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Old 02-18-09, 10:51 AM
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Good road tire for commuting?

I'm thinking of getting a pair for Gatorskin Continentals, seems like a durable tire at an affordable price. Anyone else have any recommendations or can point me to a site where there are tire reviews?
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Old 02-18-09, 11:05 AM
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Gatorskins, Specialized Armadillos, and multiple flavors of Schwalbe Marathons all get good reviews here. As puncture resistant tires, they are slower and heavier than the more race-worthy varieties and are often difficult to mount. But they seriously reduce the number of flats you'll get.
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Old 02-18-09, 11:07 AM
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I've got a Gator on my road bike. Couple thousand miles, and I don't think it's had a puncture. Not that I can recall, anyway.

I like them because they offer good protection but still feel like a tire instead of rolling on a block of wood. No serious trouble with mounting.

Mine's squaring off, so I plan to move it to the front and get another for the rear. I'm happy with it.
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Old 02-18-09, 11:55 AM
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I used a thinner version of this tire and it was great all summer last summer. I was getting 4-5 flats a week and these tires fixed the problem completely:

http://mikesbikes.com/itemdetails.cfm?LibID=50221

This is a really good price for these also.
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Old 02-18-09, 11:57 AM
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gator skins have served me well in the past. recently I have been running the specialized roubiax 700/23-25's with good success
 
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Originally Posted by manaknight22 View Post
I'm thinking of getting a pair for Gatorskin Continentals, seems like a durable tire at an affordable price. Anyone else have any recommendations or can point me to a site where there are tire reviews?
Any of the aforementioned brands including the Gatorskins will do the job of being 'flat-resistant'. They ALL lower the percentage by quite a bit. The only 'flat-proof' tires are airless. But, the various brands have their problems the least of which is being slower by 2-3 mph.

Regardless of what you choose get yourself a KoolStop tire tool and you'll avoid lots of foul language and 'pinch flats'. Generally, the consensus best 'flat-resistant' pneumatic is the Schwalbe Marathon Plus. They DO come in 25mm, but are slightly larger due to the extra layer of rubber. They're heavy, hard to mount and roll slower than standard pneumatics of the same size. The up side is that one can 'set 'em and forget 'em'. I've got 3 commuter bikes w/them and my 4th has Nu-Teck airless, so you can tell I'm pretty obsessive about NOT flatting.

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Old 02-18-09, 01:22 PM
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I'm switching to Marathon Racer 30". Upgrading from the 23" will make my commuter road bike more comfortable. The only reason I use a 25" on my fixie is this the largest tire it will take.
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Not exactly as affordable as some of those others, but the Continental GP-4 seasons are wonderful. I have a thread in the other forum talking about how I have yet to have a flat with them in about 3k miles. They were about $60 a piece, iirc, but were well worth it.
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I use 23mm specialised armadillos, they are good tyres quite hard to get on though!
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Originally Posted by nashcommguy View Post
Generally, the consensus best 'flat-resistant' pneumatic is the Schawlbe Marathon Plus.
This is dependent on what you are getting flats from. I wrote Schwalbe in regards to their recommendation for a tire to deal with goat head thorns and they graciously told me the puncture resistant material covered the rolling contact part of the wheel and that goat head thorns have a remarkable ability to flip around and still puncture the tire outside this area.

That having been said if you don't have goat heads then the Schwalbe's are awesome tires, I really like my Marathon Winters. If you do have goat heads or a LOT of road debris the Armadillos are the way to go. They use a special kevlar weave from the others and have a wider band of protection, and normally beat out other brands in puncture resistance. They are not responsive and are a little slow, but it was a trade off I was willing to make since I was getting 4-5 flats a week.
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Originally Posted by breakaway9 View Post
This is dependent on what you are getting flats from. I wrote Schwalbe in regards to their recommendation for a tire to deal with goat head thorns and they graciously told me the puncture resistant material covered the rolling contact part of the wheel and that goat head thorns have a remarkable ability to flip around and still puncture the tire outside this area.

That having been said if you don't have goat heads then the Schwalbe's are awesome tires, I really like my Marathon Winters. If you do have goat heads or a LOT of road debris the Armadillos are the way to go. They use a special kevlar weave from the others and have a wider band of protection, and normally beat out other brands in puncture resistance. They are not responsive and are a little slow, but it was a trade off I was willing to make since I was getting 4-5 flats a week.
Isn't that, generally, what one would get with a Marathon Extreme?

PS - I don't have to deal with goatheads, so I love my Marathon Supremes...
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Originally Posted by jdmitch View Post
Isn't that, generally, what one would get with a Marathon Extreme?

PS - I don't have to deal with goatheads, so I love my Marathon Supremes...
I would have thought the rep would have mentioned it if he thought they would have been a good solution...

I was actually hoping he was going to tell me the Supreme's would work out well, I really like the look of them, the weight and the fact that they are supposed to be really good in the wet... I will still probably get a set of these for longer rides and touring...
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Originally Posted by bcarter6 View Post
Not exactly as affordable as some of those others, but the Continental GP-4 seasons are wonderful. I have a thread in the other forum talking about how I have yet to have a flat with them in about 3k miles. They were about $60 a piece, iirc, but were well worth it.
Or... you can pay $35. No Tax. Free shipping.

http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=Y1094
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