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Light touring Tires Revisited: Specialize? Conti? IRC? Mich? Etc?

Old 04-28-05, 05:09 PM
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Light touring Tires Revisited: Specialize? Conti? IRC? Mich? Etc?

it's the age old Tire thread again.

I'm riding on the OEM tires that came on my Felt (only one flat so far on the Hutchinson Carbon Comp 700/23)
But will be doing a week long supported tour in June (375 miles up north in Wisconsin).
I'm thinking I'd like a slightly wider tires and something a bit more bulletproof than the Hutchinsons (they seem more like folding racing tires). 25-28 will prolly fit on my rims.

Don't want to spend too much (shrugs?)
any opinions or other ideas?
I do like to get speed up during my day rides

some that are available here in town:

Specialized All condition Pro (20 bucks)
Stuff made by IRC (I used to use them all the time on my Dawes, but only a few refs to them here)
Continentals (their rep preceeds them)
Michelins (likewise)

I just can't see spending 60 bucks on a tire (It's not like i am taking a 3 month tour of Mongolia)
20 bucks + or so (or less?)
Just looking for ideas

(it used to be so easy... just walk into the LBS and say "gimme two 27x1 1/8 tires please... gum wall)
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I know you said "light" touring tire, but I bet everyone is going to say just buy Schwalbe Marathons or Continental TT's or Specialized Armadillos...

Here's 3 midweight touring/commuting tires below $20 (hey, I'm cheap) that have a good track record:

Panaracer Pasela Tourguard: Popular with tourers that want a fast, lightweight tire, folding(!), but I noticed the sidewalls are a little flimsy and I got a few flats. $19.95 at Nashbar.

IRC Metro w/Kevlar belt: Good all-around commuter/touring tire but a little hard to find nowadays.

Kenda Kwest w/Kevlar belt: My new favorite. Cheap and bulletproof and not overly heavy. The 35mm width that I have is flatish at the top with a lot of road contact compared to some other round profile tires. This may or may not be a disadvantage for touring.

(Edit: On second thought, you might want something nicer for that Felt )

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I just put some Vittoria pro team open all weather (700X22) on my road bike. They seem more like a 25 actual. They have a Kevlar belt. Seem pretty comfy to me, although I've only a couple rides on 'em(~100miles) so far. If you look about, Vittorias can be picked up cheap (these came with a new-to-me wheelset).

I also have some Rolly-pollies from Rivendell (very very nice tires), but these seem above your price point. However you should be able to pick up a very similar Panaracer tire.

For a supported road tour, you really don't need the heavy weight tires that loaded tourists need. (IMO)
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For a supported road tour, you really don't need the heavy weight tires that loaded tourists need. (IMO)
Thanks for the suggestions. I wasn't really looking for a heavy duty tire... like you suggest, just a slightly wider tire that is a bit more robust (kevlar, etc).

I'll look for these
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