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Where to buy quality tires inexpensively apart from UK

Old 03-28-16, 02:40 PM
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Where to buy quality tires inexpensively apart from UK

Hi,

Where do people go to buy good quality tires inexpensively. I've ordered through Ribble, Wiggle etc many times, they are very cheap but also kind of slow. Any other suggestions?
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Vittoria Rubino Pro Tech 3 Tire - Clincher | Backcountry.com
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How fast do you need them? You can do similarly to the UK stores on ebay. Some of the listings are from the UK, some from the USA. Some are from individuals.
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biketiresdirect.com has decent sale prices on tires almost every day.
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But biketiresdirect are nowhere near as cheap as the European sources.
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Look for sales.

My local Specailized shop recently had a 2 for 1 sale on tires & tubes so I happily grabbed a pair of new Turbo Pro slicks...
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For me the UK sites have them cheap enough to stock up with an extra pair and not have to worry about delivery time.
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^ This. US prices are relatively fixed and much higher. Generally when US sources have tires on sale like Excel, there's a reason. Often they are discontinued models. Another reason the skeptical hires aren't that good. Velonews recently had an independent test and the Vittoria Rubino Pro 2 ranked near the bottom out of 34 ones tested. So they are on sale.
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Originally Posted by Inpd View Post
Hi,

Where do people go to buy good quality tires inexpensively. I've ordered through Ribble, Wiggle etc many times, they are very cheap but also kind of slow. Any other suggestions?
Chainreaction Cycles is faster than most US retailers.
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amazon is getting closer to UK stuff recently too.. my dad got gatorskins for 30ish each
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Include PBK and MerlinCycles in you search of UK dealers. But don't be in a hurry.
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Include PBK and MerlinCycles in you search of UK dealers. But don't be in a hurry.
I used to use those other UK shops, but now I'm sold on Chainreaction Cycles. They don't always have the best price, but the last 3 orders have been crazy fast(3-4 business days). That is better than most retailers.
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If I needed tires in 3-4 days, I'd buy at my local shop. I stock up and always have a few backups, so shipping time is no concern.
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Blowout Rubino Pro IIs?
You don't work in marketing, do you.
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Originally Posted by Inpd View Post
Hi,

Where do people go to buy good quality tires inexpensively. I've ordered through Ribble, Wiggle etc many times, they are very cheap but also kind of slow. Any other suggestions?
Consider springing for one extra tire so that the speed of delivery isn't as important.
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Old 03-28-16, 06:53 PM
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Thanks I ordered a pair and a small 3rd item and it qualifies for free 2 day shipping.
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No. Care to expand?
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You don't work in marketing, do you.
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No. Care to expand?
Expand and blowout, not good for tires.

Anyway @Inpd patience is a virtue that pays dividends. I say find the best tire at the best price and wait a few days.
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
Expand and blowout, not good for tires.

Anyway @Inpd patience is a virtue that pays dividends. I say find the best tire at the best price and wait a few days.
Thanks for the advise. I think the Rubino 3 are a great deal. A 150 TPI tire for under $25 and it wears well according to reviews so I pulled the trigger.

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Haha ok.

Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
Expand and blowout, not good for tires.

Anyway @Inpd patience is a virtue that pays dividends. I say find the best tire at the best price and wait a few days.
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Thanks for the advise. I think the Rubino 3 are a great deal. A 150 TPI tire for under $25 and it has great wear as well so I pulled the trigger.
Awesome. I followed my own advice a few weeks ago and bought the 150 tpi Rubino Pro tires. Amazing ride compared to my usual $12 commuting tires. I predict that you won't be disappointed.
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What do you consider really inexpensive ?
I buy Continental GP4000S from BikeTiresDirect for $49 each. They're on ChainReactionCycles for $43 and the shipping from Dublin to NJ is 2 days vs 6 days from Oregon to NJ.

Any sources for these tires that are even cheaper ?
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What do you consider really inexpensive ?
I buy Continental GP4000S from BikeTiresDirect for $49 each. They're on ChainReactionCycles for $43 and the shipping from Dublin to NJ is 2 days vs 6 days from Oregon to NJ.

Any sources for these tires that are even cheaper ?
See post #12
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Originally Posted by vasuvius View Post
What do you consider really inexpensive ?
I buy Continental GP4000S from BikeTiresDirect for $49 each. They're on ChainReactionCycles for $43 and the shipping from Dublin to NJ is 2 days vs 6 days from Oregon to NJ.

Any sources for these tires that are even cheaper ?
They still are $36.60 at Ribble through today's Easter sale. Probikekit has them for $39.90.

I think people will find faster shipping now with the higher duty threshold. A lot of the delays are from US Customs.
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