Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

Which set of tires should I run on my commuter?

Notices
Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Which set of tires should I run on my commuter?

Old 07-05-13, 05:51 PM
  #1  
rms13
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,517
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 276 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 2 Posts
Which set of tires should I run on my commuter?

I have been using the stock tires that came with my Cross Check which are 700x32 Ritchey Speedmax Comp. I really have no problem with these tires. I just did a quick 10 mile ride before work with some coworkers a few days ago and I had no problem keeping up or even setting the pace with my bike while everyone else had more expensive road bikes with 700x23 road tires. But I have not taken the bike off road with the exception of a few short hard pack dirt and gravel trails. I may eventually want to test it off road but it will probably be on paved roads 95% of the time. I have a set of CST Sensamo Firenze tires that have less than 100 miles on them. They are 700x38 grooved slicks with reflective side wall and supposedly more puncture resistant

https://www.csttires.com/Bicycle/City...o-Firenze.aspx


I think they are comparable in price and quality. If you were me, would swap over the CST tires this weekend?
rms13 is offline  
Old 07-05-13, 06:42 PM
  #2  
Bill Kapaun
Really Old Senior Member
 
Bill Kapaun's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Mid Willamette Valley, Orygun
Posts: 12,778

Bikes: 87 RockHopper,2008 Specialized Globe. Both upgraded to 9 speeds.

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1371 Post(s)
Liked 603 Times in 451 Posts
Swap one and try it. You can decide if you want to swap the other or go back to what you had.
Bill Kapaun is offline  
Old 07-05-13, 07:16 PM
  #3  
rms13
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,517
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 276 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun View Post
Swap one and try it. You can decide if you want to swap the other or go back to what you had.
Ahh, good thinking. I have have a lot of experience swapping tires on my single speed but I've never had to take the rear wheel off of a geared bike so that will be a learning experience. I will swap the front first and see if I like it before tackling the rear
rms13 is offline  
Old 07-05-13, 08:11 PM
  #4  
DJ Shaun
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada
Posts: 292

Bikes: Diamondback Copperhead (hardtail, winter bike), 2014 Giant Rapid 2, 2015 Kona Big Rove ST

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by rms13 View Post
Ahh, good thinking. I have have a lot of experience swapping tires on my single speed but I've never had to take the rear wheel off of a geared bike so that will be a learning experience. I will swap the front first and see if I like it before tackling the rear
Just shift the chain onto the smallest rear cog before removing the rear wheel.

Personally if I have two tires of different widths I but the wider one in front.
DJ Shaun is offline  
Old 07-08-13, 06:55 PM
  #5  
rms13
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: SoCal
Posts: 6,517
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 276 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 2 Posts
I ended up putting the CST 700x38 on the front and rear and had my first commute with them today. They make the bike noticeably more heavy, but I'm commuting not racing so no worries there. I love the feeling of the extra wide tires. There is one section of my commute where they have been doing road work for weeks and the pavement is all chewed up so it's like riding over tree branches for about 20 yards and I roll right over like it was nothing. The added bonus is the reflective sidewalls which you can see in the attached photo I took with a flash
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
CAM00028[2].jpg (96.6 KB, 11 views)
rms13 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
af2nr
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
7
12-27-16 07:03 AM
someoneonabike
Mountain Biking
0
05-11-16 03:50 AM
daihard
Road Cycling
62
04-27-15 02:24 PM
ElMono
Bicycle Mechanics
15
05-03-11 10:34 AM
asiamj
Cyclocross and Gravelbiking (Recreational)
7
09-19-10 04:18 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.