Tyres For Commuter

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Tyres For Commuter

Postby Kieran263 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:26 pm

Hey guys,
The uni year starts in a couple of weeks for me and I need a new set of tyres.
My bike(Reid Condor, I know I know, it does the job) It has the cheapest of cheap
25c tyres on it at the moment. I'd like to go for a wider tyre and the frame has enough
space to accommodate a 32c but I have no idea what brands are reputable, I don't
want to start a brand war, I just need an idea of where to start.
Cheers
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Re: Tyres For Commuter

Postby il padrone » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:13 pm

Brands that have a pretty good name - Vittoria/Geax, Continental, Schwalbe, Maxxis. There are probably lots of others I don't have experience with in recent years.
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Re: Tyres For Commuter

Postby Mulger bill » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:47 pm

What sort of terrain?
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
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Re: Tyres For Commuter

Postby Kieran263 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:02 am

It will be mainly road, it's fairly dodgy though.
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Re: Tyres For Commuter

Postby Mulger bill » Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:15 am

Then methinks you could get awat with 28s. I swear by Conti Gatorskins for my commuter but there's plenty of options available.
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Re: Tyres For Commuter

Postby Paddles » Sat Feb 23, 2013 9:51 am

mate, i've chucked a set of michelin "city" 28's on my bike and they're tough as old boots, and at less than AU$16 each they were also damn cheap from a popular UK online bike shop
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Re: Tyres For Commuter

Postby Nobody » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:37 am

Kieran263 wrote:Hey guys,
The uni year starts in a couple of weeks for me and I need a new set of tyres.
My bike(Reid Condor, I know I know, it does the job) It has the cheapest of cheap
25c tyres on it at the moment. I'd like to go for a wider tyre and the frame has enough
space to accommodate a 32c but I have no idea what brands are reputable, I don't
want to start a brand war, I just need an idea of where to start.
Cheers
Kieran
Are punctures a regular issue?
Do you run mudguards or are you considering running them in the future?
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Re: Tyres For Commuter

Postby Kieran263 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:39 pm

I've only had a couple of punctures in the last year and a half, on the same dodgy tyres.
I'm not planning on running mudguards at all to be honest.
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Re: Tyres For Commuter

Postby DavidS » Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:31 pm

I've had very good experiences with Schwable. I run Marathon Supreme, but they are expensive. The Marathon plus are less expensive and excellent. If you are trying to save money online is a lot cheaper. Those Michelins look cheap and if good would represent great value. You would be able to get 28s on your rims I reckon, my tyres are 28mm wide and it is a nice size.

I wouldn't discount mudguards, they are very effective.

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Re: Tyres For Commuter

Postby jasonc » Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:39 am

DavidS wrote:I've had very good experiences with Schwable. I run Marathon Supreme, but they are expensive. The Marathon plus are less expensive and excellent. If you are trying to save money online is a lot cheaper. Those Michelins look cheap and if good would represent great value. You would be able to get 28s on your rims I reckon, my tyres are 28mm wide and it is a nice size.

I wouldn't discount mudguards, they are very effective.

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+1 to marathon plus. there are quite a few of us on here that use them for commuting. Am up to 6000kms on mine.
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Re: Tyres For Commuter

Postby Nobody » Sun Feb 24, 2013 7:48 pm

Nobody wrote:
Kieran263 wrote:Hey guys,
The uni year starts in a couple of weeks for me and I need a new set of tyres.
My bike(Reid Condor, I know I know, it does the job) It has the cheapest of cheap
25c tyres on it at the moment. I'd like to go for a wider tyre and the frame has enough
space to accommodate a 32c but I have no idea what brands are reputable, I don't
want to start a brand war, I just need an idea of where to start.
Cheers
Kieran
Are punctures a regular issue?
Do you run mudguards or are you considering running them in the future?
In that case I suggest you have a look at the regular Marathons. The pluses are more money which is probably pointless for you.
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Re: Tyres For Commuter

Postby il padrone » Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:13 pm

And the Marathon Plus are ridiculously heavy. There are significantly lighter tyres that will give you perfectly fine puncture protection, some equally as good as the Plus. Just that they will weigh 65% of the weight.
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Re: Tyres For Commuter

Postby clackers » Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:20 pm

I've had good experiences with the 28mm versions of the Vittoria Randonneur and Continental Sports Contact. The latter is thinning now so I've just bought some Schwalbe Duranos for future use.
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Re: Tyres For Commuter

Postby AndrewBurns » Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:47 pm

I run 28c continental GP 4 seasons on my commuter. I don't do big km compared to some but I never really get punctures and I wanted to lean towards a faster tyre. Never felt like I had a problem with grip in the dry or wet either, and I have ridden in some pretty heavy downpours.
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Re: Tyres For Commuter

Postby Lurkin » Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:32 pm

I've recently switched from a 700 x 23c Kenda to 700 x 25 Vittoria Randonneur, due to the recent rain and punctures.

No punctures so far, definitely more grip in the rain. Cheap too at $35 per tyre.
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