Best tyres for commuting?

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby warthog1 » Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:28 pm

queequeg wrote:
The tread is only decorative. The SMPs grip just as well without the tread as they do with it. My rear one lost the tread about 5000km ago, still fine at 22,000km+ (started life as my front tyre).
I get around 12,000km usually, but since August last year the M2 westbound reopened and I reckons my tyre wear has reduced as a result.


I don't know how many k's exactly my rear SMP in 25c has done. 2-3 k max. Tread is half worn. Maybe they'll go longer than I think.


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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Onelesscar » Sat Mar 15, 2014 3:52 pm

Vittoria Randonneur 700 x 28 with reflective bead wear well and have few punctures. When they are badly worn they don't corner very well. Tyre pressure makes a big difference with these tyres. If anyone knows where I can get a replacement set please let me know.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby jaseyjase » Thu May 15, 2014 6:51 pm

Currently running Resist 28c Nomads

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Lukeyboy » Mon May 19, 2014 4:48 pm

ldrcycles wrote:Maxxis Refuse are available in a very fat looking 25mm. I'll be getting a set of those when my current 23s wear out.


They make 28's aswell :)
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby ldrcycles » Mon May 19, 2014 6:01 pm

Lukeyboy wrote:
ldrcycles wrote:Maxxis Refuse are available in a very fat looking 25mm. I'll be getting a set of those when my current 23s wear out.


They make 28's aswell :)


Turns out i won't be getting 25s, none of my bikes will fit them :( .
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Lukeyboy » Mon May 19, 2014 6:11 pm

Got a smooth half round file? :P
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby singlespeedscott » Mon May 19, 2014 8:44 pm

ldrcycles wrote:
Lukeyboy wrote:
ldrcycles wrote:Maxxis Refuse are available in a very fat looking 25mm. I'll be getting a set of those when my current 23s wear out.


They make 28's aswell :)


Turns out i won't be getting 25s, none of my bikes will fit them :( .

Are you serious? Bikes that won't fit a 25 must be a rare thing.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby jasonc » Mon May 19, 2014 8:58 pm

singlespeedscott wrote: Bikes that won't fit a 25 must be a rare thing.


my fuji would struggle for a 25. not enough fork clearance. rear triangle is tight too
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby singlespeedscott » Mon May 19, 2014 9:52 pm

You only really need 3mm around the tyre.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby softy » Mon May 19, 2014 10:38 pm

Well anything that keeps your rims of the pavement!
So your thinking thats not helpful, but it is, because as long as you are happy that is all that matters!
I'm one of those crazys that runs tubulars, why? I feel more comfortable and safer on them! Wheather they are better or not is my choice. The idea that one tyre is better than another is a long discussed topic that will never be answered, so really who knows!

Pick your poision and keep pedalling!
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby softy » Tue May 20, 2014 8:01 pm

Turns out i won't be getting 25s, none of my bikes will fit them :(
Are you serious? Bikes that won't fit a 25 must be a rare thing
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Many of the aero bikes don't fit 25mm, I have a veloflex 25 (really 24.something) tub on the back of my cervelo s5, it just fits. The front is a no go as the tyre sits very close to the front down tube.

Some of the clinchers aren't round either, more like a teardrop so sit higher, so between brands can vary in height. Also, some bikes have narrow spacing near the front of the chain stay. So don't assume bigger tyres will fit, check and measure first.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Lurkin » Sat May 24, 2014 6:37 pm

Finally a puncture after fitting Mr Tuffy's Utlralight tyre liners.

Pulled out the piece of glass which caused the puncture, then went round the tyre picking out all the glass.

Decided to throw out the tyre and replace it as there was more holes than un pierced/pockmarked tyre.

Ordinarily would have thrown it out months ago... would have had countless punctures without the liner. Hence making tyres more cost effective... .grand! :D
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby ldrcycles » Sat May 24, 2014 7:16 pm

singlespeedscott wrote:Are you serious? Bikes that won't fit a 25 must be a rare thing.


