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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)
    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.

    Can anyone recommend a decent second hand bike for my missus? Medium frame
    Any recommendations on a bike lock?


    i use
    - a Knog Milkman when my bike is in sight (https://www.leisurelakesbikes.com/138862/products/knog-milkman-combo-cable-lock-white.aspx)
    - an Abus Bordo on my city bikes because it's easily carried on the bike (https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Abus-Bordo-6000-Folding-Lock-Sold-Secure-Silver_43672.htm?)
    - we've got some Abus D locks as well and some kryptonite cables that can be looped through wheels (https://www.decathlon.co.uk/granit-plus-51-bike-d-lock-id_8316303.html?)

    What you use will depend on the value of the bike you're locking and where you're locking it. The reality is that any of these locks can be defeated pretty quickly with either a super size set of bolt croppers or a cordless angle grinder. If a determined thief wants your bike they'll take it, even in a crowded area in daylight. If it's got valuable parts on it they can strip those off even if they frame and wheels are secure.

    In the city I normally use my folding bike and take it inside with me.
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