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Old 07-09-18, 07:54 PM
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27" tires for commuting

Howdy! My commuter bike is an 80's steel frame road bike with 27" wheels, so there are limited tire options. I'm on a budget, and I currently have Serfas Seca FPS because that's what the LBS carries. I was wondering if anyone thinks I'm missing out on anything special if I were to just stick with the Seccas? As far as I can tell, the following are my options for 27" wheels:


Serfas seca Fps $28

Continental Ultra Sport II $17

Continental Supersport Plus $27

Continental Grand Sport Race $35

Continental Gatorskin Duraskin $one million dollars

Schwalbe Marathon HS $33


I've ruled out the Gatorskins because money, and the Schwalbe Marathon Hs because they're knobbly-looking.

Note again those prices might look high because it's 27" not 700c. As for the rest of those Continentals, I can't tell what differences are actually important. Are there any? My commute is 10 or 20 mi each way (depending on whether I take the bus half way), all hills and potholes, with some sections full of broken glass, rusty metal bits, tar, cow pies, etc. I appreciate smooth hard easy rolling efficiency. I'm not unhappy with the Secas, but I haven't tried any others so maybe I don't know any better?


I'd be greatful for any comments, suggestions, or opinions, thanks!
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Old 07-09-18, 08:16 PM
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Or should I have posted this in the classic/vintage thread?
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Old 07-09-18, 08:30 PM
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I have a pair of Origin8 Elimin-8er 27x1-1/4 on my commuting bike, that have lasted for years. They take a fair amount of pressure, and seem to have minimal rolling resistance.

https://www.amazon.com/Origin8-Elimi.../dp/B00SZ0EF8K

I've also had fine results with Continental Ultra Sport on my hipster bike, which are cheaper, but not puncture resistant.
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Old 07-09-18, 08:34 PM
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I've used Serfas on 27" wheels, but was happiest with Panaracer Pasela Tour Guard (they survived commutes out in goathead country). I'm not sure if the Tour Guard variety is still available, but Panaracer does still make some 27" tires that might be worth checking out. They tend to have gumwall, though, which might not be the look you're going for.
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Old 07-10-18, 06:38 AM
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Tire liners make any tires more puncture resistant. I've been using Mr. Tuffy's for years.
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Old 07-10-18, 09:29 AM
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Pasela ProTites FTW. Wonderful tires. A perfect blend of suppleness and durability.
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Old 07-10-18, 10:13 AM
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I like Panaracer Pasela tires, but those Continental tires should be good, too.
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My local carries Panasonic , because they're good tires and cost less than Schwalbe..

Continental for the go fast bike owners...
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Old 07-10-18, 02:19 PM
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Thanks all, I guess I need to investigate Panaracer!
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Panaracer Paselas are my jam. Conti Ultra Sports are ok but puncture very easily.
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Indeed, +1 for Panaracer. I've got a 700c set that's been quite durable.
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I've got Panaracer Paselas for my Voyageur touring bike (the non-PT version) and they've been OK. I wish I'd purchased the blue label PT kind.

I'm planning to take it on a few weekender tours this fall, and those tires will be replaced as the durability and flat resistance is lacking IMO.
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Old 07-13-18, 02:18 PM
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I've got an old BSA on 27 inch wheels. I replaced the cracked tyres it came on with a pair of Conti Ultrasport 2s. No complaints at all about them, they roll fast, grip well, and haven't punctured yet.
Just be aware that they're wide for their size; the 27 X 1-1/4 only just fit my frame, so if you're not sure they're going to fit get the 27 X 1-1/8.
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Big fan of panaracers as well. My commuter is a 1970s steel bike with 27 inch wheels. I'm running michelin protek tires. I like 'em. Plus they have a reflective sidewall which I think is a plus in a commuter tire
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Old 07-13-18, 02:37 PM
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I use both Panaracers and Gatorskins. I prefer the Panaracers for all-round feel but the Gatorskins are great if you ride where there are nasty flat-causing stuff like goat head thorns. Whatever you get, go for the widest possible tire for comfort and flat resistance.
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