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Interesting observation about Gatorskins

Old 09-06-18, 09:49 PM
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Interesting observation about Gatorskins

I am a fan of Compass tires but I also use Conti Gatorskins when I want the bike to be more resistant to flats. Yesterday I took a long ride on my Trek 520, which has Gatorskins, all around Seattle and then across the 520 floating bridge. Gatorskins have a rep for being a rather harsh tire, but to be honest I donít notice all that much harshness on the streets where I normally ride. But when I got to the bridge, I rattled and buzzed all the way across! The road was quite smooth, but in contrast to the asphalt streets I usually ride, the bridge surface was concrete.

I guess I will have to avoid long rides on concrete roads if I am using Gatorskins!
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I donít think itís the tires buzzing I think they botched that bike lane on the 520. I know I shouldnít complain much because itís obviously better than nothing but that thing sucks for a few different reasons.
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My biggest issue is that they are not real gator skins...
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They are good material for boots/shoes?
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I've never done the 520 trail. I-90 a bunch of times.
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Originally Posted by arizonamed
I donít think itís the tires buzzing I think they botched that bike lane on the 520. I know I shouldnít complain much because itís obviously better than nothing but that thing sucks for a few different reasons.
Seemed to me that the lane was fine, despite the way my tires reacted. What about it do you dislike?
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Originally Posted by Aubergine

Seemed to me that the lane was fine, despite the way my tires reacted. What about it do you dislike?
itís got those huge bumps covering what Iím assuming as expansion joints that you practically have to bunny hop over.
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They are definitely a 'harsher' ride than gp4000s, but not really noticeable unless you experience both.
The harshness becomes more apparent as road surface deteriorates.
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I only rode over the bridge on Gatorskins a couple times, didn't notice any significantly increased buzz when I did. My dentist told me that one of his clients works on the bridge and said they're going to improve the bumps over the joints. Hopefully they do, it's annoying on a road bike to literally get launched in the air when going at speed down the first descent westward.
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Ah, yeah, the expansion joints are a bit rattly. I took those in stride though.
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When I ride Gatorskins, I lower the psi. The side walls are so stiff that I have found that using the same psi that I use for performance tires makes them hard as rock.
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Originally Posted by colnago62
When I ride Gatorskins, I lower the psi. The side walls are so stiff that I have found that using the same psi that I use for performance tires makes them hard as rock.
Ditto. I run 32 mm tires at about 75. I probably could go lower but I hate pinch flats.
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I've never had an issue with the expansion joints on 520, but I also don't treat the bridge like a TT course just like I don't treat MUPs like TT courses. Gatorskins are awful riding tires at any pressure though
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My Continentals with the gatorskin sidewall is a Mountain/trekking
26" travel contact..

big air cushion , lower psi for comfort, raise for low rolling resistance
(slick center band)
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Originally Posted by redlude97
I've never had an issue with the expansion joints on 520, but I also don't treat the bridge like a TT course just like I don't treat MUPs like TT courses. Gatorskins are awful riding tires at any pressure though
I like to ride across at rush hour and fly by the stopped traffic at 17mph.
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Gatorskins can support the weight of my bike with 0 air. The Pirellis I bought to replace them support maybe half of the bike's weight. So yes, gator sidewalls are quite rigid.
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DANG, pump them up and think ---- Paris-Roubaix
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Originally Posted by OldTryGuy
DANG, pump them up and think ---- Paris-Roubaix
I canít think of a tire I would want to use less on cobbles! For Paris-Roubaix I would use fat tubulars.
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