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Old 11-06-13, 06:32 PM
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Tire choice for LHT

HI I commute 7 miles each way, mostly flat, one hill. If I get energetic maybe I will cut out the train ride that would had about another 5 miles each way.


I already have 2 bikes set up to do the commute, both with rear racks and beverage crates. Both are steel framed. One has 27" wheels and has Pasela TG 1.25" tires. Other has 700c wheels and has one Pasela TG and one T-Serve tire, both 32mm (soon to have 2 T-serves.) I'm getting premature sidewall wear on the folding Pasela TG tires so I like T-Serve better. These setups work fine for the commute, I wouldnt want thinner tires because I am riding over some potholes, cracks and trying to avoid glass and debris in roads on city streets.

Anyway, I got a used LHT with 26" wheels. It has the stock Continental City Contact 1.5" tires that are well worn, with cracks all over the tires. They ride good.

Im shopping for new tires for the LHT. I am thinking of Tserve 1.5" 26". But I am also considering Big Apple 2.1". Also maybe the current Continental Contact model in 1.5"since they work ok. (I see various models online, ie the Tour Contact II and Comfort Contact.)

I dont do any touring or camping but if and when I do, I will likely use the LHT. Im thinking in that situation, if i am with a small group of other riders (I know some people who do overnight camping trips now, biking 30-40 miles each way, self contained, over hills) that I may be slowed down by the wider Big Apples over say the 1.5" Tserves. Ive never ridden Big Apples so I dont know.

IF anyone has any strong opinions Tserve 1.5 OR Tserve 1.75 or Big Apple 2.1, or some other best choice, for commuting and bike camping, weekend trips with panniers, pls tell me. Im looking for the usual qualities in a good commuting tire, low resistance v. flat protection but also have this potential small weekend trip use with panniers, and also since i already have bikes with Tserve and Pasela TG, would consider somethign different.
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Old 11-06-13, 07:32 PM
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I really like Panaracer T-Serv's in 26 inch as a front tire. For me (a heavy Clyde who often rides loaded), I prefer something with a bit stiffer sidewall for a rear tire. For this I run Vittoria Randonneur Pros in 1.5 inch. I buy the 1.75" labeled T-Serv's because they run a little small. These seem closer to 1.5 inch. I run them at the high end of the listed pressure for the 1.5" T Servs (75 PSI). I've found them to be fairly durable, with excellent flat resistance, grippy, and the high rubber content means they have a little give. I've had my commuter set up with a T-Serv up front and a Rando Pro in the rear for almost two years now and really like this set up. I've toured on both the above combination and Vittoria Rando Pros front and rear, and can recommend both set ups for dirt roads and gravel in addition to their usual milieu (pavement). I actually do a regular a half mile of tame single track on that set up as well.

If you are curious about Big Apples and like T-Servs, I'd take a look at the Big Bens. They look just like T-Servs to me, but are made by Schwalbe and come in 2.00 and 2.15 with their vaunted Marathon level of protection. When I can spare the cash, I'm going to try a set of these on my foul weather bike for when it doesn't need the Haakapellittas but I want to take it in instead of my regular commuter.
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I recently put some Pasela 26x1.75 on a tandem. I really like them. I've also been a fan of the Schwalbe Marathon for quite a while.

There are a ton of good options for 26" tires.
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Originally Posted by GaryinLA View Post
I dont do any touring or camping but if and when I do, I will likely use the LHT. Im thinking in that situation, if i am with a small group of other riders (I know some people who do overnight camping trips now, biking 30-40 miles each way, self contained, over hills) that I may be slowed down by the wider Big Apples over say the 1.5" Tserves. Ive never ridden Big Apples so I dont know.
My take on that is if you're going self-supported touring then a 2.1" tire vs 1.5" is not going to be a big factor slowing you down. BTW hills are pretty much irrelevant in that equation.
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I recently purchased a pair of Marathon Supremes in 26 x 2.0. They are excellent for commuting on and off road, as well as for touring. At 565g, not too heavy, but really durable and excellent traction. Been using the same tire in 700 x 35 for some time, and very happy with it. Also have the BAs in 26 x 2.35, and while a great tire for offroad riding and tooling around, it's a little too much tire for regular commuting duty. The BAs in 2.15 may be better, but I'd still pick the Supremes.
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Conti Travel contact seemed fine, just had 'experts' saying my knobby tires needed replacing
because they didn't understand the wide slick band that made them roll well and wear long
was intentional .. and the fringe of knobs were there for dirt road, (now Gravel-grinder) traction .

Just made in 559-47 & 622-37..
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Thanks for all the info. I actually have a pair of 26 x 2.0 or 2.1 Schwalbe Big Ben (or maybe little ben) that i got in near new condition used and have on a Bridgestone MB3 project bike but i cant ride it yet becuase the bike is such a bad fit for me with stem and bars (I tried once.) I dont want to take the tires off that bike becuase it is inefficient to keep moving parts back and forth. Also i cant use the wheels so easily from that bike on my LHT-- the MB3 has 5 speed cassette in back and may screw up my derailler and brake adjustment if I adjust it for the old wheels, and the wheels may be diff sized hubs. The LHT has stock wheels which are 9 speed, probably a few years old (bike is black frame.) So I am leaving those tires on the MB3 in the back of the garage for now. I put about 30 miles on them once 6 months ago.

The Marathon Supreme are $60 a tire so Im not thinking of those becuase I'd rather get Tserve or Big Apples for about $42 each. Maybe I am shortsighted but this LHT is just a side project for me, I have 2 commuters already set up as I said.

I see there's various model of Kenda tires. Im wondering if any of them are worth using. I have a pair of Kenda 1.25 27" on a 1987 Schwinn Voyager (they came on the used bike, often people put on the cheapest new tires prior to sale) and they work ok but I can't say i like them, compared to Pasela TG. I saw a bike on the street today with 26" 2" Kenda Komfort and they sort of look like Big Apples. I see the Kenda Kwest online but i read people dont like the high pressure model so much and the low pressure model has that issue too. So right now I am leaning toward Tserve 1.5 or 1.75", or maybe moving over my Ben tires becuase Im not sure when I will get around to getting the mb3 up to speed. It needs complete tuneup work and new seat and diff stem to fit me, and after all that it is only a 10 speed, double crank in front. I got it cheap from someone who was cleaning out their garage.
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I have an 8 mile commute, and based on feedback here I recently equipped my old rigid '88 Rockhopper with 26" x 2.0" Serfa Drifters (available at REI ~$35ea.). Liked 'em so much I bought four more for my grown son's and wife's bike.

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Liked 'em so much I bought four more for my grown son's and wife's bike.

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... Oh, they ride a tandem I take it, and put on lots of miles so you got two extra tires? ...just messin' with ya!
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