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Old 05-09-13, 12:30 PM   #1
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What Would You Do?

I am going to credit card tour the Skyline Drive out and back over 4 days taking my Soma Stanyan, no racks just a small backpack. I have somewhat new Michelin Pro4 25's on it - In my tire stock I have Conti 4000s 25's, Schwalbe Marathon 28's and Michelin Pilot's 32's. My buddy going with me is riding Pro 4 23's on his tarmac and I don't want to have a disadvantage. So what tires would you ride? And Why?

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Good roads = 25's

Bad roads = 28's

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I packed 12 pounds or so of gear on the Southern Tier and started out with 23mm tires because they were on the bike. When they wore out I replaced them with 25mm tires. The 25's rode a lot better on Texas chipseal, but riding on 23s wasn't the end of the world. On skyline drive the surface is a lot better. I'd just run whatever is on the bike, especially since we are talking about a 4 day ride. To be honest any of the tires you mentioned would suffice, but the 32s would be pretty much overkill.
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You'll be fine on the 25's. You might feel fresher at the end of long days on 28's at lower pressure. I'd also borrow or buy a rack and a bag. The backpack would be hot on the climbs and potentially flop arround on the down.
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On recent minitour, I was navigating 100% by Googlemap on my phone as an experiment (no paper maps). I got routed onto dirt roads a few times and once I couldn't efficiently divert to another path. I was very glad I was riding 32 mm tires than came on my touring bike. I had considered putting on some 28s. The 32s still had some trouble but 25 and dirt roads that aren't well-packed = bad situation.


So I suppose it wouldn't cause me to go to 45s if I planned to do all paved touring just for the odd chance, but for me 32s are a good compromise.


P.s. Coincidentally I have looked into Skyline Drive as an option for a ride myself sometime. Love the area.
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Thanks guys - I have just recently purchased the pro 4s and they seemed to be holding up great not cuts or flats so far so I might just save myself the 20 minutes of changing them and ride and as always on a tour I'll carry a spare tire.
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You made a good decision. But I wouldn't carry a spare for a short trip on good roads with new, high quality tires.
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You made a good decision. But I wouldn't carry a spare for a short trip on good roads with new, high quality tires.
I tend to do the same. Even on long tours in fairly remote areas I skip the spare. In the extremely rare case of needing a replacement tire without warning, I'd rely on hitching a ride.
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