[BVC-CHAT] Mtn bike tire recommendations
cycleguy2300 at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 13 11:37:22 CST 2010
If your off-pavementing consists of only dirt roads and 4-wheeler paths, you may be fine with the slicks. You know what you ride, give some of it a shot with the slicks and see how they do. My bet is they will do great. If they don't do so hot, I think it would be worth keeping the slicks on for commuting then swapping out tires only when you need to. Anything with knobs will get the job done, but if you want nice tires Kenda's "Small Block Eights" are a tight fast pattern for everything but mud and for looser (or muddier) terrain Panaracer's "Fire XC Pros" are solid (and my all-around choice)
Matt the "Yes, I dabble in the dirt" Hatt
From: Gary Varner <gary at philosophy.tamu.edu>
To: Brazos Valley Cyclists <bvc-chat at philebus.tamu.edu>
Sent: Wed, January 13, 2010 10:05:10 AM
Subject: [BVC-CHAT] Mtn bike tire recommendations
I don't much like to shop, so I'd appreciate it if someone would tell me what to buy for a new pair (or two) of mtn bike tires.
I do all my exercise from home on a road bike, but I use a Trek 3200 mtn bike for commuting to/from my office, some trips to the store, etc. The only time I use it off-pavement is when I go camping. I always camp off pavement and while camping (up to 3-5 weeks/year) I usually ride 2-3 hours/day. Most of that is on dirt roads and some rougher four wheel drive paths, but not what proper mountain bikers would consider proper mountain bike trails (so I'm a dilettante).
I've worn out the pair of Bontrager knobbies that came with the bike and the pair of smooth Armadillos I put on for commuting.
Suggestions about what to buy?
I have the last living Armadillo and the last living Bontrager on it now, and those will be OK for getting around town for a while yet. So I guess what I want are recommendations about relatively inexpensive knobbies, although I would also welcome suggestions for a compromise tire (commute/off-pavement) or a pure commuter tire.
Thanks in advance,
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