Advice on touring tyres..

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  1. oziedave

    oziedave New Member

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    Planing on riding across Australia in March (Sydney to Perth). Looking for a bit of advice on fast touring/road tyres. I ride a flat bar road bike towing a bob yak trailer and currently running on 700x25c Vittoria Rubino pro slicks. Thinking about Continental Gatorskins 700x28c. Will these be upto the trip. Any other ideas.??
    Cheers.
     
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  2. Albert 50

    Albert 50 New Member

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    No experience with that type of riding, enjoy you,re adventure. Btw do you have a timetable or will you take it as it comes? Having a rest in Perth or continuing on?
     
  3. oziedave

    oziedave New Member

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    Have 7 weeks off work. I live in Bunbury WA (200 kays south of Perth.). Getting bike and trailer trucked across a week before, then I'll fly over to Sydney and ride back.
    Plan on heading out to Dubbo, Broken Hill, Peterborough, Ceduna, Norseman, Kalgoorlie, Perth.
     
  4. gclark8

    gclark8 New Member

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    As well as the Conti Ultra Gator skins, have a look at Conti Sport Contact in 700x28. I saw a girl in Perth fit them to her bike, she then rode from the airport in Paris to her home in Switzerland.
     
  5. wongaga

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    If it were to be nice smooth bitumen all the way, no big pot-holes, no truck debris, no meandering off the track onto gravel to check interesting things out, then your Gatoralmost skins or indeed any other road tyre will do.

    But you know that won't be the case. Look at something like Continental Top Tourer or other dedicated touring tyres. They will have more robust sidewalls, deeper tread (to help keep the nasties away from your tube) and more width to deal with a wider range of road surfaces. I am a Conti lover, but there are many good touring tyres on the market. Just don't try and be a weight-weenie!
    Check out the various "touring" forums for input from other touring type riders.

    Good luck, Graeme
     
  6. 62vette

    62vette Well-Known Member

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    You'll get good mileage and flat protection out of Vittoria Randonneur tyres. You can get them in 700x28 and 700x32. They'll do OK off the seal as well.

    I have used them as training tyres on my roadie and got no punctures on one set in 12 months (10,000+km) vs at least 2 a month on normal road slicks which only do about 4,000km at best.
     
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    mikesbytes New Member

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    I hear that the wind is better, if you ride from Perth to Sydney (west to east).
     
  8. oziedave

    oziedave New Member

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    I heard the oppsite.... What ever time of year or which way you ride wind is always going to be a problem.. I'll let you know when I get back...

    Cheers

     
  9. Wrightstuff

    Wrightstuff New Member

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    I have been using specialized All-condition Pro tyres (700x 23's)and have gone through about 3 tyres on the rear each lasting for 5-7 000 km and only started getting punctures towards the ends of the tyre's life. Have recently been using the Gatorskin and although the tyre is lighter I have had regular punctures and the tyre is slipperier in wet condtions. I have bought a Maxxis Hors Categorie to try out when the Gatorskin wears out.

    I would suggest on your trip carrying a lightweight folding tyre that you can use in an emergenty if a tyre is damaged. I always carry one with me now if I am going distances where there are hardly any other cyclists and the road conditions are unknown.
     
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    caferacerwanabe New Member

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    Surprised nobody has mentioned Schwalbe or Nokian these guys specialise in touring stuff moreso than the race-centric brands above.
     
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    I've heard the Schwalbe Marathon Plus is a great tyre, a lot better that the Marathon apparently.
     
  12. oziedave

    oziedave New Member

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    Ended up buying a pair of Specialized All Condition Armadillo's 700x28.
    Cheers for advice..
     
  13. daviddd

    daviddd New Member

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    Oziedave, are you keeping a blog of the ride? I'm currently devouring these as fast as I can find them (there aren't that many) leading up to my (anti-clocwise) Lap starting at Perth in October. I'm particularly interested in an up to date note of water availability in the Nullabor if you can be bothered to record this, and anything else of interest...
     
  14. fauxpas

    fauxpas New Member

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    I would have thought if you were a good enough rider to ride across Aus, you'd have enough experience to know what tyre to use...

    Or am I being a dick? :eek:
     
  15. daviddd

    daviddd New Member

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    The answers in your hands mate.
     
  16. 62vette

    62vette Well-Known Member

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    ROFLMAO, pwn3d
     
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    jur New Member

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    Vittoria Randonneur/Pro. Designed with this sort of epic riding in mind.
     
  18. fauxpas

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    Hands, plural, being the operative word... :eek:
     
  19. daviddd

    daviddd New Member

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    I think this is a 700c tyre only - it's 26" I'm after (Fauxpas - just don't answer that OK?)
     
  20. geoffs

    geoffs New Member

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    for 26" try Panaracer Pasela K Tourgard, Soma 1 1/4"(which is what we use on the tandem) or Avocet Cross

    Cheers

    Geoff
     
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