I must be dreadfully unlucky then because my late 09 Apollo, 02 Velo Ecosse and 91 Tarini are all 23mm max. In the case of the Apollo i can't even get a 25mm shod rear wheel into the frame, let alone ride on it. Just another reason to stick with proper bikes that have 27" wheels :P .
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby singlespeedscott » Sat May 24, 2014 8:19 pm

ldrcycles wrote:
singlespeedscott wrote:Are you serious? Bikes that won't fit a 25 must be a rare thing.


I must be dreadfully unlucky then because my late 09 Apollo, 02 Velo Ecosse and 91 Tarini are all 23mm max. In the case of the Apollo i can't even get a 25mm shod rear wheel into the frame, let alone ride on it. Just another reason to stick with proper bikes that have 27" wheels :P .

Bikes built from the mid 80's and back are so much more adaptible.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby ldrcycles » Sat May 24, 2014 8:35 pm

You mean like the Reynolds tubed frame (possibly a Raleigh Grand Prix) i had that wouldn't take anything bigger than 21s? :lol: . But that aberration aside, absolutely. Not to mention they are so easy to find for nothing :) .
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby warthog1 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:06 am

Got a schwalbe marathon green guard on my new rear wheel. I reckon it rolls a bit better than the SMP. I'll keep posting on the wear.
Durano plus on the front seems a pretty good compromise too.


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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Whorl » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:25 am

Wondering if I am second guessing myself for no reason. Considering a tyre size change after my commuting accident a few weeks ago on the wet. Only changed to 28 SMP's a couple weeks before accident, and had the bike slide out from under me with slight brake pressure. Considering going back to 32's or 35's and maybe different rubber. Any opinions?
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Best tyres for commuting?

Postby warthog1 » Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:57 am

I'm not sure SMP's are the gripiest tyres around in the wet.
I'm liking my current combo. The green guard feels a touch better in that regard and the durano plus on the front has certainly got more feel.
Both are 25's. I can't fit anything bigger but don't like the lumbering feel of truck tyres anyway.

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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby softy » Sun Jun 08, 2014 11:07 am

For the tubular riders;

Managed to source a really good value cotton tyre made in thai. It is a 23 300gram butyl tube construction with a removable value for adding your favourite sealant.

I just received them last week and they look really good and are amazingly cheap. Just need to try tnem now and see how they ride and stand up to everyday commuting.

IF they pass all my criteria, may pedal them to the perth community.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby queequeg » Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:02 pm

I just had to retire my second Schwalbe Marathon Supreme after 5,000km.
The tyre developed a deformation like an egg that resulted in the tyre having both a flat spot and a wobble.
The deformation was plainly obvious to the naked eye.

So, one dead tyre at 900km due to sidewall tear, one dead at 5,000km due to deformation.

At $58 each, they represent poor value. Maybe I got a dodgy batch? I won't be buying them
again in a hurry, so I now have an SMP on the front and rear again. At $34 each they are superior in every way (except the weight!). As a commuter I'll take the reliability over the weight.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Drizt » Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:22 pm

5000km sounds great to me. What were you hoping for?
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby softy » Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:36 pm

Drizt wrote:5000km sounds great to me. What were you hoping for?


Maybe 50000km :P

So if you get 5000km out of a tyre that cost you 50 dollars, that is a cent per kilometre right, per tyre?
So that is not good value? :?
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Best tyres for commuting?

Postby queequeg » Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:16 pm

Drizt wrote:5000km sounds great to me. What were you hoping for?


I just replaced my SMP after 26,000km. I expect a minimum of 12,000km from a commuter tyre, which means one set of tyres a year. I usually get around 15,000km from an an SMP when used solely as a rear tyre. The 26,000km tyre started on the front and lasted an extra 6,000km on the rear.

The Marathon Supreme would still be going if it hadn't gone all egg shaped. It is like the tread has delaminated from the casing. The rubber is still in excellent condition otherwise.
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Re: Best tyres for commuting?

Postby Drizt » Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:18 pm

The plus is a completely different tyre though. They should be named differently as they are nothing a like. Unrealistic expectations I feel. No disrespect intended.
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