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    Tyre recommendations for the tricross? It currently has Continental Gator Skins which are completely slick.

    Looking for something for the road, odd bike path etc. Think 28mm is the biggest I can go on the rims...
    • CommentAuthorSimon Still
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2017 edited
     
    For maximum grip on road you want a completely slick tyre - think Formula 1 cars for motorised. The patterns on car tyres are there to disperse water in the wet and stop aquaplaning but that doesn't happen with bikes.
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tyres.html#tread - On 'road' bike tyres on a bike any pattern/tread is purely decorative.

    Off road on rough surfaces tread definitely makes a difference but a fully knobed mountain bike tyre rides (and wears) really badly on the road.

    The tyres they put on 'gravel bikes' are basically slick - keep what you've got would be my advice

    (eg http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/panaracer-gravel-king-road-bike-tyre/rp-prod149455?gs=1&utm_source=google&utm_term=&utm_campaign=Chain+Reaction-UK-PLA-PLA-All-DT-SE-Shopping+QLB+Generic+Desktop&utm_medium=base&utm_content=mkwid|sYcN1xNXf_dc|pcrid|161850070953|pkw||pmt||prd|544990UK)
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    Personally I would not like those tyres if riding paths etc, depending a little on puncture risks (farmers cutting Hawthorn hedges, glass on road/paths, sharp flints etc).

    Being pragmatic, I would say go with what you have for a year unless something goes wrong, and then consider options.

    I prefer wider tyres, so if you can do it I would say even going to a 32mm would help the ride comfort, and if it punctures look at something with more protection. I swear by my Marathon Supremes for speed and comfort balanced with protection. But I get farmers trimming hedges and ride some towpaths and limestone dresses trails etc.

    But hopefully it will be fine just as it is for you.

    FErdinand
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