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Conti Gator Skins with skids???

Old 10-04-09, 10:47 AM
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Conti Gator Skins with skids???

i've head conti's gator skins work wonders for skidding. you can skid stop as much as you want and long as u want, and they will be fine, and will hold up for a very long time...just wondering if any of these stories are true before i spend 50 bucks on one tire.

or would i rather be better off buying cheap 10 dollar tires and skidding on them til the rubber comes off and just replace them with another 10 dollar tire 5 times to equal the cost of 1 gator skin?
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Old 10-04-09, 10:55 AM
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i heard brake pads are $10 each and last 50x longer
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Old 10-04-09, 10:56 AM
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If you don't like money and want to get rid of the nasty stuff out of your wallet as quickly as possible then go ahead and skid on expensive tyres.
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Old 10-04-09, 11:32 AM
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gatorskins do last a long time... Mine has lasted longer than any other tire that I've skidded on. I've had it on now for about 4 months, and I skid semi-frequently.

The only thing I don't like about them is that they don't actually stop you that well. If you just want to skid across an entire parking lot, they are great. BUT, if you are in an emergency and need to bust a quick skid to stop, they aren't that good. Just a heads up, if you are brakeless you might wnat something else, IMO.

As far as money vs. time, I think that you are probably better off getting something cheaper. Recently I tried out Panaracer Messenger which is an amazing tire. Got 2 of them for free, and they stop me much faster than the gatorskin. Go to your LBS and ask if they have any crap tires lying around. A lot of people get Bontrager, etc doing this.
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Old 10-04-09, 02:59 PM
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I run a $10 in the front, and Gatorskins (25s) in back...I haven't ran though it yet, n 6 months and I skip stop a fair amount. I don't do long skids too much, they're unnecessary and wear tires out.

it has a lot to do with skid patches, of which I have 17 of. some weird gear ratios will give you 3 or less, and the dreaded 39x13 which is 1 skid patch.
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Old 10-04-09, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by nahh View Post
I run a $10 in the front, and Gatorskins (25s) in back...I haven't ran though it yet, n 6 months and I skip stop a fair amount. I don't do long skids too much, they're unnecessary and wear tires out.

it has a lot to do with skid patches, of which I have 17 of. some weird gear ratios will give you 3 or less, and the dreaded 39x13 which is 1 skid patch.
lol thats perfect, i was searching forums on how to skip stop..so...how do you skip stop? i cant seem to find any videos or anything
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Old 10-04-09, 03:14 PM
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Originally Posted by dooodstevenn View Post
lol thats perfect, i was searching forums on how to skip stop..so...how do you skip stop? i cant seem to find any videos or anything
1) DON'T go balls to stem. this isn't a long skid, you're trying to stop or at least slow down.

2) Get off the seat and a little forward, now, try to skid.

3) as your tire loses contact with the ground, pedal forward just a little, so your tires has traction again

if you do step #3 right, your pedals will stay in pretty much the same place, and you'll just slow down or stop.

btws, to do this you need foot retention, if you don't already. really, to ride fixed you need foot retention.
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Old 10-04-09, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by nahh View Post
1) DON'T go balls to stem. this isn't a long skid, you're trying to stop or at least slow down.

2) Get off the seat and a little forward, now, try to skid.

3) as your tire loses contact with the ground, pedal forward just a little, so your tires has traction again

if you do step #3 right, your pedals will stay in pretty much the same place, and you'll just slow down or stop.

btws, to do this you need foot retention, if you don't already. really, to ride fixed you need foot retention.
so after i get off the seat a bit and try to skid do i have to try to pop up my rear wheel? how does it skip?
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Old 10-04-09, 04:46 PM
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Nashbar has (at least they did a week ago) these on sale. I just put a set on my road bike last week.
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Soma everwears will last longer than you would like. The tread is so thick that they square-off way before you make it down to the fibers. The problem is that they get inefficient and slow as hell when they square off.
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Originally Posted by nahh View Post
some weird gear ratios will give you 3 or less, and the dreaded 39x13 which is 1 skid patch.
any 3:1 gear ratio
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Originally Posted by nahh View Post
1) DON'T go balls to stem. this isn't a long skid, you're trying to stop or at least slow down.

2) Get off the seat and a little forward, now, try to skid.

3) as your tire loses contact with the ground, pedal forward just a little, so your tires has traction again

if you do step #3 right, your pedals will stay in pretty much the same place, and you'll just slow down or stop.

btws, to do this you need foot retention, if you don't already. really, to ride fixed you need foot retention.
wat?

here's how i skip stop, with either L or R pedals at 9 and 3 or 3 and 9, i hop up the rear just enough to lock my rear tire in mid air and as it comes down it slightly skids and you slow down.

not sure if im doing it right but it stops me
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Old 10-04-09, 10:54 PM
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Brakes, amigos.
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Old 10-05-09, 04:39 PM
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lol thanks, ive been doing that, works pretty well, just gotta work on it at higher speeds
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Old 10-05-09, 05:00 PM
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I run through cheap tires. Skidding around corners is too much fun to not do. If I wanted to stop with brakes, I'd ride a singlespeed. Not that I don't have and use the brake, but in most situations it just feels more natural to skid.
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Old 10-05-09, 07:35 PM
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the skidz tekneek is so complicated. so much skillz.
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I've had my rear gatorskin on for four years now
get a 25, and don't spend $50
get wire bead, its cheaper
you can find them for $30
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Old 10-05-09, 08:28 PM
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but if your tires last you that long why not buy nicer tires...
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but if your tires last you that long why not buy nicer tires...
because it's my joke bike
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yea, my soma everwears feel like i'm riding on a trike or something now. i need a new back tire.
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Originally Posted by feetpower View Post
wat?

here's how i skip stop, with either L or R pedals at 9 and 3 or 3 and 9, i hop up the rear just enough to lock my rear tire in mid air and as it comes down it slightly skids and you slow down.

not sure if im doing it right but it stops me
This is correct.

It is called skip stop for a reason.
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Old 10-06-09, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by MPLSdunk View Post
yea, my soma everwears feel like i'm riding on a trike or something now. i need a new back tire.
What do you mean by that?
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Old 10-07-09, 02:43 PM
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Brake pads are $10 each? I bought a pair for like $7 not too long ago.... Or did you mean each pair? Yeah that's probably it... whatever.

But yeah, just use your brake(s).
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