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    What do yall prefer

    Skinny or fat road tires for your commute? I recently got a set of 26x1.5 nash streetwise tires to replace my knobbies. Even pumped up to 70lbs when im on it they seem to flatten out alot when i ride. They ride just fine and i like them, maybe im just not used to skinny tires. Im not a light dude coming in at 240lbs.

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    I ride 700x42mm tires, about 1.6 or 1.7 inch, and I only inflate to 40-45 front and 45-50 rear but I'm 160 pounds only.

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    right now, I'm at 700x32, but sometimes run 700x38's if I remove my fenders.

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    I just mounted a pair of Continental Gator Hardshells on 700x40Cs took them out for a test run yesterday and on my morning commute today and I have to say, why the hel didn't I do this sooner!

    I have had no issues with them being skinny, even at 265#, something that kept me from going skinny due to an old phobia and ignorance.

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    I have 26*2" Kenda kwest tires that I picked up for 9.99 each on sale. I run them at 60psi and they have been great. They don't seem to roll as good at the 1" Michelin City ride tires they replaced, which I ran at 60psi also. But they do seem a bit more forgiving and have worked great for about 1500 miles already. If I could have bought 1.5" or 1" I would give up the comfort for a little more speed on the ride to work.

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    I've got 26x2.35 Big Apples on my street bike, and love them so much. I'm 180lbs, and run them around 25psi. My commute is usually only 5mi one-way, but I've done a few 15 or 20mi commutes too, and still think they're fantastic. Our roads can be pretty terrible though, so I really like having the option of being able to plow over or through just about anything.

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    My city speeder used to have 26*1.95 Specialized Armadillo Hemisphere tires, they lasted for years over glass, nails and garbage. Since I've B-ed up, now I have Pacenti Quasi-motos and I now steer clear of the afore mentioned road crap. I'm looking into building up an old cross check as my commuter and am looking for another set of armadillo tires or perhaps some continentals. Less knobs and higher pressure I think works best, but to each their own.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    I"m running 29x2.3 Origin8 Captiv8ers and I like the plush ride at @ 50psi and tougher than steel, but gotta admit they are heavy.
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    Assuming that we're taking about slick tires on clear dry roads:

    Summer = skinny.

    Winter = fat.

    There are a lot of cracks in the roads that open up to about the width of a 23C tire when the pavement contracts in the cold. And of course when it's dark all the time they're hard to see.
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    fat, fat and more fat...I run Big Apples and Super Moto's (26x2.35) tubeless on my commuter/errand bike and will never go back to narrow tires..I'm 180 and run the 25 rear and 20 front and these give a supple, comfortable ride over most conditions

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    The errand bike sneaks in 700-38 with the rear fender over the brake (with cutouts). With groceries and me and the bike about 350 pounds.

    The Duchess is supple so 700-28 are no problem and the 700-32s (as fat as fenders allow) are not that much different in ride. I found the kevlar belt in some tires rode too harsh even in 700-32. So I am running the fattest tires I can or close which are skinny for most here.

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    Also in the minority here:
    26x1 Continentals
    or 700x21 or 700x23 of various flavors

    Continental Goliaths are about the only wider (1.5) tire that I can tolerate. Even the Paselas I have feel bouncy and vague at 1.25 wide.
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    bro this cardio is going to kill your gains

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    I'm rolling 700-40c Kenda Kouriers @ 60 psi, I couldn't be happier with them after several thousand miles. Enough meat for sloppy curb hops and phenomenal grip in all conditions.

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    700-28c. I'm 190lbs, plus rack, panniers loaded add another 15-25lbs. I've considered going to 32c, but fenders won't allow and I'm too lazy/cheap to change anything on the commuter. I like reflective sidewalls...
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    700 x 28c w 110 psi on a SS CX frame. Roll like buttah

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    My main commuter is a FUJI Newest 1.0 roadbike - 700 X 25 slicks.
    Sometimes I use a Brompton folding bike, also slim Kojak slicks.

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    700x25c Conti GP4000s, winter and summer and in between too.

