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Old 03-07-22, 03:47 PM
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I have serious first world problem

All the gravel roads are now paved the only gravel is my driveway. I was thinking about 700x32 Continental Grand Prix tires. Do any of you run these and if so what do you think about them. To keep this in the spirit of FOO I know itís Monday but after a manual labor day I am having some bottle water lol. On a more serious note what ya think about the tires Iím thinking about?


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Old 03-07-22, 06:38 PM
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No thoughts on tires, just enjoying the Pusheen stickers.
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Old 03-07-22, 09:26 PM
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I have and do enjoy Conti's. They make a great tire. I run 28's on my road bike and they are still quite fast feeling. I don't have the spacing to run larger, or I would cause I am fat boi.
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Originally Posted by Juan Foote View Post
I have and do enjoy Conti's. They make a great tire. I run 28's on my road bike and they are still quite fast feeling. I don't have the spacing to run larger, or I would cause I am fat boi.
32s because my itís a gravel bike but that is the smallest the rim width will tolerate. Wanting to glide faster on the road.
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Old 03-08-22, 01:39 AM
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Go for it, if the tires fit. Any supple fatter tire should be nice all around. Check the Soma website for bargains on really sweet supple tires for mixed terrain. I bought two or three sets of Soma Supple Vitesse SL a couplafew years ago for $14 each, an incredible value for super lightweight but remarkably durable tires. Studies and perceptions by pros and experienced riders on YouTube and elsewhere show that good quality fatter tires with low rolling resistance aren't slower in real world conditions.

Many of my cycling buds have morphed from roadies to mixed terrain/gravel bikes for this reason. And because the public roads are rapidly deteriorating into kill zones, especially throughout the pandemic. Violent crimes, murder rates, road rage and traffic fatalities due to recklessness have increased about 50% since 2019 nationwide.

I won't ride in daytime anymore in my area, other than some Sundays or holidays. If I ride at all I wait until midnight to start. Less traffic, fewer murderous maniacs. Seriously, the late night drunks aren't nearly as terrible as the commuter killers. And on some nearby city streets there's a risk of catching a bullet from random gunfire. Anyway, my neck has been killing me for months, due to old injuries (hit by cars twice since 2001). So I haven't ridden outdoors at all since October 2021. Mostly I run, jog or just walk on bad days.

All of my drop bar bikes are limited to 700x25 tires. I have 700x25 on most of them now, but I'm probably gonna sell or trade for a mixed terrain bike that will handle 700x32 or larger rubber. I'm not fast or strong enough to chase KOMs or Strava top tens anymore. I had a few top tens in 2017-2019, but I've lost most of those to younger, stronger, faster riders... as it should be. So a more plush big tire slack geometry bike would suit me better.
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Old 03-08-22, 01:41 AM
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I also see on the C&V forum that some clever rascal has converted his Centurion Ironman to 650B. I'm seriously considering that, although I'll need to replace the wheels (natch), brake calipers, possibly the brake levers, etc. But for those fat supple tires, it's awfully tempting.
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I have on 700x38 and like that extra rubber for potholes and cattle guards.. maybe a 35 .. Have some life left in the present tires but replacements will be needed soon.
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^^Gravelking slicks in a 35mm. I'm putting 38mm slicks on my ride.
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Originally Posted by Hondo Gravel View Post
To keep this in the spirit of FOO I know it’s Monday but after a manual labor day I am having some bottle water lol.


Pusheen guards the beer lol.
I had never seen a can cooler before. Oh, and it has a 5 Star rating on Amazon (after 19,000 ratings!!!). This will help me replenish my fluids after a long ride.

BTW I ride Conti GP 28's on my road bike, and can easily take it on "good" dirt and light gravel.
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I'm running the 700x32 GP5000 tubeless on my randonneuring bike. I'd guess that's 99% pavement, ranging from rough chip-seal to smooth. The 1% is generally short gravel sections, like a 1/4 mile section on Saturday's 300k.

I love the GP5000s for this application. I tried the Gravelking slick at various widths, and had really poor experience with sidewall cuts. Maybe just luck, but I'm soured on those tires after spending lots of $$ replacing cut tires.

OTOH I rode the GP5000's on a ride with ~12 miles of course gravel, and found them woefully inadequate. I rode the same stretch, on the same bike, with 650bx42 tires and they were perfect.

