Please recommend me a commuting tyre 700x32c
Morning, I need to replace the 700x32c tyres on my commuting bike – I ride 5 miles each way on Sheffield city streets. I could do with something as puncture-proof as possible that’ll do the job all year round and be fairly fast rolling, although I’m happy to compromise to get some grip. If you’ve ever cycled on Sheffield roads, you’ll probably appreciate that they need to be reasonably robust too.
Been looking at Conti TourRide, which seem decent value at around £15; are the Schwalbe Marathon Plus worth paying almost twice that? Alternatively, can anybody recommend anything else? Thanks.Posted 4 years ago
had about 1 puncture / month with standard marathons – always the rear tyre. it seemed that although i could ride through broken glass with no immediate effect, bits of glass would get stuck deep in the tread, and slowly work their way in – driven by my weight? (more weight over the rear). my puncture rate dropped a lot when i took 1 evening a week to picking bits of glass out of my tyres with tweezers.
(20k every day, in sheffield, where it’s potholes and broken glass ***king everywhere)
had none in over a year since i changed the rear to a marathon plus.
if you never want to get a puncture, and can accept the weight*, it’s marathon plus for the win.
(*my 700×32 weighs more than 800g)
i’ve even stopped the tweezing…Posted 4 years agoTPTcruiserSubscriber
Marathon plus on the back for me also, Heeley to Chapeltown, a replacement for a “CST 700 x 32 Kevlar Inside” shredded after nine months. Not looked at the rear since, no problems.
Front tyre ok though I have picked out the glass and metal last week after my first puncture at the front. Got a Marathon plus on my Xmas wish list for the front too.Posted 4 years agomartinwillyMember
Probably an annoying answer but I too loathe riding on slow tyres, like the Marathons. It depresses me and I’ve got too much commute to do to dawdle.
I’ve just changed my Continental Gatorskins 700x28c for another pair after 6000 kilometres commuting from central London to the burbs each day.
I had zero punctures in those 6000k.
I check my tyres most days and flick out any flints/shards with a pair of pointy tweezers. I now get to do this in a nice, dry, warm, well-lit basement but if I had to go back to doing in by head-torch in the garden, I’d still rather do that than go back to Marathons.
Conti do a 32 too.Posted 4 years agoTiRedMember
Schwalbe Marathon Plus for robust wet weather grip.
Schwalbe Durano Plus for a little less resistance.
both available in 700×28 and 700×32. I have never punctured a Marathon Plus and think I only had one in the Durano Plus before I wore them down.
Not a fan of Continental tyres in wet weather.Posted 4 years agotraildogMember
I’ve got some Marathon Plus and I have to admit that they are not my favourite tyre. They are certainly not the fastest which I notice even when fit (which I’m not atm – so I hate them more). Add in they are stiff and uncomfortable so that I really feel the rough surfaces.
Great puncture protection though. If my commute was half the distance, then I’d probably like them.
I bought them to replace the gatorskins which had worn out and which I punctured a number of times and found slippy in the wet. Marathons certainly improved on those faults I guess.Posted 4 years agoMary HingeMember
I have a 25 mile each way commute on 50% road 50% farm tracks/bridle ways/towpath/cycle lanes.
Marathon Greenguard in 35mm here. They are dog slow and heavy. BUT they are tough as old boots. I’d sooner lug them around than stop to fix punctures.
Tried other tyres and got punctures almost every ride.
Michelin Tracker were fairly good before them, and were very cheap.Posted 4 years agodidgermanMember
Marathon plus here, no punctures around the streets of glasgow, terrible potholes, iron work, broken glass, more of that than tarmac, and they’vePosted 4 years ago
been fine. Had lighter tyres before, very good, certainly noticed the weight when the schwalbes went on, but I prefer it to fixing the odd puncture at night, in -10 or peeing rain. Besides, it helps get fit, which is sort of the point.
Just to resurrect this thread… I went for the Marathon Plus in the end. First ride in this morning and I really like them. Not nearly as uncomfortable as I was expecting, and they seemed to roll really well. Noticeably heavier than the previous non-branded tyres that I had on the bike from new, but no problems so far.
They were an absolute pain to fit though, I managed to snap a plastic tyre lever and pinched two tubes. I recommend getting as narrow a tube as possible for the tyre/wheel size so there’s a bit less rubber to get caught between the tyre and the rim when you fit them. Hope they’re as puncture proof as they claim, cos I don’t relish the thought of changing a tube by the side of the road any time soon.Posted 4 years ago
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