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    Currently using 700x40c treaded touring tires. The only reason I'm going to go down to a 28c slick is to keep up on the group rides. It's hard work hammering a single speed in a geared group. Downside is that I'm going to wind up changing my sprockets. No big deal in the long run, as I'll retain all of my stuff for winter use.

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    700x28
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    700x38

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    I use 26 x 1.6 Conti SportContacts on my 'round town, grocery getter. I'm only 160 and run 44 f / 55 r psi, i.e. my front psi is 80% of the rear. I also do this on my road bike, 80 f / 100 r.

    I find that 80% is about right if you want the same amount of sidewall flex front and rear. And dropping the fronts makes a huge difference in comfort with little, if any, downside. In fact, you'll probably enjoy better grip and more even wear.

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    Here's an article referenced by the late Sheldon Brown on the subject:

    http://www.bikequarterly.com/images/TireDrop.pdf

    It seems you're fine with 70 psi for the rear but, given the lighter load on your front tire, you could probably drop it a bit.
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    Nashbar had Continental Town and Country's on sale for 15$. I'm running them @ 60 PSI
    I'm a clydesdale deluxe @ 275. They are plush, fast, and sticky.
    YMMV.

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    TBH, I have yet to buy tires for commuting. I've been riding tires that came on my commute bikes or tires cadged from friends or tires I took off other bikes when I put something fancier on them.

    But I'd say 700x25 is my favorite size. I weigh 160 lb lately and usually just carry a messenger bag.
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    Fat. Have been running 24"x3.45" 3GCyclesí ďHoggy-GĒ slicks for quite some time. They offer insane grip through corners down the hills on pavement. Of course, theyíre mounted on 24"x2.5" Surly Large Marge rimsÖ tires and rims came stock on my 2009 11th Anniversary Edition ďRat RideĒ Surly 1x1 singlespeed.
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    Just a Rollin' Stone

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    I was raised on a banana seat bike,
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    ^ Sorry OP, wrong thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhmeathead View Post
    Skinny or fat road tires for your commute? I recently got a set of 26x1.5 nash streetwise tires to replace my knobbies. Even pumped up to 70lbs when im on it they seem to flatten out alot when i ride. They ride just fine and i like them, maybe im just not used to skinny tires. Im not a light dude coming in at 240lbs.
    I'm 280 right now and I've found that I prefer a tire with a fairly stiff sidewall and for the rear to be at 90-100 PSI and the front to be about 75, otherwise it feels like the rear tire is getting squished.

    Here's what I like:

    Vittoria Randonneur Pro: These are great, not too heavy, super durable, very flat resistant. I run them at about 90 PSI. Can't go wrong with these and Nashbar has them on sale regularly. I run these front and rear on my vintage MTB turned tourer, and as a rear tire on my commuter. I love these tires.

    Panaracer T-Serv Pro-Tex: These tires run a little small so the 1.75" labelled one is actually about 1.5". I prefer these for a front tire as they are a softer more rubbery compound and are at about 75 PSI. This gives a touch of cushioning for my all rigid citi-fied MTB over the rough roads I travel on. Very good flat protection, not too heavy. I haven't run one of these on the rear, partially because I suspect the sidewall may not be as stiff as I would like and they might deflect too much. Great as a front tire though.

    Schwalbe Marathons: I haven't tried any of the more extreme versions of this tire (Dureme, Supreme, whatever), but I found the plain Marathon to have excellent flat protection, and this is coming from a 280 pound Clyde on roads that gave me 1-2 flats a day before I switched to quality tires. Frankly I don't see any point in spending more money for the more expensive versions of this tire unless you get an equivalent amount more miles out of them or they are significantly lighter. I got about 3,000 miles out of mine on the rear of my commuter before it got a couple of flats and I noticed there were a fair number of little cuts in it so I rotated it out for a Vittoria Rando Pro I had handy. Probably has some life left in it, but in my experience when a tire looks cut up and starts getting flats, even if it looks like it has a lot of tread, I'm courting regular flats. The Marathon was pretty heavy in comparison with the Panaracer T-Serv Pro-Tex and the Vittoria Rando Pro.

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