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which 28mm tires for commuting/road riding?

Old 06-08-05, 07:53 PM
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which 28mm tires for commuting/road riding?

I've gotta make it down a 3/4 mile dirt road to hit pavement. But then it's a ~12 mile flattish ride to work, about half of it on a bike path. I'm a big guy riding cxp33 rims; I need a 28 with a little tread for the dirt road, which won't slow me down too much on the pavement. I'm thinking inverted tread--is taht a mistake? the bike's a redline, not a twitchy crit frame or anything.

Anyone heard of Continental Top Tourer 2000? They have the advantage of being only $20/each at supergo. Alternatively, I've found bontrager xlites for $50/set, and continental ultra gatorskins for $30/each.

Thanks for any advice,

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Top Tourer is a good tire for what you're looking to do. Price is right and they are fairly tough. Great for commuting. Vittoria makes a couple of good looking tires for this use as well. Don't know the prices. The Randonneur and Randonneur Cross.
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I love the Gators' ride (and Kevlar belt), but I lack experience with the other ones...
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Conti Top Touring is a standard model for serious loaded touring. The usual size for loadcarrying would be 32mm. The 28 is going to be a bit faster but it is quite wide for a modern 28, most of the ones called 28 are really much narrower.
It has quite a heavy tread and good grip for tracks and trails.
I use TT as a good all-round utility bike tyre (with an equivelent Schwalbe Marathon on the front).
I have used lighter-treaded 28mm tyres for summer road and trail riding. Panaracer Pasela and Vredentein Flexsport both worked well.
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I am using the GT2 from Performance on my commuter/family bike. We take it on a couple of dirt/gravel roads and they do just fine. Probably have 700 miles on them so far and no flats yet (knock on wood) and the tread both front and rear looks good still. Plus they are dirt cheap. https://www.performancebike.com/shop/...TOKEN=50013597
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My Cannondale came equiped with the Conti TT2000, 28-622. So far 1900 miles and only one puncture . And that an unusually sharp glass splinter. My Performance Kevler builted tires seemed to get punctured about every 500. Used mostly for commuting and long weekend rides. The commute involves quite a bit of glass obviously. I'm planning on replacing them at about 2500, and will be looking at same. Although I will confess to be attracted to the rivendell "speed blend".
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Just put a set of the new Vredestein Perfect Max 28's on my roomie's flat-bar roadie. They have inverted tread which does help on dirt roads while not being too resistant on pavement, plus all of this:

* 3M MoonGlow™ reflective strip
* Extended wear capabilities
* Low rolling resistance Technology
* MAX Anti-Puncture Protection
* DMC™ Dual Matrix Coupling
* Flex System
* Bead Protection

Great tires. www.rei.com has them for $28./ea.

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I've been running Michelin Transworld City 32s for the past 1200 miles. No visible wear as of yet, and they don't get glass cuts like slicks do. Very deep tread with center ridge. No flats yet. They have a reflective sidewall. $20. 400g.
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How smooth is the dirt road? If it's only 3/4 mile, I would just be careful and worry more about the 12 that follow.

I have conti gatorskins on my bike. 800 miles of commuting on some rather mean streets and no flats.
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