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Tires for gravel on road bike?

March 24, 2012, 9:52 p.m.
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So lately I've been eager to take my giant defy out onto gravel paths like the trans canada trail on burnaby mountain. I'm wondering if it's possible to buy a thicker tire that will fit on the road bike.

Possible? bad for bike?

Thanks

March 24, 2012, 9:58 p.m.
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depends on clearance. if it's a "racy" road bike, you probably can't fit anything knobby. if you can fit fenders easily, I'm sure you could fit something in there.

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March 24, 2012, 9:58 p.m.
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Cyclocross tires?

March 24, 2012, 10:05 p.m.
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Not a chance a nobbie tire will fit.. The best tire for that is a hard case tire like a gatorskin.

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March 24, 2012, 10:38 p.m.
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stock tire is 700x25c, i'm measuring about a half centimeter clearance on the fork

March 24, 2012, 11:08 p.m.
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I have been running 28c Conti Grand Prix's for an all around training tire and it handles Richmond dykes and UBC Endowment Lands gravel just fine. Gatorskin are good too.

March 24, 2012, 11:30 p.m.
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get a mountain bike

March 24, 2012, 11:33 p.m.
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get a mountain bike

Got two ;)

Those continentals seem like good choices, though a little pricy.

March 24, 2012, 11:39 p.m.
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Got two ;)

Sell one and buy Cross bike. Problem solved.

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March 24, 2012, 11:46 p.m.
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Sell one and buy Cross bike. Problem solved.

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March 25, 2012, 3:13 a.m.
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Aha advice taken.
http://bb.nsmb.com/showthread.php?t=147176

March 25, 2012, 1:02 p.m.
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For a cheaper (than a Gatorskin) durable tire the Schwalbe Marathon is a good thick sidewall touring tire available in smaller sizes – but you'll pay a weight penalty for it.

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March 25, 2012, 3:26 p.m.
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If clearance is an issue, Kenda Karves go down all the way to a 23c, same with the Halo Twin Rail Courier, I believe. That said, you can pry my Gatorskins from my cold, dead hands.

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March 25, 2012, 4:41 p.m.
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hard to go wrong with the gators. I'm not a prolific road rider, but I run 'em and don't hesitate to recommend them.

had a less mechanically inclined customer buy a pair and come back 2 months later with a rear flat. turned out he didn't check his air pressure and pinch flatted on a pot hole. he just got flats so often previously that the pressure never dropped enough to be an issue.

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March 30, 2020, 10:34 p.m.
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Thread resurrection... What size tires are you using on road/CX/gravel bikes on trails like Fisherman's, Spur 4, or grinding up Mtn. Highway?   

I'm thinking about a new bike for mostly road rides, but the occasional non-paved excursion as well, and wondering what upper tire size the frame should accommodate.  30, 32, 36?

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