Sorry but what commuting tyres?
I have been running schwalbe city speed cruiser(?) on my commuting hack for a some time. They have done me well with very few punctures but I picked up two today.
Turns out that the end of one strand of the wire bead has poked out of the tyre carcass leaving a spike on the inside of the tyre so I guess it is time for the bin.
Question is what is the current favourite for loaded commuting? Running a heavily laden pompetamine at the mo (two laptops,lunch, change of clothes etc) and have been running on 700x35c.
Commute is 20km on either tarmac or gravel canal path and puncture resistance is a high priority.
Whats the hive’s recommendations?Posted 3 years agoSuperficialMember
Cheap tyres, or lightweight tyres are just not worth bothering with.
I’ve always used Conti Gatorskins and I think they’re great, but I’m sure the Schwalbe ones are good too. The contis aren’t perfect; they’re a bit heavy, they feel dead and they’re not the grippiest. But unlike any other tyre I’ve used, they do seem to be fit-and-forget. Which is what you want in a commuting tyre.Posted 3 years agoiamconfusedagainMember
I use Schwalbe Marathon Plus and they appear bullet proof.
They are totally different to road tyres like gatorskins, Durano etc. The trade off is simple, a tyre like the marathon plus or the Vittoria Randonneur is a tougher tyre, but much much slower feeling than the gatorskins.Posted 3 years agonicknameMember
Had Durano/Durano plus in the past. Not a great experience really, way too many punctures for my liking.
Now switched to Schwalbe Marathon Original GreenGuard (700x23c). Feel a bit slower, but not enough to make a different to my commute time. No punctures yet, chuffed with them 🙂Posted 3 years agostoffelMember
Whatever you can get for as cheap as possible. It’s not going to make a jot of difference.
Utter nonsense. I’ve ‘tested’ countless tyres commuting, and the reinforced types such as the Marathon Plus, Specialized Armadillo, and Continental Gatorskin are significantly better in terms of puncture resistance than cheap tyes. I’ve recently replaced a Specialized Armadillo tyre which had chunks of the actual outer rubber fall off, yet they tyre stayed inflated. Yes, they’re havier, slower and more expensive, but the trade off is worth it in my opinion; being stuck fixing a puncture at 10.30 in the evening, in January, in the rain, is somthng I like to avoid. The above tyre did a good few thousand miles with just one puncture that I can recall, and that was a nasty long tack; thorns, bits of glass etc weren’t ever a problem.Posted 3 years agofaustusSubscriber
Another shout for Vittoria Randoneurs (I used the ‘cross’ version with wire bead) that are on Planet X. I used them all winter for commuting with zero puntures, they’re tough and not too heavy, and I paid £8.99 each, which is a bargain. They last very well too, i’ll be putting them on next winter and probably the one after.
I rate them for value and performance..Posted 3 years agothomthumbMember
depends on the route. on my old – slightly more rural – slightly posher areas commute anything would do.
on my new commute slightly more urban, rougher areas & lots of students = glass & crap in the road.
I’ve been gradually getting more and more puncture protection until i put marathon plus on – horrible ride – but no more punctures.Posted 3 years agosquirrelkingMember
I honestly can’t rate my 28 Durano Plus’ high enough, not one puncture in 3 years (touch wood) and I ride some horrific crap on them (in contrast the paper thin stock tyres were bursting on ~3mm gravel). Heavy, yes, but they roll fast so I still get to cruise along quite happily.Posted 3 years ago
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