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Postby Excellentadventures » Wed Jul 23, 2014 8:54 am

Question for anyone who lives on or close to this years route or who may have ridden this area before. I know some of it may be fairly dry country, any problems with thorns, or rough roads? I have heavy duty touring tires on my bike now, but am wondering if that is overkill. I would rather ride a lighter tire if I could get away with it. What say you?
P.S. any hills this year? I guess I should start training.
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Re: Tires?

Postby rambobikeman » Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:19 am

Since we'll largely be travelling on rural roads, you can expect a full spectrum of pavement quality. From glassy-smooth pavement, to chip-seal that can loosen your fillings. That said, a little extra width is never a bad thing. There will certainly be plenty of rough pavement, as well as a multitude of cattle-guards to cross this year. This is why Cycle-O is recommending tires at least 25mm wide.

We will be travelling in arid/desert conditions, so "goat-heads" are always a concern, but if you're careful, a good quality puncture-resistant performance tire should be fine. I've ridden the last four CO's on Bontrager R3 tires (which have a Kevlar belt under the tread) without a single puncture. I know a lot of folks also like the Continental Ultra Gatorskin tires.
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Re: Tires?

Postby mytrot » Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:08 pm

I have had good luck with the Gatorskin. I usually put on a new set for CO and then swap back after. Has worked well for me.

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Re: Tires?

Postby Jackson » Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:41 pm

Highly recommend using tires. The road will be too bumpy without.
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Re: Tires?

Postby David R » Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:02 pm

The roads for this years CO are in pretty good condition. I ride them with Continental 4000GP tires. I have never seen goat heads on this route but I am not willing to say there are no goat heads in this area but it wont be much of an issue.
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Re: Tires?

Postby Entiat » Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:09 am

P.S. any hills this year? I guess I should start training.

Lol. I'm in the same boat. Work has been super busy this year and I plan to do my my first real training today. Oops.

(plus I'm on my backup, too-small, old, aluminum, teeth rattler bike because my touring bike was stolen earlier this spring...arg...wonder how many times I can convince Trek to loan me a bike this year :-)

We do the Klickitat endurance horse ride out in Glenwood each year so I know the area - that first day is going to be a bit of a challenge for those of us who put training (much less hill training) off until now...oh well. Take it slowly. Stop as you need to.

Plenty of chip-seal in the area - I definitely wouldn't bring ultralight race tires unless you bring 2 or 3 backups...
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