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Old 07-18-09, 09:37 AM   #1
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best city tires?

hey ya'll, im looking to upgrading the tires of my bike. Im sure alot of this has to do with preference, but i wanted to see if anyone could recommend a company or set that would be good for city riding. Im on a fixed gear but i dont do a lot of skidding. The tires i have on my bike now were stock when i bought it and they are pretty amazingly awful, so anything would be a leg up. Im willing to spend the money i need for quality, but i dont want to get to expensive.

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Old 07-18-09, 09:46 AM   #2
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I'm in the similar market for some new tires and have heard good things about Seca.
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Old 07-18-09, 10:02 AM   #3
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I'm in the similar market for some new tires and have heard good things about Seca.
i bike everyday, year round, rain or shine in the city and i'm using Seca S Survivor Series, 700x25. I already have a thousand miles on it and they're holding up just fine.
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Old 07-18-09, 10:14 AM   #4
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I'm partial to my continental ultra sports, but I was thinking of switching over to city contacts or sport contacts:


Anyone have experience with these?
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Old 07-18-09, 10:25 AM   #5
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I'll definitely check out the Seca's. What would be the benefit to have a tire like the sport contact with no tread?

im in love with the response time of this forum. Thanks guys!
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Old 07-18-09, 10:32 AM   #6
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treads don't do anything unless you're off road.
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Old 07-18-09, 10:38 AM   #7
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Less tread = more contact = faster tires. You have to choose how much traction you want to compromise for speed basically.
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Old 07-18-09, 11:02 AM   #8
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Also, can't believe I forgot to mention this but you should look into gatorskins if you want the added protection.
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will do, thanks for the help!
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i ride on maxxis re-fuse and love them.
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Treaded road tires, that's a new one for me! haha
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for the price i like maxxis refuse. 25c.
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Old 07-18-09, 05:15 PM   #13
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I have two recommendations:

First, Schwalbe Ultremos.

The Ultremos have so much less rolling resistance than any other tire I have ridden that they feel like they have a built-in tail wind.

They resist punctures as well or better than any so-called puncture-proof I have ridden, including gatorskins and armadillos.

However, on the weak side, my Ultremo rear tire, although it has never flatted, has received a lot of small cuts that have made me replace the rear tire before the front tire.

Second, or first, it doesn't matter, Continental 4 Seasons in front and Continental Gatorskin in back.

I have never had a flat with either tire, they handle beautifully, grip in all reasonable weather, and have only slightly more rolling resistance than the Ultremos.

The Gatorskin in the rear either resists cutting or doesn't show it, and for that reason, the Gatorskin in the rear lasts as long as the 4 Seasons in front.

The Continentals cost a little less and last a little longer, but they have more rolling resistance and don't handle quit as crisply and authoritatively as the Ultremos (subjective impression).

For my next bike, now in construction, I have chosen the Continentals in 25mm.

As for the tread on the Continentals, I see it as a marketing thing by Continental.

Tread on street tires serves no purpose, but neither does it do any harm.
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I second the Ultremos. They are so ridiculously fast, lightweight, and puncture resistant. I have not flatted with them since I got them about 8 months ago. I ride all over the horrible streets of Chicago, about 15-20 miles per day. I never skid so they are the perfect tire for me. As Ken said they do develop small cuts, but none poke through.

Additionally, Schwalbe is sending me two brand new ones due to a recall. My pair did not even exhibit the problem that caused the recall, but since mine were made in the same time period of the defective batch, they didn't want me to take any chances. Great customer service.

As I wait for my replacements I have switched to white Continental Grand Prix 4000's. In comparison they do have a softer ride. But really I can't wait to put the Ultremos back on.
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Conti Gator Skins.
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Old 07-19-09, 02:08 AM   #16
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You didn't say what size you wanted, or which is more important: speed/weight or durability. I just got a Michelin City tire and it's a lot of tire for the money ($18 at Niagara - NY, $14 at Chain Reaction - England). Good thread, robust, but it's a little heavy. Great for bombing around though. I had it on my fixie until this week, when I switched it to my touring bike.

I've also got Marathons (maybe my favorite - moved them to my fixie), Conti Contacts (on my ss), Gatorskins (road bike), etc. Just purchased some Panaracer Pasela Tourguards and so far so good, and they're relatively light.

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Continental Gatorskins from Pro Bike Kit (UK)
Free shipping to the USA $28.05 each
http://www.probikekit.com/display.ph...2&LIMIT=12#toc

I just got my first pair... If they wear out like everything else, I will try Soma everwears.
If Soma everwears bite it quickly, I will run whatever cheap P.O.S. tire I can get my hands on.
Im starting to think that $40+ tires are a big god-damn scam. Nothing seems to last more than a month on the rear.
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