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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:54 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Cologne, Germany
I am building a light touring bike with one of my retro frames, but as I have never ridden a touring bike, I am unsure about the tire choice.
It will be mostly used for light touring (80-100km) without much baggage but I want to use it for a longer tour next summer as well. Mostly paved roads but some unpaved as well.
I thought about tires with a 28 mm width, but wanted some opinions first. I have 16c pseudo road rims which would fit up to 44 but I don't want to go too big.

Any suggestions?


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:26 pm 
Old School Grand Master

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Location: New Forest, UK
Michelin Pro4 Endurance worked well for us last year along the Rhine, including some gravel and rough track sections. A surprisingly tough tyre, fast too, no cuts or anything in 2000 winter miles. Next step up in toughness would be a Schwalbe Marathon Greenguard, or Marathon Premium. Panaracer Pasela is similar.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:43 pm 
Retro Guru

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Location: Sheffield, top city
i would say Conti Gatorskins - either in 28 or 32mm. Both feel moderately fast and I have used them on both race and touring wheels with no problems


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:42 am 
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:22 am 
Dirt Disciple

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First of all, thanks to everyone!

I think I will use the Paselas, in the middle of the price range and the tan wall design will fit my bike really well! Build-thread is coming :)


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:52 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Cologne, Germany
Just a quick question:
What size would you recommend? 32 or 28?

Hamster, especially your recommendation would be interesting as I am planning to travel along the rhine as well :)


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:23 pm 
Old School Grand Master

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If it's loaded touring I would go for the 32, provided I could get mudguards to fit. If it was a choice between 28 with guards and 32 with no guards I would go with the 28!
Mudguards make the difference between riding all day with cold wet feet and staying dry.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:08 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Cologne, Germany
Sometimes it will be loaded touring.
I can definitly fit in some mudguards, the frame is made for 27" wheels and I will fit 700c in, so Image :D


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:23 am 
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These look good value - 27mm. I may try a pair

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/vittoria-pave-c ... 1254200462


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:36 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Seems to be a bit too thin for touring, especially along gravel/dirt routes?


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