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Commuters: What Tires Do you Use?

Commuters,
A brief general tire questionnaire for you commuters...

What tire you use?
How wide they are?
What is you'r wheel ssize?
How longs your' commute?
What is the gen.l averege terrainne? Asphault, dust road, pebbles, bumpy/s?
General Weather Conditions for your' commute? 30% heavy rain...snow...sunshine...etc...snow

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I have 2 bikes that I ride to work.

Bike #1 is my road bike. 700x23 IRC Redstorms Classic. I like these, seem to ride nice and are holding up very well.

Bike #2 is an Old Steel tour bike. 27x 1 1/4 Serfas Seca. The combo of wide tires (similar to 700x35, I think), steel frame, and long wheel base make for a very comfortable ride. These tires are also holding up very well.


And my speed does not change much on either bike. The steel bike and wider tires is only slightly slower (or slightly harder to maintain the same speed) then my road bike. The steel bike weighs about 10 pounds more then my alum road bike.
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26x1.25 Nashbar slicks on "26x1.75" rims. 5 miles each way, mostly smooth asphalt with a few broken sections. The weather's usually pretty nice, but we get our fair share of nor'easters and tropical storms year-round. I also ride the slicks in the snow. They cut through pack and powder like nothing, and I have fewer traction issues with them than with 2.2 nubblys.
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I use two bikes regularly.

Salsa La Raza:
1. Type of tire: Ritchey, Tom Slicks
2. Tire width: 23 mm
3. Wheel size: 700cc
4. Commute length: 12 miles R/T
5. Terrain: 1st mile is dirt, the remainder is asphalt, no shoulders, no MUPs
6. Weather in Georgia is either hot and sticky, or rain. This is a draught year so, hot and sticky until we have some hurricanes blow through and cool things down.
(7. I run them at 110-120 psi)

Giant XtraLite
1. Michelin Transworld Cities
2. 1.5 inches
3. 26 inch
4, 5, & 6 same as above.
(7. I run them about 75 psi)

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What tires do you use?
Schwalbe Marathon Plus

How wide are they?
1.75

What is your wheel size?
26

How long is your commute?
15 miles r/t

What is the general average terrain?
Paved MUP, and paved roadway

General weather conditions for your commute?
Drizzling rain and headwinds mostly.
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On one bike:700,28mm Specialized Armadillos "All Condition"....6 miles all told....all weather,a mix of sand, road junk,gravel paths too....dry,wet,NO snow where I live,NO ice either.Local LBS had them, Very good tires.
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Schwalbe Marathon Racers, 700x28c

For 4 years I used Rivendell Roughy Tuffy 27c

Both are very good tires, the Rivendell tires are a large performance tire, while the Racers
are a small touring tire.

Might be easier to say a few things about yourself and your commute, and maybe we could suggest something.
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On my usual commuter bike, a Rans Tailwind, I'm running Primo Comets with Kevlar belts, 20x1.35 front and 20x1.5 rear.

My backup commuter, a Novara Big Buzz, has 700x32 Panaracer Pasala Tourguards.

9 miles suburban/urban each direction. I don't ride in snow/ice, and try to avoid rain.
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What tires do you use?
Schwalbe Marathon Plus

How wide are they?
622 X 40

What is your wheel size?
700

How long is your commute?
Five mile round trip

What is the general average terrain? Ashphalt, dusty road, pebbles, bumps?
Asphalt

General weather conditions for your commute? 30% heavy rain...snow...sunshine...etc...
Year round commuter -- all of the above. I do switch to Nokian W-106 studded tires for the three months of Winter.

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What tires do you use?
Continental Top Touring

How wide are they?
700 x 32

What is your wheel size?
700c

How long is your commute?
12 to 20 miles round trip (depends on how I go home)

What is the general average terrain? Ashphalt, dusty road, pebbles, bumps?
Relatively flat but some hills. Asphalt with pot holes and seams.

General weather conditions for your commute? 30% heavy rain...snow...sunshine...etc...Generally fair weather with some wet roads. I don't ride the Conti's in the snow. I use CrossMax's for that and not all that often for commuting.
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What tires do you use?
Nashbar Urban tires

How wide are they?
1.5"

What is your wheel size?
26"

How long is your commute?
10 miles roundtrip

What is the general average terrain? Ashphalt, dusty road, pebbles, bumps?
Asphalt paved MUP and really crappy MI roads.

General weather conditions for your commute? 30% heavy rain...snow...sunshine...etc...
Mostly dry, about 10-20% rain or at least wet from previous rain
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all of you seem have thinn skinnies

so i ask is what happens if you go that thin

is it hard?

or bad for road bumps and the like?

potholes, and railtracks for streetcars?
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should i get skinnies?
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What tires do you use?
Continental Grand Prix 4-Season

How wide are they?
28mm

What is your wheel size?
700C

How long is your commute?
12 miles R/T

What is the general average terrain? Ashphalt, dusty road, pebbles, bumps?
Asphalt paved MUP and crappy roads

General weather conditions for your commute? 30% heavy rain...snow...sunshine...etc...
Rainy and wet during the 6-7 months of Seattle winter and mostly sunny the rest of the year.
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Originally Posted by Elusor
all of you seem have thinn skinnies

so i ask is what happens if you go that thin

is it hard?

or bad for road bumps and the like?

potholes, and railtracks for streetcars?
I don't have thin skinnies - I am running d_mn near MTB tires on my road bike. To me "thin skinny" is 700c x 23. The 700c x 32 is really quite a wide tire and more than adequate for road riding and wider than most commuters run. You must be a Mountain Bike rider!! My recommended tire PSI is 80 or so and I run it at that pressure, and it is smoooooooooooooooth and faaaaaaaaaaaast!
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What tires do you use?
Continental CityRIDE

