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Old 07-21-04, 11:44 AM
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What are the opinions out there for the best commuting tire (road)? Possible factors could be weight, width, tread, expense, reflective tape, weather conditions, whatever...

Just want to hear some good advice on what is available.
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I use Primo Comet Kevlar's, but I've also heard good things about Specialized Armadillos. It depends on what size tire you need.

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I forgot to mention, I've had no flats so far on these tires.

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I'd nominate the Schwalbe Marathon Plus. I went from a flat a month to no flats in seven months. Low rolling resistance, reflective tape, a good track for running sidewall generators. If weight is a consideration, I should mention that this is about the heaviest tire made. I consider this a virtue. Besides, the low rolling resistance more than compensates for a few extra total pounds.

For winter use, I like my Nokian 160 Haks. Suddenly, ice is a wonderful, smooth surface to ride on. You can ride on days when you can't drive.

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I've used Specialized Nimbus EX's for about three years now with no complaints
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Panaracer Messenger: 700Cx28

After 3 flats in under 200 miles and a tire worn out in 500 miles, I put these on. Another 1200 miles without a flat.

They have a tread and I think they have Kevlar. I suppose rolling resistance is probably a ton higher, but I'd rather deal with that than flats.
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300 flat-free miles on 700-28 nimbus armadillos.
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300 flat-free miles on 700-28 nimbus armadillos.
I can see that you're not a bit superstitious.
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Hi,
tires come in all types of sizes, thicknesses, and level of quality.
I do most of my riding on Rivendell Ruffy Tuffy tires. They weigh 320 grams, which is a lot less than a typical commuter tire. But they have a kevlar belt, they're reliable, and they're lively, and they have a sweet ride... I love them. The only downside is that they cost.

If you want something more rugged, you have a ton of choices. Mostly they boil down into 2 categories, A little heavier and a lot heavier. The Armadillo is a little heavier. Most of the others are quite heavy. I have Conti Top Touring on my commuter, which is another tire to consider. I like the looks of the Panaracer Crosstown. It looks indestructible and has a cool reflective strip like 3M relflective tape. http://www.panaracer.com/05lineup/urban/eurban_1.html
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Just thought I'd throw in another accolade for Specialized Nimbus Armadillo. I have a set 700x.38 on a cyclocross bike I've used almost every day for about two years, and maybe 2000 miles. No flats, and the tread is still in decent shape. Once I ran over a large box staple that penetrated about 1/4-inch into the tires; when I pulled the staple out, the tire was fine.

Armadillo tires are available in a variety of sizes for both 700c and I think 26" tires (I'm not positive about 26" b/c I've never bought any). They're tough mo-fos.
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Originally Posted by AlanK
Just thought I'd throw in another accolade for Specialized Nimbus Armadillo. I have a set 700x.38 on a cyclocross bike I've used almost every day for about two years, and maybe 2000 miles. No flats, and the tread is still in decent shape. Once I ran over a large box staple that penetrated about 1/4-inch into the tires; when I pulled the staple out, the tire was fine.

Armadillo tires are available in a variety of sizes for both 700c and I think 26" tires (I'm not positive about 26" b/c I've never bought any). They're tough mo-fos.
There are several Armadillo versions availiable for 26" wheels
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Using Schwalbe Marathon (not as rugged as the Marathon Plus, but cheaper and lighter) and they're great. Switched from 2.2 knobby tires and the difference in speed is very noticeable...
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Armadillo tires are about as indestructible as they come. I have 1500 miles on a set with no flats.
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Old 07-22-04, 12:36 PM
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If you can find them, Vredenstein FlexSport are as tough as Marathons but much lighter and faster. Compared to Panarcer they are much cheaper. I get about 1puncture/2000miles (dont worry, Ive just had my most recent flat on Sunday, so I can talk about it).
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Originally Posted by Raiyn
I can see that you're not a bit superstitious.
Should I be?
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Originally Posted by DogBoy
Should I be?
I never say the f-word in regards to my tires. I merely say that I have no problems. Much safer that way as many here will tell you that saying the f-word usually means you'll have two of them on the same day, on the same tire, within five miles of each other.
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Originally Posted by PaulH
I'd nominate the Schwalbe Marathon Plus. I went from a flat a month to no flats in seven months. Low rolling resistance, reflective tape, a good track for running sidewall generators. If weight is a consideration, I should mention that this is about the heaviest tire made. I consider this a virtue. Besides, the low rolling resistance more than compensates for a few extra total pounds.

For winter use, I like my Nokian 160 Haks. Suddenly, ice is a wonderful, smooth surface to ride on. You can ride on days when you can't drive.

Paul
I'm with Paul on both accounts.

I've been running Marathons (or one model or another) and several of my bikes for a while now and I've found them to be very tough (although they are a bit heavy--just think of it as extra training). I run these whenever there's no snow and ice, even in the winter.

When theirs ice, snow, and whatnot, the Nokians rule. Although, the new Nashbar studded tires have been pretty well reviewed (check out Icebike), so perhaps I'll give them a shot this year, as they're a lot less expensive than the Nokians.
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Armadillos are what I run on and they are tuff tires....they are fairly heavy and not real responsive but I don't carry a flat kit so I needs um.
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Armadillos are tough, no doubt. But I didn't care for them much as
tires. In the 700x28c size the All Condition Armadillos weigh 456 gr.
My Ruffy Tuffy are a 27c and weigh 320 gr. They are not as tough as an armadillo, but they are a lot quicker,and ride smoothly.
Basically they weigh nearly as much as the heavyweights ( The TT
2000 weighs 490 gr in a 28c.). They are a good value for the money.
But there are several other similar tires. The 'other' tires have a variety of attributes (some have a nicer ride, some are ungodly tough, etc) that would make them stand out as a better choice for me if I was looking for a heavier tire.
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Wow! Thanks for all the info! I think this thread will help many people. I think I am looking for a happy medium, somewhat responsive but fairly tough. I have a 20 mile commute each way, not including any errands which would put me at least 30.
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I have been using Ritchey cross max....700x35, and with tire liners inside, I have only had one flat in the last two years.
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been real happy with bonganger race lite hardcase. I am a big guy and I have about 2500 miles on them and still have some wear left. the only flats have been on the inside of the tube. they have glass and metal stuck in them and still no problems.
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Continental Ultra-Gatorskins, kevlar-belted.

I put them on back in November, some 3000 commuter miles ago.
Good ride, long-wear. 700 x 25, around $38 US
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Originally Posted by Bryan T
Continental Ultra-Gatorskins, kevlar-belted.

I put them on back in November, some 3000 commuter miles ago.
Good ride, long-wear. 700 x 25, around $38 US
Same tires i use. What tubes do you all recommend? Will just the cheapies at the LBS work, or do the Conti brand tend to hold up better? No difference?
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Originally Posted by s2sxiii
Same tires i use. What tubes do you all recommend? Will just the cheapies at the LBS work, or do the Conti brand tend to hold up better? No difference?
Matter of opinion. Some people will tell you to avoid Conti tubes like the plague because of an alleged defect. Personally I like them and haven't had any issues with quality what so ever in any bike I've put them in road or mountain. In fact I rather like the way they do their schraeder valves on their MTB tubes it's threaded like a presta valve all the way down.
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whatever tubes the LBS is stocking that day.

I've never had issues with tubes.
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