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    Need help with tire selection

    I have been thinking about commuting to work for awhile now and have finally decided to do it. My problem is that half my commute will be on dirt (canal riding) and half on road. I'll be commuting on a road bike but need to change my tires to something that can hold up on the dirt as well as the pavement. I also would like to avoid as much rolling resistance as possible on the road so knobbies aren't going to work. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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    What kind of tire clearance does your road bike have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrampBredo
    What kind of tire clearance does your have?
    I have 700x23c tires on there now with a little more than a quarter inch on each side.

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    Is it hard packed or loose stuff? I've rode over hard pack with Continental slicks and it was fairly uneventful. It has some tread, but I'm not entirely sure what it's there for.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jseko
    Is it hard packed or loose stuff? I've rode over hard pack with Continental slicks and it was fairly uneventful. It has some tread, but I'm not entirely sure what it's there for.

    Its mostly hardpacked with a couple loose spots. I like those tires but wasn't sure if they would hold up on the dirt. I would be on dirt for about four of the 8 miles.

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    I only went about 2 miles of groomed hardpack and I was going fairly slow. You are probably ok with those Continentals slicks but you might be better off with a bit more tread for the loose stuff.

    I'm currently riding on these in 622x42. They seem ok on hardpack, but I don't go super aggressive in the turns on dirt.



    BTW, I don't intend to sound like a advertisement. My bike came with the Touring Plus and the other bike I considered buying and test rode had the Sport Contacts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jseko
    I only went about 2 miles of groomed hardpack and I was going fairly slow. You are probably ok with those Continentals slicks but you might be better off with a bit more tread for the loose stuff.

    I'm currently riding on these in 622x42. They seem ok on hardpack, but I don't go super aggressive in the turns on dirt.



    BTW, I don't intend to sound like a advertisement. My bike came with the Touring Plus and the other bike I considered buying and test rode had the Sport Contacts.
    Yeah this isn't groomed by any means. Its only hardpacked from the city trucks that drive along the canal.

    The continental plus tire looks like it would be worth a try. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Maybe these? Says they're good on pavement and hardpack.


    https://www.schwalbetires.com/bike_t...ires/hurricane

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    OP - go try the route, and see if you even need different tires. 23mm tires are surprisingly good on dirt.

    Failing that, look for a cyclocross tire with a file tread.

    Something like this.



    This particular tire is a 34mm model, and it sounds like that would be pushing it - might or might not work. But 32mm is a common size for a 'cross tire, and you can get file treads in 28 or 30 as well, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    OP - go try the route, and see if you even need different tires. 23mm tires are surprisingly good on dirt.

    Failing that, look for a cyclocross tire with a file tread.

    Something like this.



    This particular tire is a 34mm model, and it sounds like that would be pushing it - might or might not work. But 32mm is a common size for a 'cross tire, and you can get file treads in 28 or 30 as well, I think.
    That tire also looks like it would work. Thanks for all the suggestions. There are a lot of good tires out there. I have thought about just riding the route once on the tire I have to see how it goes but they are slicks.

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    gotta clear the brake caliper too

    i hve a feeling that the largest tire thats going to clear the caliper is going to be a 25c. Ill suggest the panaracer tserv. Love these..

    <img src=https://www.ramblabikepr.com/prodimages/tserve.jpg>

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    Fyxation tires might work. they come in sizes that will work with your bike and have tread bead to bead.

    http://www.fyxation.com/products

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    Quote Originally Posted by theGreenEGg
    Its mostly hardpacked with a couple loose spots. I like those tires but wasn't sure if they would hold up on the dirt. I would be on dirt for about four of the 8 miles.
    I got a pair of those (Sprot Contacts) with 2 years on them no flats....

    I got maybe 1000 km with hard pack and gravel so no problem there...

    They are not so great on gravel though....Pretty damn good on hardpack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm
    i hve a feeling that the largest tire thats going to clear the caliper is going to be a 25c. Ill suggest the panaracer tserv. Love these..

    <img src=https://www.ramblabikepr.com/prodimages/tserve.jpg>
    I missed your post, but coincidentally just ordered those yesterday in 32 for the cross bike. Almost as light as my true cross tires (WTB cross wolfs), but hopefully better wearing, smoother on pavement, and more flat resistant. I will be interested to see how they do on my dirt road, or if I get caught in a little early snow before switching to the MTB and studded tires. Hopefully I can keep the rubber side down.

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    I decided to ride the route this morning to see what its like and it was fast hardpacked dirt. I still want to go with a little wider tire with some tread but now I know what type of dirt I will be riding on. Thanks for all the suggestions. They were all very helpful!

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