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Old 12-14-11, 06:05 PM   #1
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Tires for first tour?

Are the Kenda K161 KrossCyclo a good tire to tour on over gavel and pavement with panniers? If not what would you recommend?
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In other words, will a $15 tire get 'er done for you? Probably. I'd add a liner, glued in as one of the reviewers suggested, to increase puncture protection. Pack some Gorilla tape just in case of a blow out. You can boot a tire with that stuff and with this. Order in plenty of time to try them out, and to replace if they seem defective.

What sort of bike you gonna mount them on? How many miles for your tour? Where? Mostly gravel? May be doing a mostly off road tour in CO next summer myself on a shocked hybrid.
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read reviews:
http://www.amazon.com/Kenda-Knobby-B.../dp/B000A0KZ1O

If you're heavy and carrying a heavy rear tire load I'd consider a different rear tire leaving the Kenda for the front. Is this a 27" tire?
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I'm planing for May around 100 miles from woodland park, deckers, sedalia, and back to home to colorado springs. On a 2010 specialized sirrus hybrid. It will be a first for my wife and I we've always wanted to do some bigger tours but I think starting small may be a good idea. Where are you planning your tour?
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Where are you planning your tour?
If it happens, meaning if I can get in good enough shape, will be with a small group led by a flaggling tour operator. She's suggested one at elevation east of Rifle, or a much tamer one at about 5000 ft toward the northeastern side of CO. I've lost the map links she sent. I have a new bent for touring, but would take the hybrid for the elevation tour, as I think some of the route would be too rough/steep for the bent. Me too probably. Most likely neither will happen.

Good idea, starting with a short shake down cruise.
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Is this a 27" tire?
Based on a couple of the reviews it sounds like they are 27" tires.

My Continental Contacts (37c) have performed well on pavement. Took them on 60 miles of sand/gravel/dirt/rocks during a tour this summer and they did fine. Have ridden them on other unpaved surfaces with no problems. The two or three flats I have had with them have been caused by broken glass on city streets while the bike was not loaded. Of course, they aren't as cheap, but IMO tires are not the place to cut corners.
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Just bring an extra tire in case one fails.

Gravel Roads don't need Knobby tires that Much.

Conti Travel contact just has a narrow row on the edges..

But if it's a 27" tire, none for that size..

thorn resistant tubes are a good thing. I recc them.

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I had a set of Kenda KrossCyclo's briefly and wouldn't recommend them. They're cheaply made, a bit difficult to mount, and I had trouble getting them to seat evenly. Oddly, they were the "hairiest" tire I've ever seen, completely covered with mold flashing "whiskers." I actually spent an hour with a pair of nail clippers removing them (is my OCD showing?)

Assuming you're using 27" wheels, the Panaracer Pasela 27x1-1/4" is a much better option (though the tread is closer to slick.) Schwalbe's HS159 has a slightly more aggressive tread and is budget priced, but it's heavier than the Panaracer. I've got a set of these on my Super Course, but I haven't put many miles on them yet, they seem ok so far.

If you can roughly double your tire budget, Schwalbe's Marathon is very well regarded.
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His bike is a 2010 hybrid. Doubt it has 27" wheels, but I could be wrong.
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Just bring an extra tire in case one fails.

Gravel Roads don't need Knobby tires that Much.

Conti Travel contact just has a narrow row on the edges..
The GF has them on her 26" wheel Surly LHT. Worked well on all the surfaces I mentioned above.
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I'm planing for May around 100 miles from woodland park, deckers, sedalia, and back to home to colorado springs. On a 2010 specialized sirrus hybrid. It will be a first for my wife and I we've always wanted to do some bigger tours but I think starting small may be a good idea. Where are you planning your tour?
2010 Sirrus Hybrid

700c not 27".

spend $10more for a good tire

http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...ross-700c-tire

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His bike is a 2010 hybrid. Doubt it has 27" wheels, but I could be wrong.
Ah, I missed that. Never mind my suggestions then, there are better choices in 700c.
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