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I'll say it... I like Gatorskins

Old 08-26-21, 11:27 AM
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Ok. You're allowed to. It's your bike.
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Old 08-26-21, 03:38 PM
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I used them on my commuter and never had a flat on them....the offset was the horrendous ride quality, but I rather have no flats.
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Old 08-29-21, 02:01 AM
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Thoughts

Sometimes extra protection just brings peace of mind. Of course some readers think of tires, some weapons, and some other ....things. No one likes a flat....

Of course this is someone who takes a 3 ton floor jack on road trips in the car ...or when trailering a boat.
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Old 08-29-21, 02:06 AM
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I use 25mm armadillo's, I have had thread exposed without flatting out. My average speed really drops when fixing a flat, not to mention being late, so I totally understand.
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Old 08-29-21, 04:42 PM
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I lost a brand new 27mm Vittoria Open Pave to a road hazard. An emergency order of 25mm Gatorskins got me back on the road(I was away from home, on vacation.). I can't tell the difference in road feel. I'm al old man who rides like an old man.
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Old 08-29-21, 08:38 PM
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I have 8 of the 28mm black edition
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Old 08-30-21, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by JAG1 View Post

23mm Gatorskins are OK light touring
That's an interesting rack. What is it and do you like it on your carbon fork? I'm thinking of doing something similar.
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Old 08-30-21, 03:44 PM
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I've just started using 28C Gatorskins on my old road bike that I use for commuting in dry weather. I couldn't actually get 25C's as tyres are in short supply with the retailer I wanted to use (I get 'Blue Light' discount there) but I'm glad as the 28C's feel good and so much nicer than the 25C Marathon Plus Reflex tyres on my main commuter with fenders. On wet days I'm happy enough with the Marathons but they are harsher and heavier.
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Old 08-30-21, 03:53 PM
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Why is it only Gatorskins that get this much love-hate and not, for example, Armadillos?
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Old 08-30-21, 04:07 PM
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Hello. My name is RSbob and was a Gatorskin user for 20 years. I have been clean for 2. I still crave them though

Rode them for as long as they have been around. Used then for commuting, road riding, long tours and on a tandem- really good tires. Got a new bike with tubeless and… then the story takes a turn. Nothing wrong with Gatorskins.
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Old 08-30-21, 04:34 PM
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For those on gatorskins, really consider the 4 seasons instead, way better ride quality, suppleness, and only marginally lower puncture protection and wear. Nothing like the tradeoffs going to a racing tire like a gp5000

https://www.bicyclerollingresistance...prix-5000-2018
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Old 08-31-21, 03:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Symox View Post
That's an interesting rack. What is it and do you like it on your carbon fork? I'm thinking of doing something similar.
The carbon fork gets tore up due to the metal band with rubber coating chewing up the finish. This bike is a tribute to the 2000 Tour de France when GT built the Belgium Lotto Adecco team two bikes per rider in a time span of 5-weeks. One of the rider in won a stage on the GT mountain bike/tour-de-france hybrid. I keep the panniers at 5-lbs each for the Blackburn Outpost World Touring front rack, which is thick aluminum and weighs just over 12-ounces on my scale.


Blackburn Outpost World Tour rack and Ortlieb Front Roller Classics


Nice turn radius as well

The left pannier holds a Amok Draumr Cammo 3.0 with the FJOL 25x77-inch R4 sleep pad.
The right pannier holds a Six Moon Designs Haven mesh tent with a bathtub floor, a Dutchware 10x12-foot SilPoly tarp with two spreader bars (one side has doors, the other is wide open), and two Costco Down throws.

I generally use this in National Parks where I set up a base camp and use the bike to explore/trout fish/disperse camp in interesting areas. .
You will need this Quick Release Skewer as the Blackburn is mounted via the quick release skewer, and each side of the rack is 1.5-inches in length where the skewer runs through it to give the rack a purchase point. So the load bearing is carried on the skewer, as the carbon forks would have a hard time supporting the weight.

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Old 08-31-21, 05:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Why is it only Gatorskins that get this much love-hate and not, for example, Armadillos?
I think, at least judging from around my area, a lot of the Conti mention in general (whether it's tires or tubes) is because just about every independent bike shop seems to carry Conti. Indeed, trying to find racks full of Pirelli or Michelin or Vittoria tubes/tires is quite elusive. Armadillos I'd assume would only be found in a Specialized shop.
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Old 09-01-21, 07:52 AM
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I have Gatorskins on my backup road bike... Trek 1.1. I like Gatorskins better than the original Bontrager tires that came with the bike. I'm a recreational rider... so Gatorskins are fine with me. I don't see what the big negative fuss is over them. I needed a tire that wouldn't go flat... and I've never had a flat with Gatorskins.
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Old 09-01-21, 08:06 AM
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Yes I know there are those that say they ride like garden hoses. I don't get it, I'm just glad that I found a quality tire for my needs.
If you ever had a chance to ride a gator skin back to back with a Continental GP5000 you would get it.
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I’ve been using gatorskins on at least one of my bikes for many years. Running them on one of my commuters now. Have never had any issues with them. Not my first choice of tire but they would be far from the last.
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Old 09-01-21, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Why is it only Gatorskins that get this much love-hate and not, for example, Armadillos?
Maybe not quite as much, but Schwalbe Marathons definitely have a similar love-hate representation. I think it comes down to tires with enough sales to generate a volume of lovers and haters. The Armadillos likely don't sell in anywhere near the same volume, same things for Bontrager Hard Case, etc that are limited to shops selling Specialized or Trek respectively, and even then when it comes to tires, the tire brand tires are still usually stocked in larger numbers than the bike brand tires.
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Old 09-01-21, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
If you ever had a chance to ride a gator skin back to back with a Continental GP5000 you would get it.
Possibly. I'll let you know in about a year when the Gatorskins wear out.
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Old 09-02-21, 11:58 AM
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not a racer but a recreational rider, I find I really appreciate Continental Gatorskins (28mm with 60-85psi front/back). The ride is plenty grippy for my needs and the tires seem to last quite a while.
<jedi wave>No you wont. These are not the tires you are looking for.
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746 days Gatorskin free after 10yrs of near daily use. Still have long term damage to my road perception
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If you ever had a chance to ride a gator skin back to back with a Continental GP5000 you would get it.
That's like the difference between a jersey made of lycra or sandpaper.
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