Touring Bike Tire Selection: Durability vs. Speed


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Dec 28, 2023
Hey fellow endurance cyclists,

Im looking for some advice on touring bike tire selection, specifically when it comes to the durability vs. speed debate. As cyclists who love pushing our limits on long-distance rides, we know how crucial it is to have the right equipment for the job.

When it comes to tires, we generally have two main concerns: how long theyll last and how much theyll slow us down. Durability is essential for those long tours where access to bike shops may be limited, while speed is crucial for competitive events or simply for enjoying a fast, smooth ride.

So, whats the sweet spot between durability and speed for touring bike tires? Are there any specific brands or models that strike this balance particularly well? What have your personal experiences been with different tires in this regard?

Ive heard that some cyclists opt for high-quality racing tires, sacrificing some durability for increased speed. Others swear by more robust touring tires, even if it means dealing with a bit more rolling resistance.

Personally, Ive been using a set of mid-range touring tires that offer a decent balance between durability and speed. However, I cant help but wonder if theres something better out there that Ive been missing.

Challenging conventional wisdom, would you say that its better to prioritize durability over speed, or vice versa? Or is the answer somewhere in between, depending on the specific needs and goals of the cyclist?

Im excited to hear your thoughts and learn from your collective wisdom. Lets help each other make the most informed decisions about our gear, so we can tackle those endurance rides with confidence and ease!

Happy cycling!


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