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Old 07-29-08, 10:17 PM   #1
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Tan Skinwall/Gumwall Tires

I'm looking to buy some tan skinwall/gumwall tires. I'll be using these for city riding and the occasional long distance effort. I've heard good things about each, but I'm still pretty uneducated regarding each tire's strengths and weaknesses.

I've narrowed it down to three: Gommitalia Calypso K; Panaracer Pasela; Conti GP4000

I'm looking for durability above all, but don't want something that won't be comfortable/has a lot of rolling resistance. So far, I've got my eye on the Gommilatia's.
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Old 07-29-08, 11:14 PM   #2
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The term Gumwall isn't used much anymore. Skinwall is better. Gumwall tires had rubber on the sides, just tan in color. Skinwalls have little to no rubber on the sides.

Rolling resistance is mostly a function of width and tire pressure. But you want durability, so don't go too narrow. I would suggest 28 or 32 mm width min depending on your weight and road conditions. If city more than long rides 32 may be better.

Another suggestion is to look for some kind of flat protection - kevlar belt, or armadillo, etc... flats are never fun.

I have two bikes - one running 23 mm racing tires, one with 35 mm touring tires. There is a difference in rolling resistance - maybe 5% ??? but the touring tires last 3-4 times as long (I am on set 3 at 10,000 miles with some tire left).

As for brands, lots of opinions out there, but really, most are good.

Hope that helps.
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Old 07-30-08, 02:14 AM   #3
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Veloflex 'black'/pave come with tan/gum sidewall as well. Really fast tires but they wear equally fast.
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