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Old 03-03-03, 10:43 AM   #1
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23-25X700 touring tire

I'm looking for a touring tire, any suggestions?
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Old 03-03-03, 02:21 PM   #2
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Go to a bike shop and buy one!
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I've read both good and bad things about conti tires on this board. Some people hate them and some love them. I have used the Ultra 2000 on all my tours. They may puncture easier than some other brands, but, in my experience, they last. My best experience with them was on a 4500 mile trip loaded (rear panniers only, about 35 pounds) in 2 months. I rotated the tires at around 2500 miles. I had 5 flats, but I used the same two tires for the entire trip.
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Old 03-04-03, 08:09 AM   #4
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D*Alex, I'll check my LBS and see. Cpratt25, I've also heard good things about the 2000s' and like Contis' in general.
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http://www.zianet.com/outdooradventures/armadillo.html

Specialized Armadiilo's are long wearing tires that enjoy an excellent reputation with many cycling tourers. They may not ride quite as smoothly as conti's.
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The Armadillo is a good one.I have them on my cannondale,zero flats with almost 4000 miles on them.
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Attached is a review of all the 26" top touring tires available in Europe

http://www.sjscycles.com/26solobroch...eviewtable.pdf
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check out conti gatorskins
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I know you said 23-25, but if you were willing to go up to a 700x28, I have nothing but good to say about the Vittoria Randonneur.
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My LBS recommended the IRC Road Warrior or Triathlon (I think it's badly named) tires to me for touring as well as general riding. They have a kevlar belt as well as a kevlar bead and they're really well priced... says he hasn't gotten a flat in nine months. I just put them on my bike a few days ago and they feel pretty nice so far... but no solid opinions yet.
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D*Alex, that's the FIRST time I ever saw you give bad advice to someone.

He should buy two!
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I would have to third the Specialize Turbo Armadillos. I have over 9,000 miles on a 4th rear 3rd front (no rotating) and never had a flat. I even use a Specialize ultralight 65grm tube and no liners! Just for your information, I now use a 700x28 in the rear and a 700x26 on the front, the 28 should last at least 3500 miles-time will tell!

As a side note, I did not have good luck with the Contis but I never tried the Gatorskins so I may try one on the front just to see-after my front Armo wears out. I am also curious about the Ruffy Tuffy that Rivendell sells and claims to be as good as the Armadillos but lighter, faster, better handling...could this be true?
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Avocet Cross tires are good all around rubber.
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