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clyde roadies, kindly tell me your weight, tire choice, tire size and.pressure

Old 09-16-10, 06:11 PM
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clyde roadies, kindly tell me your weight, tire choice, tire size and.pressure

Trying to resolve.some tire issues and looking for a larger sample size from heavier riders. If you know your tires listed max pressure in addition to the pressure you run them at, that would be awesome.
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200lbs., Bontrager Race Lite, 700 X 25
running at max pressure 120PSI
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I'm at 230 lbs. right now. Road bike has a pair of 700c x 23 UltraGatorskins running at 120 psi which is their max. Commuter road bike has a pair of 700c x 28 Forte GT2/K running at 110 psi which is 5 pounds over their max. At least a couple of thousand miles on each set and no flats or other issues as of yet.
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I'm a reformed 210lb roadie on 700x35c panaracer paselas tha I run anywhere from 45-70psi.

When I used to favor the really skinny tires, I was quite fond of 700x25c gatorskins around 100psi +/- 10 psi depending on conditions. Great tires, if it wasn't my propensity towards dirt, I'd probably still be running them.
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Whatever is on sale. I hate spending $$$ on tires, because in my riding I've never been able to tell the difference, whether in handling or durability. Over the years that may have meant Panaracers, Hutchinsons, Avocets, Serfas and others. Right now the Trek has Contis, I don't recall what line (the sidewalls look like dark gum rubber), but I'm sure they were less than $30 each, and probably not that much. All have been 700x25, 110-120 psi depending on the tire. That's worked for me from 260 to 212 and, unfortunately, back up again.

I've only ever had two "problem" tires. One was when I was riding tubulars back in the mid '80s and all I could afford were cheap, cheap Vittorias - their un-aged rubber compound attracted grit and debris like a magnet attracts iron shavings, leading to one flat after another. The other was when I tried an early generation of Kevlar-beaded folders from Specialized that wouldn't stay put on the rim, leading to stress fissures at the base of the valve stem of the rear tube.

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220lbs down from 320lbs and ride 700x23 Bontrager Sport tires.... I run 100PSI in both the front and rear and like them a lot, and they are only $11.00 each. I have around 500 miles on them and they are still going strong.......... I had a $100.00 pair of Vittoria's that were no better.
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Originally Posted by CACycling
I'm at 230 lbs. right now. Road bike has a pair of 700c x 23 UltraGatorskins running at 120 psi which is their max. Commuter road bike has a pair of 700c x 28 Forte GT2/K running at 110 psi which is 5 pounds over their max. At least a couple of thousand miles on each set and no flats or other issues as of yet.
Wow - that's a whole set of coincidences.

31 lbs cyclocross (commuter ) bike - 700x28 at ~110 psi
19 lbs road bike - 700x23 at ~110 psi

I know I can get by with less pressure on the cross bike, and I regretted pumping it up so tight and then taking it on a long dirt trail. I'm not sure what I can get away with, though. I'm about 235 lbs.
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I'm about 225#, Continental GP4000/GP4000S, 110PSI front, 125 rear. Max rated on the label is also 125PSI. I have ridden with my weight between 215 and 240, at the same pressure. I'll consider dropping it a bit if I ever manage to get my own weight down below 205. Not sure I'll make that.
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265 lbs on conti gp4000s 115 front and 120 rear. over 3k on these so far and wear indicators still show.
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238, continental ultra gatorskins, 23s, running at 120 PSI
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215, Conti Ultra Gators, 110psi in both.
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207lb, Michelin Pro Race 3 and Continental 4000s, (edit) 23mm, 110psi front and rear.

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265 lbs on conti gp4000s 115 front and 120 rear. over 3k on these so far and wear indicators still show.
265# on conti GP 4-season 25s 110 front 125 rear
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287 lbs. on an '88 Bridgestone T700 w/Schwalbe Marathon 368 in 700 X 32. 90 PSI rear/86 PSI front,rated for 95 max in cheep azz Bontrager tubes.Rutted,broken pavement along with gravel and dirt roads. No flats and I'm happy with the ride and speed.
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220 lbs., Bontrager Race Lite, 700x23c, 115 PSI, max listed on the tire is 120 PSI. I've had the bike for 6 weeks and have put 328 miles on it. The tires seem fine and as long as I get good wear out of them I'd have no problem with getting another set to replace them.
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okay good, I'm gonna print this out and bring it to the skinny kid at my bike shop who was swearing that I'd be okay at 100psi on 700x25 wheels. I was having a bunch of problems with some cheap nashbar prima 2's . 700x25 max rating only 100. I was puting them up to 120 but they started blowing off the rim. 100psi and they were bottoming out completely.

In the end I picked up a Gatorskin 700x25 and have it at 120. Hopefully this solves the problems!
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298, Michelin Gatorskins 700-23, inflated to max of 120 psi. Earlier in the summer I used Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase at 120 psi w/o problems.
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275, continental ultra race, 700x25, 10 over max psi (120)
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215lbs, 700x28 Continental Ultra Gatorskins (they measure closer to a 700x25), 110psi front and rear.
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Originally Posted by cappuccino911
Trying to resolve.some tire issues and looking for a larger sample size from heavier riders. If you know your tires listed max pressure in addition to the pressure you run them at, that would be awesome.
Okay, rider is ~200lbs, could be a little over or a little under...

Mountain Bike -> 26x1.4" Ritchey Tom Slick, Rated 85PSI, Front 75, Rear 90. Will probably move to 26x1.5 at the next tire swap and move to a cross type tire that has a little tread.
Road Bike -> 27x1 1/4, Rating is unknown, don't rare run them more then 80 though with those straight sided rims, so 80 front, 80 rear. This bike is getting a wheel swap to 700C at some point....
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I run Conti GP4000's and Michelin Pro Race tires in 23mm on my single and in 23mm and 25mm on my tandem, both at 120PSI
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240ish

Road Bike: 700x23 Conti GP4000S or 700x25 Conti Gran Prix 4-seasons at 120psi front, 125psi rear

Commuter and beater/xcross: 700x32 Conti Top Contacts at 85psi front, 90psi rear

SS/FG: 700x32 Vittoria Randonneurs at 75psi front, 80psi rear

Big Dummy: 26x2.0 Serfas Drifters at 65psi front, 70psi rear

Snow bike: 700x35 Kenda Klondikes at anywhere from 25-65psi
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its pretty much unanimous. If your at 240lbs give or take 10lbs and running a 700x25 you need to be at about 120psi. Interesting that one person mentioned running 700x28 gatorskins and them being closer in size to a 25. my road bike can't fit 28's but I only bought the rear wheel yesterday. when I go to buy the front I'll take a 28 and see if it will fit in the rear and if so, I'll do that and put the 25 up front.
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I don't particularly enjoy the ride of a 25mm tire at 110-120, but until I'm under 200 I'll do what I have to to avoid pinch flats. I have a friend who keeps telling me I can go with the current crop of 28s that have no greater rolling resistance, and gain some comfort. I'll probably give that a try the next time I need tires. But that could be a year or more down the road.
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I enjoy the cushion my 32's give me. Can't stand skinny tires at high pressures as they simply don't work under my weight and conditions I have to ride in. Flats sure do cramp my riding enjoyment. I'd be running 40's if the frame would accommodate them.
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