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GelFreak
08-31-2006, 11:00 AM
So, I currently use an armadilo rear tire due to weekly flats. Well its stopped the flats, BUT it gets HORRIBLE traction in the rain. Any corner I take on any type of pavement I can feel my back end slide out or at least slip. As well, I cant pedal when approaching the white lines on the road. I almost flew over my bars one morning when I lost traction because I was pedaling uphill and ran over one of those, stop here, white lines.

My question is can anyone recommend a new rear tire for me? I need something that is puncture resistant due to having to commute through the NE industrial area. Otherwise I get all kinds of items stabbed into my tires reguraly. Yet I think its going to be really important this winter to have good traction with all the rain.

Thanks

thomschoenborn
09-01-2006, 10:42 AM
In wet weather, traffic paint, metal hole covers, and bridge joints are going to be slick. Period. No tires will eliminate that completely, but you knew that. However, plain ol' wet pavement should present little problem for decent tires.

I use Conti UltraGatorSkins with a wire bead. According to a dude at the Bike Gallery, the kevlar beaded Conti GatorSkins have more siliconized rubber in their compound, making them "stickier" and raising the price about $15 more. Color me cheap. Not as flat resistant as Armadillos (what is?), but I've ridden them for the last three years and they've treated me great.

You can also put those flat-resistant strips between your tire and your tube (but be careful of the pinch flat when you inflate them the first time, and realize it does nothing to protect your sidewall).

Also during the winter, I check my tire for small slivers of embedded glass more often than normal, and dig them out before they burrow in too deep. Again, you probably do the same.

On a negative note, I just lost a pair of the supposedly bombproof Rubinos during the Portland Century to massive glass cuts. It could be that I'm just unlucky, but that was pretty lame to lose $85 worth of tires in one day, especially in dry weather. However, I will say that the Rubinos rolled pretty sweet on both wet and dry pavement.

BillD
09-01-2006, 11:04 AM
I have had good luck with Continental Sport Contact (http://www.conti-online.com/generator/www/de/en/continental/bicycle/themes/tires/city/sportcontact/sportcontact_en.html) tires. they are very puncture resistant and provide good traction in the rain. They come in 700x32 and 37 and in 26x1.3 and 1.6. You can get them at River City or online.

Bill

RobCat
09-01-2006, 12:01 PM
I like my Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase, 700X32. They do quite well on pavement. Over wet manhole covers, not so much. :rolleyes:

thomschoenborn
09-01-2006, 08:11 PM
Couple o' silly questions:

1: wider tires = less punctures? Is that fairly definitive? And for extra credit: Why or why not?

2: how wide until you can't get 'em past dual pivot (roadie) brakes? Did I read BillD's comment right? 37? Seriously? Will those pontoons actually let you ride across the Willamette? ;-)

RobCat
09-02-2006, 07:08 AM
Couple o' silly questions:

1: wider tires = less punctures? Is that fairly definitive? And for extra credit: Why or why not?

I wouldn't think wider tires would fare any better, and in fact could collect more debris resulting in more flats. Often the front tire kicks up hazards from the roadway just in time for the rear tire to receive them, hence (it's been stated) the reason it always seems to be the rear you have to repair on the side of the road. :mad:

BillD
09-02-2006, 11:16 AM
Couple o' silly questions:

1: wider tires = less punctures? Is that fairly definitive? And for extra credit: Why or why not?

2: how wide until you can't get 'em past dual pivot (roadie) brakes? Did I read BillD's comment right? 37? Seriously? Will those pontoons actually let you ride across the Willamette? ;-)

I don't know for sure whether wider tires will yield fewer flats. I use wider tires because they absorb more shock due to lower pressure and give me a smoother ride. Here is the aforementioned 700x32 Conti with a Tektro 521AG long reach (47-57mm), dual pivot brake.... plenty of clearance.

http://www.pbase.com/billd9/image/48989776.jpg

and here is the same bike, tire and brake with Planet Bike fenders.... the fender moves a bit when the front brake is applied but there is no binding.

http://www.pbase.com/billd9/image/54897664.jpg

I don't know for sure if these tires will clear short reach brakes. You would have to try it. I do know that 28mm Conti Gatorskins will clear 39-49mm reach brakes... but just barely.

thomschoenborn
09-02-2006, 01:25 PM
Nice ride!

Tempo
09-02-2006, 06:25 PM
Quite happy with Vittoria Randonneur tires. Reflective sidewalls, too. :cool:

FixForLife
09-09-2006, 01:54 AM
vittoria rubino in the back
the vittorias are amazing, i've never been happier. they are lasting a long time as well (skidding and such).

verdestein ricorso in the front
what can i say about itialian racing tires......HOLY CRAP, GO GET YOURSELF SOME OF THESE!


and they both hold up under wet street

Simple Nature
09-09-2006, 02:15 PM
Lower the pressure a little. If your running 75-100psi, the tire is like solid rubber. A little more patch and a little more give will keep you on the intended vector much better. Stay at least 10psi over the minimum rating of your tire, however.


There are winter compounds out these. A few emails might get you some read data. Don't forget about Schwalbe. Their website rates every tire according to the riders requirements.

sunningotter
09-11-2006, 06:29 AM
I think that Vredestein is a Dutch tyre company... But, YEAH, I love them, it's like a magic carpet ride!

njwilken
09-24-2006, 03:32 PM
Try Rivendell's Ruffy Tuffy's or Panaracer Tourguards. No flats, great traction in all weather conditions.

DJoos
09-25-2006, 04:31 PM
I use the conti ultra gators, also try the green vittorias good for wet pavement, not so puncture resitant though. try using the widest your brake/frame/fork, i have a cross bike so a 28c fits fine.

jstarman
10-03-2006, 08:18 PM
IRC Tandem Duro 700 X 30C 360g ~$25

I have ridden 2500+ urban miles still plenty of tread left decent in the rain. Not sexy just practical.

As posted earlier lowering psi will improve the traction in the wet.