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Old 03-20-09, 12:38 PM
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The best tires for hard pack

Hello,

I am looking for a little help on tires. I will be riding the Mickelson trail in South Dakota in June. It is hard pack gravel with some loose sections. I am interested in feed back as to what tire would be the best on my touring bike to handle the loose sections. I am thinking a 700 X 38 but I am not sure which brand. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-20-09, 04:19 PM
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i think a schwalbe marathon XR in a 35 would do nicely. have ridden these on loose dirt and they did fine
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Thank you for the reply I will look into them.
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Maybe these: https://www.conti-tyres.co.uk/conticycle/ti%20travel%20contact.shtml
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I like the Bontrager hard case race lite. Solid, great for avoiding a pinch flat even if you get a little low. I have run them as low as 30-40 PSI in a pinch. If you a 32 or a 35 plus you shouldn't have any trouble with the loose stuff.
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I have ridden the Mickelson several times on 38s (Vittoria) with a self contained touring load - no problems whatever. I encountered only one small pothole that was even slightly loose. I would be willing to try it on 35s or even 32s. Enjoy the ride - it is really nice country.
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Originally Posted by adaminlc
I like the Bontrager hard case race lite. Solid, great for avoiding a pinch flat even if you get a little low. I have run them as low as 30-40 PSI in a pinch. If you a 32 or a 35 plus you shouldn't have any trouble with the loose stuff.

used these which came on a 2008 trek 520 on an 1100 mile tour. part of this on the katy trail(crushed limestone, sometimes very loosely packed) and they did great. think these are wire bead, so for a spare you have to use something else foldable.
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I really appreciate everyone's input I will look into all the choices.
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