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Old 06-07-05, 07:16 PM   #1
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clincher tire question

hey y'all, so with all the excitement around the re-opening of the dick lane velodrome here in atlanta, alot of us are going to "hopefully" start taking part in the fun. i just purchased a pair of continental supersonics clinchers, i know they are not useful to do any road riding in, but for a clincher they seem to be a good track tire (low rolling resistance, higher pressure, and good grip). i was wondering what other folks were using for clinchers on the track, and if you have ever found a good tire that could be used for some road training as well as track riding, a "dual purpose tire" if you will.
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Old 06-07-05, 08:00 PM   #2
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I used Vittoria Ultraspeeds, which no longer seem to be made, and now use Vittoria Open Corsas. Both of which are lighweight road racing tires with high thread counts, which makes them great for the track. But at 50 bucks each I'm not riding them on the road cause I hate getting flats and having glass chew through tires this expensive. Not convinced they could take the abuse of real urban riding.

That said I've also rented bikes with definite street tires on them at my local velodrome and it really didn't matter for training and beginner racing. So I'm sure you could find a happy medium.
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Old 07-17-05, 11:19 AM   #3
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My Supersonics are great track tires.
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Old 07-17-05, 12:18 PM   #4
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My Supersonics are great track tires.
I hate Supersonics for the track. If you are going to be riding in Detroit or Bromont, don't use them or any tire with a silica tread. They are extremely slippery at slow speeds on these plastic coated tracks. Okay for the time trials, but really bad for sprints and mass start events. I'd imagine that these tires would be good for any 333m velodrome though, as the banking isn't as steep and the tracks are usually made out of concrete.
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I'd imagine that these tires would be good for any 333m velodrome though, as the banking isn't as steep and the tracks are usually made out of concrete.
Hmmmm your imagination isn't as good as my findings. I've got about 5000 laps on Supersonics on London Ontario's Forest City Vel. It's 50 degrees steep, 138 metres around and plywood sheeted. There ain't nothing steeper and shorter. I haven't slid down yet and have gone as slow as 23kph (14.3mph).

What were you saying about Supersonics again?
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Hmmmm your imagination isn't as good as my findings. I've got about 5000 laps on Supersonics on London Ontario's Forest City Vel. It's 50 degrees steep, 138 metres around and plywood sheeted. There ain't nothing steeper and shorter. I haven't slid down yet and have gone as slow as 23kph (14.3mph).

What were you saying about Supersonics again?
London isn't coated in plastic. Only mentioned Detroit and Bromont. If you also care to look, none of the world class trackies run silica tires. They are all carbon black or latex.


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