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Old 04-11-11, 02:13 PM
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Paved Path & Crushed Limestone Tires

I am currently riding a Schwinn DBX Super Sport and looking to upgrade the current 700x25 Vittoria Zafiro's. I have been perusing the forums relentlessly and haven't found a good topic thread for paved path & limestone trail tires. I am looking for a tire that will handle well on crushed limestone trails and paved paths. Any suggestions or good experiences? Thanks!
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Old 04-11-11, 02:21 PM
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What kind of tire clearance do you have on that bike? If you can fit a pair of 28 or 32mm tires then my standard suggestion is the Panaracer Pasela or Pasela TG.
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Old 04-11-11, 02:29 PM
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I'm pretty sure I can fit up to a 35mm if I wanted to. My preference is to stick closer to 32mm as +/-80% of my riding will be on paved road/paths. I will have to check them out as the LBS has them in stock. Thanks!
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I use a 32mm Pasela TG on my brevet bike, and last year during a 300k we had about 24-ish km of loose unpaved gravel. Those tires had no problems, and this was big ol' driveway gravel, not crushed limestone path stuff.
For the price, I haven't found anything to rival them.
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I've ridden plenty of Cr limestone WI trails on regular road 23's and 25's without problem .... except in the spring before they dry out and are soft.
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As the last poster alluded to, the real question is - will you be riding gravel paths in the rain? I ride 23c tires on gravel paths myself (though I ended buying a very nice carbon frame so that doing so was comfortable - wasn't real comfortable with some of the other frames I tried). But 23c won't work in the rain.

Like someone else said as well, for a cheaper commuter tire I like the Panasela's as well, though I personally ride some sort of Specialized S-Works tire (came with the bike).

If you ride the trail when it's raining you probably want a wider tire, though.
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Old 04-14-11, 05:43 AM
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Specialized Armadillos. Bombproof tire, excellent against flats. I'm getting over 5k on these before I have to replace. They'll handle anything you roll over them with.
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I really really like my Schwalbe Marathons. Mine are 47c but measure closer to 44c on my rims. I've also had another pair of Schwalbe tyres that are equally great, tough a totally different tyre at 30c and a cyclocross tyre. Therefore I can recommend Schwalbes, but can't really comment on any others mentioned.

The Marathons I have a plenty fast for their beefiness, and are oh so nice to ride. Remember, just like girls, fat bottomed tyres make the rockin' world go round. Also they grip like mad on anything.
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You will be OK with tires wider than about 27 mm (or 1.25" for you cats riding older bicycles).

Watch out for holes in the trails from washouts and chipmunks and other burrowing animals. we have a lot of abyss deep holes in our trails from animals and sink holds. They are small enough not to notice when you are zoned out and cruising along at 12 MPH. You hit them and then go flying head over heals over your handlebars.

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28mm or wider will handle almost any condition that you will find in an urban environment, including crushed paths. The wider you go the more comfortable, but wider tires are also (typically) slower so it's definitely a compromise.

I think the sweet spot is from 28-35mm. For lighter riders I recommend 28c, and for heavier guys I recommend 32c. If you are over 250lbs, I recommend 35c for the increased shock absorption.
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WTB has a mixed surface tread on the Allterainasaurus, they have a 32 ,
tread lugs for gravel road uphills when traction lugs may help
but rolls OK on road, though same lugs slow rolling a trifle ..
Slick 'tread' rolls better on pavement, it's a trade off
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Originally Posted by vaultbrad View Post
I really really like my Schwalbe Marathons. Mine are 47c but measure closer to 44c on my rims. I've also had another pair of Schwalbe tyres that are equally great, tough a totally different tyre at 30c and a cyclocross tyre. Therefore I can recommend Schwalbes, but can't really comment on any others mentioned.

The Marathons I have a plenty fast for their beefiness, and are oh so nice to ride. Remember, just like girls, fat bottomed tyres make the rockin' world go round. Also they grip like mad on anything.
+1 regular Schwalbe Marathons are a great balance on this type of surface - suggest 28 or 32 mm on a road bike.
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^yup. My next marathons(if these ever die) will
Be in the 32-38 range. 47 is monster.
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