Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Vancouver, BC
Bikes: Jamis Aurora Elite, Jamis Citizen 3.0, Giant TCR Advanced 2
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Tire recommendations for commuting around Vancouver
I live in Tsawwassen, BC and I frequently commute from home to work close to downtown Vancouver by a steel framed touring bike. Once in Richmond, I typically ride down #5
road to Westminster Highway and then over to Garden City, down Garden city to the transit bridge, and then up Cambie street towards work. About 50% of the time I'll ride down Steveston highway first and then down #2
road, over towards the airport island, across the Arthur Laing Bridge, and then either up Granville or over towards UBC before heading to work.
This week the side wall blew out on my rear tire and so it's time to replace it. I have been riding on 32cs but I am having difficulty finding 32cs slicks, so I'm debating buying 28cs to replace both the front and rear tire. According to Sheldon Brown bikes don't need tread to have good traction because they aren't affected by water on the road the same way that cars are. So my question is, does anyone have any recommendations / experience / opinions using 28 vs 32 mm tires for commuting in the Vancouver area and tires with medium, small, or no tread, especially considering the weather conditions in winter?
The primary reasons I want to switch to 28s is that I can run them at a higher PSI (I prefer the how it feels), they will be faster, and I can get 28s with less tread more easily than 32s.