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Good road tire for terrible roads?

Old 11-20-14, 08:33 AM
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Good road tire for terrible roads?

Greetings! So... I ride a 2014 Cross Check with the stock tires (Kenda Slant Six, 35s). My commute is about four miles each way, mildly hilly, in NorCal so no real weather issues.

The ride is all pavement (and I don't really do any other off-roading) so I've been planning on buying some slicks, but the catch is that the pavement is -terrible- -- giant potholes, broken glass, metal plates, flaming oil, caltrops, blah blah. I was getting a flat a week on my previous road bike.

Anybody have any recommendations for a super-bulletproof road tire that's still going to be faster than the tires I'm rolling now? Or should I just save the $100 or so and wait till my current tires wear out? Thanks!
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I don't suspect this is going to be a unique recommendation, and it probably wont be faster than your current, but if flat protection is the main thing, get the biggest marathon plus's you can fit. If the rough road is the big thing, try the biggest big apples you can fit, and use a flat resistant tube, with a securely installed tire liner.

And of course.. the most important thing. Do you very best to safely avoid the broken glass and other road hazards.
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What does your full commuting setup weigh?

And what kind of flats are you getting? Tread punctures? Sidewall punctures? Pinch flats?

Probably something like this would work well:

Continental Contact II Clincher Road Tyre - Black Sports & Leisure | ProBikeKit.com

28 or 32 up front, 32 or 37 on the rear, unless you're blindly riding over some nasty potholes.
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I'd probably do gatorskins... or maybe even something from this page Continental Bicycle -Overview City / Trekking / ATB
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I personally would run 700x38 Panaracer Pasela TG's, they roll well, wear really well and are very comfy. To top it off you can usually find them rather cheap.
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The problem with puncture resistant tires is that they (1) have harder, less penetrable rubber and (2) have layer(s) of puncture resistance in them making the tires heavier and therefore, may work for you in terms of puncture resistance but not in terms of "faster". I like my Continental Tour tires and also the Michelin Pilot Sport that I had on another bike. My Michelins haven't been ridden a lot but have had no punctures, the Continental Tours have about 4,000km on them with only one puncture and little tread wear (at this rate, I expect to get as much as 10,000km out of the rear tire alone but this summer's laden touring may reduce that). You could opt for faster tires and suffer through more flats, flat resistant tires and less speed or somewhere in the middle. Flats annoy the heck out of me so flat resistance is where I'm at.

People here really like the Pasela's as mentioned above as well as the Continental Grand Prix 4 Season.
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I've been running vittoria randonneur cross 26 X 1.75 tires, they have proven to be an outstanding do-it-all tire with exceptional flat protection.
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I have similar road conditions to the OP, and I am really happy w/ marathon supremes and extremes (not sure they make the latter anymore). Cost more but worth it. Do avoid the potholes though, and that means not over-riding your headlights. Any tire can only protect your rim so much...

(did you know you could hit something hard enough to dent your rim and not get a pinch flat in the mix?)
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Brand touting, aside, the features that resist punctures well also add weight, making the Tire feel slower ..

also less rubber in the tread saves weight, so 'faster' .. But again... lowers puncture resistance.

your choice: heavier resist road damage, vs light & 'fast'..

Maybe wait till dry weather when you can see & avoid more road hazards.
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Panaracer Pasela ProTex Tire 700 x 35 on the way! Thanks so much for the advice, y'all.
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