- touring tyres
Mrs PP and I use Schwalbe City Jets. I can’t see why you’d need anything beefier for touring TBH. Mine have done about 1700 miles now and are getting a bit low but they aren’t puncturing so I’m carrying on with them. We tour with rear panniers and I tow a trailer with the camping gear in, I think my outfit is over the 150kg mark with me on it and we do do a few off road sections too. Works fine. 🙂
Something like this.Posted 4 years ago
Our recent Castles and Coasts tour….
Did my first (mini) tour at the weekend and had a bit of a mishap with the one tyre,I had a blowout which resulted in the tyre coming off and ending up with a three inch gash in it. As luck happens,it was only two miles from the end of my ride,so no big problem.
So,can you recommend some 26 inch touring tyres please(I’m guessing tour tyres will be uprated to cope with the weight), and if possible I’d like them to be folding cos I thought I might carry a spare next time,or do you think that would be not necessary if I had the proper tyres anyway?
Cheers everyonePosted 4 years agomickolasMember
I use vittoria rubino pro slick folding mtb 26×1.5″ for high mileage commuting. not officially one of the most puncture proof tyres (marathons etc) but ive been using these and their road bike counterparts for a while now and rate them nonetheless. rated to 95psi, which on a 1.5 tyre should give decent load luggage potential. rolls fast. not the grippiest ever but long lasting. maybe get one as a spare? £17.99 on wiggle last time I looked – not too bad for a folding?Posted 4 years agobutcherMember
I’ve been running Continental Travel Contact on one of my bikes for about 2 years now. They’ve done probably over 2k miles, over all kinds of terrain. Had 3 punctures (two thorns, and one tiny piece of glass that must have worked its way in over time). Overall they’re excellent. Fast. Can handle the rough. And while they’re not looking as chunky as they once were, they still have loads of life in them. I was thinking about trying Marathon Plus next, just for the sake of it, to see what they’re like, but I’m reluctant to change.Posted 4 years agoFOGSubscriber
I bought some 26″ Marathon + for some gravel road touring but got a puncture just riding on the road. They are very heavy, roll slowly and were a bit of a wrestle to get on and off. The 700c Panaracer Paselas I bought in a similar emergency to the OP [ but a long way from home]have been no trouble whatsoeverPosted 4 years agoedlongMember
Depending on what surfaces you ride on, you could have a look at schwalbe land cruisers. They’re sold as a trekking tyre, so as well as being tough and pretty smooth rolling, they’ve got a bit of bite if you stray off the tarmac much. Well, good for towpaths and the like, probably not for Hellvellyn.Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
I’m a fan of Big Apples, two bikes for four weeks on rough french backroads with off road forays – no punctures. In fact I’m pretty sure we’ve never punctured one, since 2006. (although I’m strangely blessed in the puncture dept, which I could say the same about chains).
Not really keen on skinnier 26″ slicks for touring on a MTB. The aesthetics upset me but also you’re reducing the diameter of the wheel and losing your higher gearing on the flat/downhill as a result. But the more practical reason is…. the aesthetics upset mePosted 4 years agobobloMember
I run Paselas as the default touring tyre for tandems and singles when on reasonable surfaces. They are half the weight of Marathons and feel very sprightly. I also use Marathons for commuting/rougher conditions (mainly 368’s from Spa) but have a pair of XR’s for real rough road/off road touring.
I did buy a Conti Touring Plus in extremis mid tour. It’s got about 2500 miles on it and apart from being tighter than a (insert inappropriate simile) to get on and off, it’s been fine. I also carry a folding spare on tour and have used it a couple of times.
Summary: good roads/sprightly touring = Paselas, crap roads/ultra reliable = MarathonsPosted 4 years ago
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