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Old 11-09-05, 05:33 PM
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What do you think of these tires (NYC)

So after riding around NYC with 700x20 tires, I'm getting sick of having to avoid literally every single crack there is in the road. And there are a hell of a lot of cracks here.
Anyway the bike I'm using is an older model Specialized Sirrus (1988), back when it was actually a road bike with drop bars and everything. I'm thinking of getting either 700x28 or 700x25, but the most important issue is whether or not they'll even fit on the bike. If any NYCers run 700x25 and really like that, I'd stick with that, or the same thing for 700x28.

Also, are these tires alright? I'm not expecting anything stellar for $5 anyway..
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Old 11-09-05, 08:03 PM
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I was fine with 406x28 on my folder except that the rubber on the Stelvios was getting eaten-up. Now, 406x40 Marathons FTW! Seriously, the 28's were fine for the most part, though I do feel more comfortable with the wider tires when, say, crossing Midtown.

Edit: forgot to add that the 700x23s on my road bike are OK too, having done the NYC TA Century on 'em a couple of times. But for hardcore commuting, I would not be happy on those.
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Old 11-09-05, 08:16 PM
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I run 700x23's all over town on the weekends on my litespeed and they're fine.
I run 700x35's on my commuter cause I go over and into everything on that one.

700x25 should be fine for you.
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Old 11-09-05, 09:28 PM
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In terms of speed, how much of a difference am I going to notice between the 20s, 25s, and 28s?
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Old 11-09-05, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Mxu
In terms of speed, how much of a difference am I going to notice between the 20s, 25s, and 28s?
You will get more top speed but sacrificing acceleration.

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Old 11-09-05, 10:27 PM
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25s, 28s, you'll be fine either way, but let me stress this--spend the extra $10 and get kevlar-belted tires. I went a year and a half with exactly ONE flat, and that's riding through many of our fine gravel-and-glass districts in New York City 20 miles a day. That streak was when I was riding a mountain bike solely, and now that I've switched to a cross (with 28s) I've gotten a few, but it's certainly worth the extra money not to have to show up to work late with grease and grime all over your hands from changing a tube!
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Originally Posted by matty_bikes
but it's certainly worth the extra money not to have to show up to work late with grease and grime all over your hands from changing a tube!
Look at my avatar. That's right, I always carry around 2 rubber gloves in my bag.
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