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Old 02-04-15, 10:30 AM
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tires for my commute

Riding 5-6 miles each way to town and back and 99% paved bike paths with bumps at intersections a few slightly rough areas. Planning on getting a anyroad 1 wondering if the knobbier stock tires will slow me down? Any advice would be amazing thanks alot!

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Probably a little. Sometimes this sort of tire has a ridge down the middle that keeps the ride smooth on pavement, but these don't look that way.

You have nigh-infinite choices in this size or skinnier. You can get thin supple racy tires, hard wearing heavily armored tires, cheap tires, expensive tires, in any color.
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Okay yes I will probably have to get those switched out. Think the little knobbys would help take small bumps better then slick or is that all about the width.. I just figured they would only help with traction on loose terrian and slow me down
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Slow down is relative. Are they as fast as slick tires designed for pavement? No. However, for such a short commute the time savings from switching to slicks is probably negligible, depending on how much you value your time and how much energy you are willing to expend to pedal harder (using the knobbies).
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Okay yes I will probably have to get those switched out. Think the little knobbys would help take small bumps better then slick or is that all about the width.. I just figured they would only help with traction on loose terrian and slow me down
This is correct. Width of the tires is more important if you are concerned about bumps/potholes. All the knobbies do is improve traction aka add more rolling resistance
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Not ideal, I'd go with something like...
X'PLOR MSO | Clement Cycling, Cyclocross Tires, Adventure Tires, Mountain Bike Tires, Road Bike Tires

or one of the many cross tires that have a diamond pattern in the center but then have knobbies on the sides.
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I just figured they would only help with traction on loose terrian and slow me down
That's right. A dirt road is not offroad and slight or no tread is usually fine.

There's always style to consider too. Plenty of people in the world ride around the suburbs on mountain and cross and dual sport and gravel bikes with knobbies because they look tough and imply you could take the bike offroad if you wanted, even if you never do. Same as SUV's.
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The schwalbies sound great. Prolly gonna get some of the 38mm smoother rolling tire for my bumpy pavement commute. Thanks so much for the recommendation
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What's the advantage of a folding tire? Are they more forgiving on bumps?
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easier to mount and un-mount in my opinion. An congrats on the new bike...nice choice. I would make a change in brakes though. Pick up some TRP HY\RD or Spyres... Avid BB5 suck eggs.
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What's the advantage of a folding tire? Are they more forgiving on bumps?
Lighter since the bead is kevlar rather than steel.

And they fold.
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What's the advantage of a folding tire? Are they more forgiving on bumps?
Easy to carry an extra on a tour. Lighter weight. That's about it, imho. Also more expensive and more difficult to install the first time (need to conform to a new shape).
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Thanks havnt bought it yet tho. But I tested it and it feels nice like how it handles the bumps. Good transition from a hybrid or maybe it is still technically a hybrid.. So as long as its still there I'm just gonna see what they wil do to get different tires on and some acessories on it then hopefully I can take it home ! ( as long as it's still there)

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Looking for tires that are ideal for pavement but will tolerate dirt roads when need to. Path will be all pavement most of it worn with some potholes I'm bound to hit. Any one know some good ones other then schwalbe want to check out few diff kinds before picking. will be riding up to 20 miles on cyclocross turned commuter bike I'm planning to get soon. Willing to pay extra for something very durable. Any thoughts or help is greatly appreciated thanks
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It's frustrating to answer you since there are dozens, maybe hundreds of tires this size, from $15 to $80, and none of us have tried them all. We can only tell you whether we like what we're currently using or just finished with. I'm riding Paselas in 32mm x 27" which would not fit your bike. They ride ok but get thorns. I might get something with armor next time. Or I might get 700c wheels and 28c racing tires just to see if they are really nice to ride. Or I might drink the rando kool-aid. Or I might get tires with green sidewalls to match my frame, even though they're all super narrow. Who knows?

Ask the bike shop what they recommend or what they have, they might just swap you on the spot for free or cheap.
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