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carolync2012-01-19 01:15:09 +0000 #1
I'm in the need for a new tire for my Ruby. I still have the original tires (Specialized Pro all condition) with 2000+ miles on them.

Was headed out for a ride and noticed I had a flat, front tire had a big slash, I guess I got home from my ride just in time.

Any recommendations on a good all purpose tire. I am more of a leisurely rider rather than any racer, if that makes any difference.

Should I replace my rear tire at the same time?

Thanks!

Carolyn
indysteel2012-01-19 01:30:18 +0000 #2
I've always had good luck with Vittoria Rubino Pros. I used to get pretty good deals on them at probikekit.com, but I haven't purchased any for a while. The "right" tire depends, in part, on what kind of roads your ride. If they're in bad shape and/or you encounter debris and the like on a regular basis, you might want to go with a more puncture resistent tire.
tulip2012-01-19 01:29:12 +0000 #3
I like Serfas Seca. I've also had very good experiences with Hutchinson.

I had a blowout on a new Michelin Pro Race, but alot of folks like them. Mine may have been defective, but since then I've just gone with what I know works.
nscrbug2012-01-19 01:54:44 +0000 #4
I've had good luck with Vittoria Diamante Pro and Michelin Krylion, so those are my 2 "go to" tires.
azfiddle2012-01-19 01:48:17 +0000 #5
We have so many thorns in Arizona that I use Continental Gatorskins. I think Armadillos are equally protective.
Roadtrip2012-01-19 01:54:18 +0000 #6
I use Gatorskins on my Ruby as well... 700x25 as opposed to the 700x23 that came on it. I tried to put 28s on the bike, but ended up not having enough clearance.

Good Luck and let us know what you decided on.

Shannon
carolync2012-01-19 01:42:17 +0000 #7
Thanks all! I like the idea of gatorskins. A friend of mine has the michelins and he like them. Occasionally I ride a short distance on a gravel trail, so that may be the way to go. I have a groupon for a LBS, but I do want to go in with some knowledge!
OakLeaf2012-01-19 01:54:22 +0000 #8
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Conti GP4000 yet. The other tire thread going on right now, that was 80% of everyone's choice.

I'm on my third front and fourth rear and just love them. They've got a nice round profile that gives my bike great handling (as opposed to the Michelins with their built-in flat spot - Michelins came on my bike and the difference was amazing when I changed them). I rarely flat (touch wood). I get about 2200+ miles out of a front and 3500+ rear, and I usually replace them before they're all the way down to the wear indicators. Plus they come in purty colors (in 23c, the 25c tires are black only).

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