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Should I get slick tires?

Old 08-18-04, 02:35 PM
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Should I get slick tires?

I have a trek 3700 which I ride mostly for exercise, quite a bit on both dirt and paved roads. I also enjoy riding trails on the weekends. I have signed up for a 30 mile road ride (and would like to find some more). Is it worthwhile to get slick tires for a ride that long (or short, however you look at it)? How much of a PITA is it to switch tires?
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For road I would recommend slicks or a road type tread. For hard packed dirt a road tread is OK.

Look into something like the Specialized Crossroads ex tire - flat center tread is good for road and sides have knobs for traction in grass, loose dirt. They are kina heavy, but a good compromise if you don't want to switch tires much. However either always on pavement alterating (say on weekends) always on rough dirt/mud, etc. I would instead recommend a lightweight slick and your current tires.

Switching tires should take about 10min with some practice.

I would definitely do this - it will make your 30mi ride much nicer.

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I've been using Geax Evolution tyres for quite a while, I use them both on and off-road, and they could be the answer here. They don't lose much, if anything on the full slicks on the road (probably about 0.5km/h if that), and they are surprisingly good on the dirt.
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Would advise to change tires. It will be worth it for your road ride.

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