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Tires for rainy days

Old 08-05-08, 09:24 PM
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Tires for rainy days

This is going out to all who experience nonstop rain:

What tires do you prefer for wet conditions??
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Old 08-05-08, 09:27 PM
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I really don't have much of an issue using my regular tires. I just have to relax a bit on the corners. But personally I wouldn't be caught starting a ride in the rain or doing a long ride knowing I will get rained on, it just completely ruins the fun and then it becomes work. Now if I was racing the tour de france and was getting paid then I wouldn't mind riding in the rain since i'd be paid for my work.
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Old 08-06-08, 01:25 AM
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I don't start a ride if it's raining. But if it starts raining while I'm ridiingl, I still finish the ride - no matter how soaked I get. It's all part of the fun of cycling. Or misery.

As far as tires go I have been using Conti Ultra- Sports for a couple of years now and have no problem with them in the rain. I also have never flatted with either tothe point I don't carry a spare tube. I must have put in 15,000 miles with these series of tires and no flats. Mind you change them as soon as they start looking square.
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Old 08-06-08, 01:39 AM
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Originally Posted by petertranv View Post
What tires do you prefer for wet conditions??
The very same tires that I use for dry conditions.
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Old 08-06-08, 01:39 AM
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I cycle to work so have to go out whether it rains or not. I use the same tyres regardless but if it's raining just avoid metal drain covers and go easy on the corners. I use Rubino 23mm road tyres.
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Slicks. Seriously. You cannot hydroplane on a road bike--- and tread is largely a marketing gimmick (when your contact patch is so tiny.
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If it's just a typical ride, my normal Pro 2/3 Races. If it's a race then my Michelin Pro Grips.
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if it rains and im riding. just let a bit of air out to increase the contact patch.

it is true that you cannot hydroplane with bike tires. unless you are going at about like 170km/h or some stupid speed
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We aren't fast enough nor heavy enough for tires to matter.
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I ride slicks.... but am always EXTRA careful around sewer grates and/or streetcar tracks in the rain. Crashed once thanks to skidding out on them.
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Just air down a bit if you get caught in the rain and it is going to last the majority of the ride. I don't mind riding in the rain, on a hot day it feels great, but afterwards having to dry and then re-lube all of the bike is a pain.
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Originally Posted by Manada View Post
I ride slicks.... but am always EXTRA careful around sewer grates and/or streetcar tracks in the rain. Crashed once thanks to skidding out on them.
Watch out for those as well as riding over any reflective road paint, in the rain that stuff is like ice.
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