerciotti and bianchi.
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Old 09-08-05, 01:00 PM   #11
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21c tubulars
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Old 09-08-05, 01:06 PM   #12
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27x1 1/8" on the primary fixie, 700x23 front, 700x25 on the rear on the other fixie, which is seldom ridden.
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Old 09-08-05, 01:21 PM   #13
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23s on both road and fixed
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Old 09-08-05, 01:22 PM   #14
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23c in the front, 27x1 1/8 in the back. She's not pretty, but some day I will get a new rear wheel.
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Old 09-08-05, 01:29 PM   #15
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I used to ride only 23c's until my little accident back in March. Got a little paranoid about my front tire slipping through a bridge again so I moved up to 25c's on Gatorskins for an even bigger feel.

Lately though, the ride has been feeling sucky and I flatted my second rear Gatorskin this year (way too much big glass and metal floating around Chicago - any tire would eat it) and so I threw on an old-ish Vredestein Fortezza on the front (23c) that I had around from when I loved them to death (props to isotope for introducing me to those). The nice gatorskin is on the back, the Vredestein up front. 25c and 23c respectively. It's odd but the ride felt instantly better as soon as I did so, thus serving up a good compromise between flat protection and a nice feel on the ride.

And I'm real careful about those bridges, opting for a sidewalk whenever possible.

I've been debating new tires of late: either some Michelin Megamium's or some Conti Grand Prix's. Though I've been liking the combo above for the streets.

Edit: 120psi on the Gatorskin, 145psi on the Fortezza.
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Old 09-08-05, 01:40 PM   #16
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21c conti tubular tyres pumped up as high as they go.
21c tufo tubeless clinchers, ~140psi.
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21c conti tubular tyres pumped up as high as they go.
21c tufo tubeless clinchers, ~140psi.
drac_vamp - would you care to provide a bit of a review on those tufo tubeless clinchers? I'm dead curious.
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Old 09-08-05, 02:15 PM   #18
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Hutchison Carbon Comp in front, Specialized All Conditions Pro in back, both 700x23, both at 120psi.
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25 on both my road bike and my track bike - I have computer harnesses on both bikes so I can swap the computer in seconds and it remains accurate. I find this to be a good width, as I am not a competitive cyclist and don't always ride on the smoothest streets. I weigh 150 and pump em up to 100, but will ride em down to 50psi before I reinflate. Never had a pinch flat.
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Old 09-08-05, 03:19 PM   #20
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23's came with my bike, and I think I'll stay with them. I just have to make sure I get them aired up or I'll pinch flat going up curbs.
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Old 09-08-05, 09:27 PM   #21
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I usually ride 25's because that's what I pull the most of out of the shop dumpster.
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Old 09-08-05, 10:02 PM   #22
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700x23 @140psi
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Old 09-08-05, 10:06 PM   #23
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I run some Nashbar bargain tires at the moment. I seem to be wearing the crap outta the back tire though.

They're 700x25, and I inflate at around 100-110.
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I run 25c Vredestein Volantes b/c I love the gum sidewall and I seem to have a penchant for hitting big bumps so I'll take what air cushion I can get without sacrificing very much performance. All in all, great tires, 500 miles no flats.... *knock on wood*
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Gatorskin 25's at 80 psi on both bikes, so far no problems. They will slide out on a slick grate if you're turning while rolling across one, but grab again when the tire meets cement again.
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