i am also a break free fixed gear rider with some experience. i personally love the thickslick tires. they are durable thick and pretty puncture resistant. they have no tread on them which makes it far easier to make those last minute skids to slow down or stop. has helped me in more then one close call. but yes in reality brakes are the smartest even though i don't use them i still recommend them.
Thick Slicks are good for commuting. 100psi max
but really i'd probably never even try them, i think the logo is obnoxious. cause you know, looks are everything.
I ruin 115psi in my thick slick
I installed some Fyxation Session 700 tires last week and put about 60 miles on them so far. My route consists of new/old pavement, gravel, mud and some light off road trails without any issues. I should note that I donít skid stop really at all and rely mostly on brakes.
I know this might make me a weenie, but I got a really good deal on some Specialized Roubaix pro tires, 25/28's, and I've been using these for a few months and not a single flat thus far and they ride amazingly.
my vittoria randos have the double shielding in them. once you wear the initial thread down the red strip shows through. not sure if that is the point, or just happenstance but maybe that helps...
also, im thinking of going back to gatorskins from the rando, but the skid on the rando is WAY more forgiving and smooth. helps in a pinch for sure. only problem is, gators last a heck of a lot longer. any solid panaracer suggestions? besides tserv?
Have about 300 miles on a set of thick slick city elites and they have been great so far. Heavy as all hell but no flats which is great considering my pothole filled and glass littered commute to and from work.
Panaracer T-Serv is basically an all black Pasela TG.
Big fan of all the Paselas, they are a good compromise for road feel, price, weight and durability. You can usually find for $30 or less online even for the "T Serve Messengers". Had a pair of cream colored ones on my old bike for awhile and they held up pretty well too despite colored tires wearing quicker.
Armadillos ride like crap. Rondonneurs are super heavy. Gatorskins tend to be a little pricey but everyone loves them if you can find a deal.
The base Paselas with the gum wall are like $20 and look nice on a classic bike.