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Here's to a great set of tires

Old 09-29-08, 07:47 PM
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Here's to a great set of tires

For a century this Sunday, I had decided to take my highracer (Challenge Seiran SL). However, I noticed the night before that the casing on the tires was coming apart. I have other bikes I could take, but my heart was set on the Seiran. I had no spares.

I warned my wife that if the tire failed, it would do so catastrophically (hopefully not on a high speed descent). If this happened, the split would probably be too big for the normal road fixes to work, and no one would be able to help me since they are 650's. So don't worry if I'm a few hours late. She saw the tires and couldn't believe I wanted to ride them them. I promised it was the last time they'd be used and ordered a new set. FedEx will deliver them tomorrow.

The ride was a blast and there were no tire issues. As a matter of fact, in the 3K or so miles I rode these tires, I never had a single flat. That's the first time I can remember having a set of tires that never flatted, even though I run Schwalbe Marathon Plus on my commuting rig.

I took a different bike to work today and when I came home tonight the rear tire had released its spirit.

Conti 3000 GP's, your durability and service will be remembered fondly.
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3000'? Cool, just slapped some 4000's (black chili compound) onto the wife's bike. Hope they serve her as well!
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I love 4000's almost as much as Gommitalia K's..
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What are you replacing with? Will there be a memorial service to commemorate the old tires?
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My yellow 4000's have limited grip and have already started to square off. Hopefully the blacks are better in both regards.
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I have 300 on one wheelset and some hutchison top speed the contis are nice. but for cornering I prefer the hutchison, unbelievable grip.
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What are you replacing with? Will there be a memorial service to commemorate the old tires?
Gatorskins. I plan on doing more noncommuting distance riding in the dark and wet, so sidewall cut resistance was important. Haven't figured out what to do with the old tires yet. Just throwing them away like I usually do doesn't feel right.

It just so happens that the tires for the heavy wheels on my racing bike also need replacing. I'm thinking of trying to do some randonneuring with that rig so I just bought a set of Conti GP 4 Season to see how I like those. It was a bit painful for me to do this, but I also went with the 25's rather than the 23's. However, if I want to feel sporty, I can put on my lighter wheels which have 700/23 Mondo S-Works on them.
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On GP4000's I run 23 up front 25 in back.. Give it a shot...
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