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    Reccomend me a touring tyre (please)

    First off - great site. I've been lurking on here for a while now and am finding it, and all your posts, a vaulable resource for my tour across Southern Japan next month.

    Anyways - i have the defacto Brooks seat for touring and very nice its turning out too. I was wondering what tyre experienced tourers prefer. From my viewpoint i would want one that has puncture protection, good grip but still allows me to motor along. I have a Kona Dr Dew which hasvery thin rims (similar to a road bike) - am i looking for the holy grail or does such a tyre exist?

    Currently i have conti tyres on the back and front - they are nigh on slicks as i use the bike for commuting. I am pretty heavy and feel every bump in the road on them and was wanting my touring tyres to help counteract this.

    Many thanks

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    Schwalbe Marathon Plus. No flats. Ever.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    Schwalbe Marathon XR's if you need some tread (like on rail trails). I got mine here: http://www.wallbike.com/tires.html

    They have a folding model if you are needing to carry a spare but you'd likely only need that in very remote places.

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    Schwalbe Marathon Plus if you want bombproof, but HEAVY. I like them or Continental Ultra Gatorskins if I want something lighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by becnal View Post
    Schwalbe Marathon Plus. No flats. Ever.
    X2

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    Visit the on-line Bike Touring Archive at www.biketouringtips.com

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    Schwalbe Marathon Plus. No flats. Ever.

    X3
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberpep View Post
    Schwalbe Marathon Plus. No flats. Ever.

    X3
    x4. i've never had a flat with these. ever.
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    Schwalbe Marathon Plus.....

    There is nothing better!

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    thanks everyone for your advice - however i just had my bike stolen so looks like the tyre purchase can be put off for a while!! (is that a record for a newbie on here - i've only been a member for a few hours!). I will take your advise when i get a new bike tho..

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    I really like Marathon Racers. The Plus Marathon's were way to heavy for me, and a royal pain to get onto my rims. I've had two or three flats total on my racers after 3000 miles of touring and a couple of years of commuting everyday. I'm sure the Plus is tougher though, just heavy.

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    Sorry about your bike, Vince. Hope you find another bike you like. Keep riding.

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    Forget the Schwalbes, they're overpriced. Vittoria Randonneur Cross is the tires you want to use.

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