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View Poll Results: What width tyres do you tour on? (On-road touring only)

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  • <28mm

    6 8.00%
  • 28mm

    10 13.33%
  • 30mm

    0 0%
  • 32mm

    22 29.33%
  • 35mm

    18 24.00%
  • 38mm

    9 12.00%
  • >38mm

    11 14.67%
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    Poll: what size tyres do you tour on?

    If you use two different sized tyres, vote the larger one, then post the details.
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    Marathon XR in back for puncture resistance and durability and Marathon Supreme up front for grip and lighter weight.

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    Continental Touring Plus. Roll easy, light, puncture resistant, and easy to mount.
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    Hmm, I'd like to hear from people who voted <28 or >38. Do people really tour on 23mm or balloon tyres?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevage View Post
    Hmm, I'd like to hear from people who voted <28 or >38. Do people really tour on 23mm or balloon tyres?
    I did my only self-supported (1 week) on 23's but now that I've been enlightened by BF...it's 28's+. I had no probs with the Conti 23's.

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    I suggest you specifically mention "self-supported" in your poll or the results will be skewed by the people who do supported tours on 23mm, which is a very reasonable thing to do.

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    Conti Ultras ... 700x23 or 700x25. Tires larger than that don't fit on Machak.

    Yes, I tour on those tires. Yes, I tour self-supported. Yes, I tour with my bicycle fully loaded. Yes, I do lengthy fully loaded, self-supported tours on those tires.

    Machak weighs 27 lbs, and I tour with about 40 lbs of gear ... plus me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevage View Post
    Hmm, I'd like to hear from people who voted <28 or >38. Do people really tour on 23mm or balloon tyres?
    I usually prefer 25s, but have also used 23s for self-supported bike camping. I don't usually get on too many fire roads or similar dirt/gravel trails while touring and I've found the thinner tires to be adequate for short stretches of such roads. Guess I don't see why touring would require a big change from the tires used in normal club day rides. My camping load is usually 20 - 25 lbs which is still a pretty small percentage of the total weight.

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    >Guess I don't see why touring would require a big change from the tires used in normal club day rides.

    Good question, especially when you mention the "percentage of the total weight" argument. Though I think my gear would normally weigh a bit more than you mention, and tends to be stacked on the rear wheel.

    I actually considered running a 23mm front tyre on my most recent trip, but with long sections of horrendous muddy road, I'm glad I didn't!

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    32s, though I'm considering putting a 28 on the front for good asphalt trips

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    So far i've only toured self supported on my MTB conversion. It has 26x1.75" tires. that's about 44mm thick. They're Schwalbe Marathon Plus', so they're big heavy balloons, but they are also as resistant to flats as tires come and comfy to ride, so that's what I use. I can also hop curbs and hit pot holes loaded 20lbs without a problem.

    My road bike, which I may end up touring on this summer, has SMP 700x25c tires, and I trust they will handle just fine, even loaded.

    So my tires are both <28 and >38.
    Last edited by thehum; 07-27-09 at 12:27 AM.

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    early 70's - 27x 1/8"- 1 1/4"
    late 70's 700x28-32

    last year 20x2.0 front 20x1.6 rear
    while I haven't toured this year it's all setup with 700x35 for loaded grocery trips and shopping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevage View Post
    >Guess I don't see why touring would require a big change from the tires used in normal club day rides.
    Steve
    You need to consider that not all "touring" is equal as far as strain on the bike is concerned.. There is a big difference between a couple hundred miles in your backyard and say cycling the silk road or crossing Africa.

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