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best cycle tyre for daily commuting use?

June 17, 2012

OK cycling fans… Nominations for the best tyre for daily commuting use?
I’m used to and very pleased with the stock Specialized Borough Xc Sport Tyre 700×45 that came with the bike. And to be honest they’ve been good but will need changing soon.
The tyres are for a hybrid styled specialised crosstrail sport disc 2011

So types for daily commuting use: ?
SUBURBAN ROADS; as commuters are aware too often suburban roads are fraught with off-road style obstacles, grit, debris, thorns and potholes.GOOD GRIP:

for the wet, oil and grit.
DURABLE: as used twice daily.
SPEED: good reasonable speed, not too much drag.
PUNCTURE RESISTANCE: The SBXc above only had one puncture in 14mths. But, do I have the tube to thank for that? The tyres are peppered with cuts after a year of suburban roads.

I’m told a wider tyre (a larger contact area) offers more comfort, are less prone to punctures(?), and will provide more grip. I do like the ‘idea’ of the semi slick(?) smooth in the centre with knobbed on the sides.

Nominations for the best tyre for daily commuting use?
What have you got?
What do you recommend?

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11 Comments
  1. dave permalink
    June 17, 2012 9:02 pm

    hi jules how did the tap washer instalation go?

  2. June 17, 2012 10:04 pm

    All well! Two new taps on ta. Drained system. Need to sort that dodgy valve tap thing in the aircupboard sometime but all sweet in kitchen.

    • dave permalink
      June 18, 2012 4:50 pm

      cool no prob glad you fixed it chap

  3. June 17, 2012 10:18 pm

    Dave Warnock says One of the Marathon range from Schwalbe as I hate punctures.

    Jules Richards thinks ummm! Ta. but which to choose such choice… I guess this looks the part:
    http://www.schwalbe.co.uk/tour/marathon-plus-tour/

    Jules Richards Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour Wired Road Tyre
    Schwalbe Marathon Plus Smartguard City Tyre
    ??? argh! The choice?

    Dave Warnock says The plus is the most puncture proof but relatively slow. I have found the classic good on my road bike. I use the plus tour on the cargo bike but think probably overkill for commuting.

    John Kirk says I’m a big fan of Gatorskins. http://www.bikeradar.com/fitness/article/buyers-guide-to-commuter-tyres-11421/
    Buyer’s Guide to Commuter Tyres http://www.bikeradar.com
    When selecting tyres for commuting they need to be grippy, reliable, and fairly quick.

    Jules says; Ta, looked many places but crazily forgot bike radar.
    Crazily they think… “the perfect commuting tyre doesn’t exist”…?

  4. June 18, 2012 12:59 pm

    Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour
    http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/components/tyres/road/product/review-schwalbe-marathon-plus-tour-tyre-34012
    probable choice at mo but with the SBXc I’m used to no centre tread but effective side tread… hummm

  5. June 30, 2012 8:12 pm

    Jules,

    My Schwalbe Durano 28mm tyres just completed Lands End to John O’Groats in 11 days with zero punctures. That included some terrible roads and a fair bit of off road stuff as well.

    I only had to pump them up once and that was because I let them down first to take the wheels off when I had worn out front and rear brake pads in the first 6 days.

    Excellent tyres!

    • July 1, 2012 2:45 pm

      Thanks Dave, do you think 32s will fit my wheels? I have 45s on now.
      Also would I need new inner tubes?
      Degreaser and lubed today and looked at current tyres – loads of nicks and cuts.
      Hope legs et al are recovering fom your gr8 adventure.

      • July 18, 2012 9:19 pm

        Sorry Jules missed your reply.

        Yes they will fit. Probably same inner tube will be for 32 to 45 anyway.

        Don’t forget to recalibrate your bike computer (unless you are using your phone), or you will think you are riding a lot faster 🙂

      • July 18, 2012 9:59 pm

        Ta, I went for 32mm Schwalbe Durano Plus and yup much better roll after Specialized Borough Xc Sport Tyre 700�45. Having to get used to the feeling of less support than the 45mm as u mention the road conditions on a typical suburban commute is often near off-road. Nasty Barkby Road just getting worse https://julesprichards.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/well-done-leicester-city-council/

        (No bike comp. Just endomondo on HTC one.)

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