How wide are they?
32c

What is your wheel size?
700c

How long is your commute?
3.5 miles one way

What is the general average terrain? Ashphalt, dusty road, pebbles, bumps?
poorly maintained bumpy potholed pavement

General weather conditions for your commute? 30% heavy rain...snow...sunshine...etc...
usually dry and sunny or cloudy
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Originally Posted by Elusor
all of you seem have thinn skinnies

so i ask is what happens if you go that thin

is it hard?

or bad for road bumps and the like?

potholes, and railtracks for streetcars?
How hard you feel the bumps is inversely proportional to your rolling resistance. As unlikely as it sounds, the same amount of tire contacts the road for any two bike tires (with the same stud or slick pattern) at a given pressure. In other words, a tire inflated to 85 lbs. pressure is going to feel the same if it's fat or thin. Fatter tires only feel softer because they are typically inflated to lower pressures. I'm sure this is bound to cause controversy so flame away...
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I use Conti Contacts...700x28 on the xcross Bianchi, which is my primary commuter, same tire in 32s on the SS, Conti Top Tourings in 700x32 on the touring bike, Conti Gatorskins, 700x25 on the road bike, Kenda Klondike studs in 700x35 or Conti Travel Contacts in 700x37 on the winter commuter. All of my bikes get some commuting duty.

My commute varies from 24.5 miles each way in the summer, to 7-13 miles each way in the winter. Mostly road, though sometimes I use a packed limestone MUP as a detour. Roads are generally nice-to-rough.

Weather is NE Ohio weather, fair temps and fairly wet most of the year, lots of snow and ice in the winter, some dog-hot days in the summer.
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New road bike: 700X23 specialized mondos. The jury is still out on these tires. I am not sure if I like them or not. Plus, I have my eye on a set of michelin pro race tires in red to match my new bike.

Touring bike: 700X23 ultra gatorskins.
I love how these tires roll. No complaints. However, I have had three flats in the last month. 2 are my fault for under inflating my tires. The other caught a leftover goathead from last year in the sidewall. No biggie. I can change tubes in no time.

Commute is 28 miles each way. I tend to see a bit of a difference with skinnier tires over a commute this distance. Durability and ride comfort are not that much off of my old 700X32 vittoria randoneur tires. I like skinnier tires better due to personal preferences. As for flats, I flat on every tire I ride after a certain time with or without tire liners. At least my folding gator skins are easy to swap tubes.


I will probably switch to wider tires for next winter.

Edit:
Winter is usually dry except for last winter. It rains from time to time but this state is generally fairly arid .
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What tires do you use? Schwalbe Marathon
How wide are they? upright- 42 mm recumbent- 47 mm
What is your wheel size? upright-622 recumbent- 406 & 559
How long is your commute? 33-35 km rt
What is the general average terrain? Hilly
Road surface: Ashphalt, dusty road, pebbles, bumps, plus mud and gravel
General weather conditions for your commute? -20 C to +25 C, nice weather, rain,
snow, ice, slush, dry roads, windy.
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What tires do you use?
Continental
How wide are they?
25
What is your wheel size?
700
How long is your commute?
5mi
What is the general average terrain?
Flat... very flat.
Ashphalt, dusty road, pebbles, bumps?
concrete roads and sidewalks
General weather conditions for your commute? 30% heavy rain...snow...sunshine...etc...
Hot and dry (well, humid... but not wet), except tonight... looks like scattered T-storms.
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Commuters,
A brief general tire questionnaire for you commuters...

What tires do you use?

Bontrager RaceLite HardCase

How wide are they?
What is your wheel size?

700cx32

How long is your commute?

12 miles

What is the general average terrain?

Ashphalt, concrete.

General weather conditions for your commute?

Dry Heat
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26x2.0 big apples on both bikes (mtn bike and lht). 13 mile r/t commute, but I've been on a several week streak of 30-50 mile days.

Terrain is asphalt mup or bike lane, but it's all messy (broken beer bottles on one, car debris on the other). Weather is PNW, drizzle (perked up to thunderstorms the last 2 days) 9 months of the year, dust the rest. (actually this year was a looooooooong winter, frosts over something like a 4-5 month span)
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What tires do you use?

Continental ultragatorskins with kevlar

How wide are they?

28mm (700x28)

What is your wheel size?

700c

How long is your commute?

It has varied from 35 to 60 miles a day, average probably around 45 miles a day.

What is the general average terrain? Ashphalt, dusty road, pebbles, bumps?

Everything you'll find in an urban/suburban environment, ranging from nice smooth asphalt on the freeway shoulder to a bit of singletrack paralleling creeks and stormwater easements.

General weather conditions for your commute? 30% heavy rain...snow...sunshine...etc...

Temperate/subtropical climate. Mostly dry, ranging from hot to cold but no snow or ice.
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What tires do you use?

Schwalbe Marathons.

How wide are they?

1.35" or so, I believe. Slicks.

What is your wheel size?

26"

How long is your commute?

I have several "commutes" - most between 5 and 10 miles away.

What is the general average terrain? Ashphalt, dusty road, pebbles, bumps?

The usual Toronto roads. You should be familiar with them. Can get pretty potholy and bumpy.

General weather conditions for your commute? 30% heavy rain...snow...sunshine...etc...

The whole gamut of Toronto weather. I run these tires when the ground is dry or wet. If there is slush/snow on the ground, I replace the front tire with a fat knobby.
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