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Old 03-03-13, 08:15 PM
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Tire reccomendations for rough pavement and packed dirt?

I just started commuting to a new job site, and the route is several miles of alternating rough pavement and packed dirt fire roads. I love not having to share the roads with cars... but don't really love how skiddy my tires were.

By "rough pavement" I mean really bumpy, tooth rattling, pothole ridden rural roads. The dirt trail is pretty smooth in comparison, though it does have its share of bumps. It's mostly packed sandy dirt, with a little loose gravel in some spots. It's been wet when I rode there and mud wasn't too much of a problem but the dirt was still a little slippery.

The tires I've got right now are 27x1 1/4 slicks, they work okay on the pavement but give a pretty harsh ride. Then when I get to the dirt they're not so great - I could feel them slipping on some of the turns and had to slow down to keep from crashing. Anyone have recommendations for something grippier that wouldn't slow me down too much? Clearance is not an issue. Thanks in advance for any help!
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You can find 27 cyclocross tires; kenda 161, Schwalbe marathon, etc
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Schwalbe Marathon if you want rougher and bombproof, if you don't mind flats that much and want a smoother ride - get any old non-kevlar reinforced tyre with similar thread pattern to Schwalbe Marathons.

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I have Schwalbe Smart Sams on by bike and I ride pavement and some off road with them ...

do you really mean 27s?

here's the North American link

https://www.schwalbetires.com/bike_ti...ires/smart_sam
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I would put as wide as you can fit on your bike or something around 2"would be good.
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Might look at 2 of these 4

https://www.biketiresdirect.com/searc...linchwire=true
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[h=1]I also like these:

Continental Tour Ride - 27 Inch[/h]
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I second the recommendation for cyclocross tires. I've got some Ritchey Speedmax Pros that are great on trails, dirt roads and rough pavement. Not sure if they are available in 27" though -- or any cross tire for that matter.
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https://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...ucts_id=422261 - This
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Yeah those or the Kenda 161's. Run them about 40-45 psi.
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