Have bike, will travel
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Edwardsville, Illinois
Bikes: Colnago Nuova Mexico, Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra, Pinarello Gavia, Schwinn Paramount, Motobecane Grand Record, Peugeot PX10, Serotta Nova X, Simoncini Cyclocross Special, Origin8 monstercross, Pedal Force CG2 and CX2
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Light-weight touring tires, always a bad idea?
I've been using two different tires on my touring/gravel path bike. During winter or when the trails are rain-soaked, I use the Schwalbe Marathon Cross in a 700x38. During dry & warm weather I use the Vittoria Randonneur Hyper in a 700x32 size.
I need to replace the Vittoria Hyper soon.
Both tires have been terrific. The Schwalbe does everything well, including paved streets, but is heavier and rolls slower than the Vittoria Hyper which is a light folding slick.
The Vittoria Hyper has been great also. Almost as fast as a small road-bike tire and the ride quality is very plush. The Vittoria Hyper is also perfect for the mostly smooth, flat and straight tow-path riding I enjoy. I've never had a flat with either tire.
I'm considering buying the Vittoria Randonneur Hyper in a 700x38 size for warm weather use that would include short tours.
I'm also considering the wire-bead Schwalbe Marathon Dureme in a 700x40 size. Both tires cost about the same.
What would you buy?
When I ride my bike I feel free and happy and strong. I'm liberated from the usual nonsense of day to day life. Solid, dependable, silent, my bike is my horse, my fighter jet, my island, my friend. Together we will conquer that hill and thereafter the world.
Last edited by Barrettscv; 05-13-12 at 02:45 PM.