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Old 12-05-08, 04:48 PM   #1
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NYCers what tires are you running?

i've had just about enough of these stock Kendas from my Kilo. Had 3 flats already.

What do you guys recommend?
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Old 12-05-08, 04:53 PM   #2
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continental gatorskins...

im getting some soon... i hate my kendas too...
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Old 12-05-08, 05:02 PM   #3
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randonneurs

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Old 12-05-08, 05:15 PM   #4
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gators 25 or 28
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Old 12-05-08, 05:16 PM   #5
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i run a armadillo (25c) on the back currently, but looking to move to a 23c gatorskin (which will be a little lighter).
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Old 12-05-08, 05:25 PM   #6
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I think for a city a Soma Everwear tire would be best. 5mm thick, so skids aren't a problem and punctures are gonna be very hard to get
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so im guessing gatorskins are the consensus pick. thanks.
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Old 12-05-08, 08:32 PM   #9
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Yeah pretty much.
They take mad abuse.
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Currently Vitt Diamante Pro front and Conti GP4000s rear. Torelli Torinos in the spring. None of these will stand up to abuse though. I run a front brake and use my bike as a winter trainer for crit season. Michellin Krylions if you can find them stand up well to skids and wear as well as gatorskins IME.
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I go with the bontrager race-lites. Also tough as hell. Never tried the gatorskins though-- anyone care to compare the two?
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conti ultrasports are a cheap alternative to gatorskins, nearly as tough. I got wire bead ultrasports for $10 a tire not long back. Ride quality is pretty rubbish though, but there's a LOT of rubber to be gone through. Gatorskins can be had for $20/tire if you wait for the right sales, otherwise expect more like $40-$45/tire.
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Gatorskins go on sale for $20 you send out a forum-wide alert!
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They're 20 bucks at PBK, but out of stock, of course.
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because apparently NYC has different pavement than the rest of the country

certainly it matters what city you ride in to determine if your tire choice is quality
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randonneurs
agreed. their better than gator skins
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If you ride a lot in the rain and slop go for the GP 4 Seasons WITH Vectran; they have a much better grip than the Gatorskins, and very good flat resistance. Just make sure you get the newer ones with Vectran as they are much stronger than those without.
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If you ride a lot in the rain and slop go for the GP 4 Seasons WITH Vectran; they have a much better grip than the Gatorskins, and very good flat resistance. Just make sure you get the newer ones with Vectran as they are much stronger than those without.
I was actually looking at those and really liked the way they sounded. i take it you have them and have been enjoying them?
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because apparently NYC has different pavement than the rest of the country

certainly it matters what city you ride in to determine if your tire choice is quality
It does, really...

Here in Baltimore my Gatorskins are like glass magnets. This is with Conti's latest version, for whatever reason, the rubber cuts easily. I'm picking glass out of them all the time. 5 flats in about 6 weeks of riding - about a 1000 miles.

I want the old Gatorskins back, guess I'll try out those randonneurs next.
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I was actually looking at those and really liked the way they sounded. i take it you have them and have been enjoying them?
I've used the new GP 4 Seasons with Vectran, the old ones without (the worst tire I've ever used!) and Gatorskins. Out of the three I like the GP 4 Seasons the best due to their excellent wet weather grip and very good flat protection, although I think the Gatorskins are a bit tougher but aren't nearly as good in the rain. I realized just how fine they were one night as I was bombing through rush hour traffic in the rain on cobblestones and never felt them slip.
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Gatorskins go on sale for $20 you send out a forum-wide alert!
I did just that a few weeks back, actually. Sadly they were gone mere hours after I did that.
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GP 4 seasons here in NJ.
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i got stock kendas too, why do they do that to us?
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