So I'd say for your gravel driveway and paved roads - even Texas sized chip-seal - the GP5000 is a good tire.
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Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
I had never seen a can cooler before. Oh, and it has a 5 Star rating on Amazon (after 19,000 ratings!!!). This will help me replenish my fluids after a long ride.

BTW I ride Conti GP 28's on my road bike, and can easily take it on "good" dirt and light gravel.
The Yeti koozies are great it will keep your beer cold. Get one you wonít regret it. Put a sticker on it to personalize it because they get stolen frequently. If you steal someone koozy in Texas the penalties are severe.
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
I'm running the 700x32 GP5000 tubeless on my randonneuring bike. I'd guess that's 99% pavement, ranging from rough chip-seal to smooth. The 1% is generally short gravel sections, like a 1/4 mile section on Saturday's 300k.

I love the GP5000s for this application. I tried the Gravelking slick at various widths, and had really poor experience with sidewall cuts. Maybe just luck, but I'm soured on those tires after spending lots of $$ replacing cut tires.

OTOH I rode the GP5000's on a ride with ~12 miles of course gravel, and found them woefully inadequate. I rode the same stretch, on the same bike, with 650bx42 tires and they were perfect.

So I'd say for your gravel driveway and paved roads - even Texas sized chip-seal - the GP5000 is a good tire.
I have a week or so before buying some new threads. Considering many but the Continental GPs stand out.
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Old 03-09-22, 01:18 PM
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GP 5000s 80 bucks I see hiking in the future lol. I believe in top quality tires but the price. My gas sucking 5.7 Hemi will see less miles and Top Ramen is on the menu. I’m just burned out today.
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I have 28s on my hybrid, IDK how you people do this.......(though I am a Clyde) I need some 32s just for the street forget the gravel.
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I have 28s on my hybrid, IDK how you people do this.......(though I am a Clyde) I need some 32s just for the street forget the gravel.
32 would be sufficient I ride 38s on road and gravel. Hit cattle guards and pot holes and stay stable. And I weigh 205 not fat I’m just stocky. Anyways since I am not racing or care about speed the larger tires make a good, stable and comfortable ride and are efficient.


700x38 Vittoria Terreno Dry gravel bike tires. They have been great so far on the 3rd set.

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Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
I had never seen a can cooler before. Oh, and it has a 5 Star rating on Amazon (after 19,000 ratings!!!). This will help me replenish my fluids after a long ride.

BTW I ride Conti GP 28's on my road bike, and can easily take it on "good" dirt and light gravel.
the Yeti cooler is a great beer in a messenger bag $$$ unneeded necessity AND it comes with stash can albeit a not very well disguised one and FWIW i steamroll gravel on a fixed Steamroller shod in 32 armadillos and they've been bullet proof for 3+ years of gravel and beyond
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All the gravel roads are now paved the only gravel is my driveway. I was thinking about 700x32 Continental Grand Prix tires. Do any of you run these and if so what do you think about them. To keep this in the spirit of FOO I know itís Monday but after a manual labor day I am having some bottle water lol. On a more serious note what ya think about the tires Iím thinking about?


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Yup, San Antonio is expanding in all directions lol. 2.5 million not LA but that is a lot of people.
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Those are the best tires I've ever had.
Ask these guys what do they think about it.
Big-o-tires company is on a market for ages now and they definitely know the difference between good and bad tires.

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Yup, San Antonio is expanding in all directions lol. 2.5 million not LA but that is a lot of people.
Hey... maybe it's time to move... to San Diego... Texas that is. Man, strange looking place on google maps... I have never seen such a regular grid pattern of town streets. Just down the road from 7 Sisters and up the road from Alice. Hmmmm... surrounded by "wimmin'."
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Hey... maybe it's time to move... to San Diego... Texas that is. Man, strange looking place on google maps... I have never seen such a regular grid pattern of town streets. Just down the road from 7 Sisters and up the road from Alice. Hmmmm... surrounded by "wimmin'."

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preferred the first one... with whiskey! Hank's OK, but wasn't one of his best.
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Have some 700x38 Vittoria Zero slick gravel tires. Going to run the current tires a bit longer get all the tread’s worth out of them.
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Damn, that beats my problem, a fuse blew in my BMW 760, and the back massage feature for the drivers seat stopped working, and the dealer said the only loaner they had to give me while my car is being fixed is a 730d which doesn’t have a back massager.
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I ordered a BMW at Subway but they forgot to put mayo on it .
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