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    Question about skidable tires??

    Hello all,

    I've een riding fixed for a few weeks now. Love it, love it. I was sadden this evening when my back tire went "POP". Now I'm in need of replacing. I was wondering if any of you have any good recommendations on some solid tires to invest for the daily skid fest. Any insight would be grand. Thank you.

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    I like the Soma Everwears for skidding....they hold up and they have decent grip but are slick enough to skid easily enough.
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    everyone has their favorite (and will tell you all about it).

    mine is bontrager race lite hardcases. they're durable as ****-- you can skid them forever, they won't go flat from debris or glass and hold the ground nicely at angles. there are other bontrager hardcases, but the race lite are awesome.

    http://bontrager.com/technology/hardcase/

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    Quote Originally Posted by louderthangod View Post
    Soma Everwears... are slick enough to skid easily enough.
    hrm.
    isn't the idea not to be slick? last time i checked, i skid to stop...
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    tires are key, but make sure you're not skidding on 3 patches all day

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    8 skid patches plus specialized armadillo elite tires work fine for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
    everyone has their favorite (and will tell you all about it).

    mine is bontrager race lite hardcases. they're durable as ****-- you can skid them forever, they won't go flat from debris or glass and hold the ground nicely at angles. there are other bontrager hardcases, but the race lite are awesome.

    http://bontrager.com/technology/hardcase/

    bulletproof, period.



    hrm.
    isn't the idea not to be slick? last time i checked, i skid to stop...
    ...

    Slick tires offer more grip than ones with tread on pavement. Guess why.
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    you should check your tire for excessive wear so you don't "POP" again.

    I would say, along with many other, Gatorskins by Continental. And there's no reason why you have to skid the sh*t out of your tires besides messing around. Anyways^

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
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    Slick tires offer more grip than ones with tread on pavement. Guess why.
    Yeah except he used the word slick to mean slippery, not to describe the tread pattern.
    Last edited by SheistyMike; 08-12-08 at 10:02 PM.

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    Continental Competition tubulars. $weet $kidding.

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    i like continental home trainers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
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    Slick tires offer more grip than ones with tread on pavement. Guess why.
    we're not talking about tread, bro.

    grippy compound > slick compound

    hardcases don't have tread.
    Quote Originally Posted by bonechilling View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ride Among Us View Post
    i like continental home trainers.
    aren't those terrible for out side use? I'm confused.

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    Sorry to ask a question in your thread but my front tire got punctured tonight (obviously not from skidding.)

    If you guys had the choice of Ultra Gatorskin or a Grand Bois what would you suggest? I'm leaning towards the UG only because the bike shop that i would buy it from is like a 2 minute walk from my house and i would have to drive out to get the GBs.

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    drive ? ?

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    Well i mean it's not a walkable distance from my house and i obviously can't bike there =p

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    Gatorskin up front, Randonnuer in the back.
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    Word, i'll keep the back tire in mind.

    But sweet that you recommend the Gatorskin. It's closer and cheaper ~

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    I seem to remember burning through some of these pretty fast Also, chunks would come off because the center piece wasn't connected with the rest of the tire, its glued on or something.

    But as far as these went as a tire... they are great tires. I did a century on them and rode them two-from work for a few months before converting my bike to a fixed gear and proceeding to **** the living daylights out of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beeftech View Post
    aren't those terrible for out side use? I'm confused.
    If you want to skid(lose traction and lock up back wheel) then you pick a tire with poor road grip. Trainer tires are perfect for this as they are made of a harder rubber compound so they don't wear out so fast on a trainer.

    Of course, using such a tire means cornering can be a bit sketchy.


    Just buy a case of cheap tires from Performance or Nashbar.

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    What Gear Ratio you running?
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    i jam my thumbs up and back into the tubes. this way i can point my fingers straight out in front to split the wind and attain an even more aero profile, and the usual fixed gear - zen - connectedness feeling through the drivetrain is multiplied ten fold because my thumbs become one with the tubing.
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    Being an ambidextrous skidder can also make a difference

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    Quote Originally Posted by 04jtb View Post
    What Gear Ratio you running?
    46 and 19

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    Thank you all for the feedback, much appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pompadork View Post
    Well i mean it's not a walkable distance from my house and i obviously can't bike there =p
    Patching/swapping the tube will get you to the shop unless it was a truly catastrophic puncture.

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