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I Ride Through Glass: what's your favorite tire for urban commuting?

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
I'm a fan of Specialized's Armadillo tire, and have been riding it in NYC for quite a while. What do you use to prevent those tiny little pebbles or shards of glass from ruining your average mph on your commute? How much is the MSRP, usually?*Bonus points if the tire comes in all-black for über-cool sleekness! 


* include the price, if you can remember. I'll try and make a wiki out of this one if enough people answer.
post #2 of 26
 Continental Gatorskins on my 700c wheels, Armadllos on the 26in wheels. Any suggestions on flat resistant 16 inch tires? Armadillos don't flat, but sections of tread comes away from the cords before it's worn very thin. They last pretty long though. I prefer the Contis over the Specialized  for both durability and ride but they don't come in mtb size. The Specialized seem to be a little better on puncture resistance.
post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
 Continental Gatorskins on my 700c wheels, Armadllos on the 26in wheels. Any suggestions on flat resistant 16 inch tires?

I don't currently own a trailer so I've never tried them in that size, but I do notice that Schwalbe Big Apples are available in 16in.     Wonder if anyone ever puts thorn guards on trailers?

Armadillos don't flat, but sections of tread comes away from the cords before it's worn very thin. They last pretty long though. I prefer the Contis over the Specialized  for both durability and ride but they don't come in mtb size. The Specialized seem to be a little better on puncture resistance.
Agreed on Specky puncture.

Anyone tried Panaracer RiBmos?
post #4 of 26
I ca also report good puncture resistance and durability with the Gatorskins. Expect 2000 to 3000 miles and very few flats.

Michael
post #5 of 26
Thread Starter 
A super-quick Google Shopping search shows that it looks like Gatorskins can be had for around $35, while the Armadillos come in at $45-60. Hard to say which is the better deal if the Gators last longer but the Armadillos are a little better at not getting punctured...
post #6 of 26
Back in the heyday of the Conti 2000 I had tread come off the tires on a long descent.    Rolling into Thurmont at 40+mph my rear tire gets all squirrel-cack - BAM I land on the just-fixed rotator cuff.  

Haven't bought Contis in like 8 years: all Panaracer or Michelin me.    Of course, where I ride is glassy smoothness exemplified compared to where telerod does.
post #7 of 26
Rode some Serfas Secas (on Weinmann concaves) today.    700x28 can feel plush in a construction site even at 120 psi.
post #8 of 26
Thread Starter 
700x28 wheels should come with a "Caution: Wide Load" sticker.

I think I'm gonna go the cheap route and try out Nashbar's kevlar tires. Surprisingly, even riding through the Bronx hasn't chewed up my tire that much...I've only had a few flats in 600 miles and I only had to boot the tire with an old piece of tube once.
post #9 of 26
Studded Nokian Hakkepalettas 26". $75 each when new back in the mid '90s. I bought them used for $75.00 a pair. Matched to a GT Tequesta all rigid. Pretty bomber for going to the mail in a snow storm.

MR
post #10 of 26
Armadillos slip slide in the wet.
post #11 of 26
 Don't boot with old tube. You need a less stretchy material to prevent the tube from blistering out of the tear in the casing. Use folded up dollar bill, Powerbar wrapper or duct tape.  Even this is temporary. Ride a booted tire for several days, and the edges of the boot will eventually wear new holes in the tube.
post #12 of 26
You have 10+ year old tires purchased second hand that you haven't worn out yet. You need to get out more. Riding to the mail box doesn't actually qualify as commuting.
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Studded Nokian Hakkepalettas 26". $75 each when new back in the mid '90s. I bought them used for $75.00 a pair. Matched to a GT Tequesta all rigid. Pretty bomber for going to the mail in a snow storm.

MR
post #13 of 26
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Armadillos slip slide in the wet.

What doesn't?
post #14 of 26
I did get the Hawks and the bike for a three mile or so commute (each way) and used them extensively.The studs on the Hawks basically protect the rubber from any wear. It is a pleasant clicking sound on pavement and silent super grip on ice.

Agreed, PO is not commuting.

MR
post #15 of 26
 I want some. We have a lot more ozone down here, they would rot before ten years for sure.
post #16 of 26
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What doesn't?

Vittoria Rubino Pros .  Same bike, same spot, same pressure, same wet concrete: climbing the Foundry underpass from the Crescent to Georgetown University.    

The Armadillos went backwards at about 2/3 power and I had to zigzag to make the climb.   Vittorias went straight up.


edit: corrected for proper uni.
post #17 of 26
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Vittoria Rubino Pros
 

I was thinking Corsa CG.
post #18 of 26
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I was thinking Corsa CG.

Haven't ridden those yet.
post #19 of 26

I changed out a pair of Schwalbe Stelvios for Michelin Pro Race 3's just before the BTC.  I've now gone through 3 tires in 1500 miles.  I think they are a piece of junk.  They cut easily, and I've had more flats since putting these tires on than I've had in probably the past 4 years combined.

 

Picked up a pair of Vredstein Fortezza Race's.  I replaced the rear Michelin 10 days ago, and it looks brand new even though its got 300 miles on it.  The front Michelin is going off tonight.

 

Mike

post #20 of 26
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 Michelin Pro Race 3's


post #21 of 26
Mike, there has been some similar talk on BF about problems with the ProRace 3's, but that hasn't been my experience at all. I have over 600mi on my 1st pair so far, and not only no flats or cuts, but not even a sign of wear. (now I'm cursed, of course!!) Perhaps it is my light weight, but they have been great, and I got them for only about $37 each on PBK (with free shipping). I can't say I would recommend it as a commuting tire in NYC, but I use it for my everyday training tire (mounted on Fulcrum Racing 3's with no rim strip).
post #22 of 26
Best of luck David.  I truly hope your experience is better than mine.  How's your training coming?

Mike
post #23 of 26
I had to go and open my big mouth, didn't I?! First flat occurred less than 24 hours after I made that post. No problem with the tire, however- I bunny-hopped one of those steel plates that the road repair people put over the big holes they dig, but landed with the rear tire on the edge. One second later I heard the hissing sound. I think that the impact may have ruptured the tube. There is no damage whatsoever that I can find on the tire.

Training is coming along. I rode Vail pass twice over last weekend, but this week has been kind of a bust, owing to getting out of work very late each night.I need to get some more 50+ mile rides in on Sundays, but I'm feeling pretty well.
post #24 of 26
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Originally Posted by dp View Post

I had to go and open my big mouth, didn't I?! First flat occurred less than 24 hours after I made that post. No problem with the tire, however- I bunny-hopped one of those steel plates that the road repair people put over the big holes they dig, but landed with the rear tire on the edge.

Was there a pair of holes like a snakebite on the tube?
post #25 of 26
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Was there a pair of holes like a snakebite on the tube?
 

Yeah, that is what I am wondering, too. I haven't gotten around to checking yet.
post #26 of 26
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