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Old 11-05-06, 10:20 PM   #1
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Best tire width/tread

I'm just building up a cyclo/touring bike, with 26" rim. For touring use, I'm not sure what tire widths and treads would be suitable. Most of the terrain I will encounter will be asphalt, with the occational dirt road or road shoulder. Any suggestions would be great... specific tire model references would be okay too.

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Old 11-05-06, 10:26 PM   #2
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I think you're going across Canada right? I went through two sets of Conti Travel Contacts (26x1.25"), replaced halfway, and didn't get a single flat.
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I would run a minimum of 28s. My conti's did not last very long, but I did get a great deal of use from some Armadillos. I would take a long look at the the Scwalbe marathons too.
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Agreed on the Conti's not lasting very long. I spent a good deal of time on the shoulders throught Northern Ontario though, probably didn't help. I was worried about my bald tires being too thin when I was on a rail-to -trail in Newfoundland.
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