Tires for our touring tandem
Hi, Just a quick question about tires we ride a lot of dirt(improved) roads and have a chance to pick up a pair of Continental touring + tires. Anyone with experiece with them? Enjoy the forum and for a person riding c+v tandems it's been very enlighting.
Thanks for the replies.
So, this is what you are using? In 28 mm?
Continental Touring Plus Reflex (700c)
Originally Posted by Bike Tires Direct
Last edited by Ritterview; 05-17-10 at 07:22 PM.
Not so much the 28s but the 35s. Our improved roads are almost like fire roads and require more cushion than a narrower. Used to have the old orange michelin 35s but they got too old and gave up . The walk is never pleasant. The closest paved road is 5 miles away. and its not fun sometimes.
For what it is worth.
Originally Posted by flypaca
I am running a pair of Continental Touring Plus Reflex tires on my Trek Multitrack. I weigh 180 and usually have a big bag on the bag averaging about 25 extra pounds. I have been running the Touring Plus Reflex tires now for almost a year. About 1500 miles. No flats so far. Use them on asphalt paved MUPS and gravel trails. Have run them over coarse rock parking lots. No traction issues and low rolling resistance. I run them at 65 psi normally. So far them have given good handling on any surface I had them on.
I am running the Conti TravelContact Reflex tires on the wife's hybrid. Those also have been free of flat problems and have been good on any surfaces we have been on.
You might want to download the Continental catalog off the Internet. They list several sizes for these tires but it becomes a question of what my local LBS can get.
My Conti's replaced a pair of bontrager Hard Case 700 x 35c tires. The Hard case tires had very high rolling resistance.
A big thanks to all who responded. I had heard good things about that tire and had a chance to get them locally. Not a lot of selection from the LBS. Small towns don't offer quite the selection of larger places or the web. But I like to shop locally if possible. No micheliens were avail. FWIW the micheleins that quit had about 3000mi and almost 30 yrs (with a long layoff).
My local LBS is small. I had once asked about how they stock tires. I had not seen matched pairs of tires on display. I was told that I was his only customer who purchased tires in pairs. He then told me that he had the ability to order whatever tires I wanted.
Originally Posted by flypaca
Now of course this would mean paying list price. No bargain prices. So I downloaded the Conti catalog and read up on what each tire's specs are. Then told him what I wanted. Matched rim size off the rims ID labels to what I was looking at in the catalog. Then ordered them. Most of the time I had a week, or less, waiting until the tires came into his shop. It depends on where he has to order them from.
Did the same thing with lights I wanted for the bikes.
For clothing needs we use an LBS near the MUP we normally do day rides on.
We have been running on 26x1.5 Sshwalbe Marathon Racer, got good use out of it, until last week when the rear tire blew out, with about 6000 km (4000 miles), not sure what that would translate to (700c x 32 or 700 x 35). Did plenty of dirt roads on this tire, but on coarse gravel it turned out to be a little narrow. Our next touring tire for Patagonia roads will be another Schwalbe Marathon, but 26 x 1.9.
We have been using Conti Top Touring 26x1.75 [47mm] on our Fat Chance Mtn Tandem for the last three years with no problems except in really loose and rocky uphills due to the limited tread. Lots of air volume for us clydesdales yet not too heavy. On the road they roll well and just will not wear out.