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crewealex

Continental Gatorskins

Looking at buying the first new tyres for my bike since I bought it. A friend of mine has recommended Continental Gatorskins. Went looking for them in a local bike shop the other day, and the impression I was given there was that they were just a skin to go under another tyre - which isn't what my mate had told me. Can anybody set me right here? Not really wanting to buy them and turn up to me next club run to have somebody say 'you not bothering with any tyres today then?!' Thanks in advance.
Bartali

Welcome!

Don't worry it is a real tyre.  The 'skin' is builtinto the sidewall to protect against punctures.

http://www.conti-tyres.co.uk/conticycle/ti%20ultra%20gatorskin.shtml
redster73

Howdy crewealex

The gatorskins have a built in layer of kevlar which is used in bullet proof vests...of course didn't stop me getting a puncture the other night in a tyre I'd bought the day before!
paperman

Well I have a set of specialized armadillos on my fixie for the commute, I've found they are fine and I ride on some fairly bad roads.

Today the weather was bad and I really needed new tyres for my winter hack bike. Instead of walkin to other side of town, for armadillos, I just bought a set of Gator skins.....just hours ago...they came highly recommended. They look good anyway.
crewealex

Excellent, thanks for the advice.
thunderthighs

do not over buy.. anything descent works..i use tubular tires..hate clincher..

clincher i found is hard on the back. and wear rate is high..

ciao
phil s

I use Michelin Pro Race or Pro2Race year round and keep them at a reasonably high PSI and check regularly for glass and flints. One year I did try Gators and hated the handling in the wet.
Slapshot

phil s wrote:
I use Michelin Pro Race or Pro2Race year round and keep them at a reasonably high PSI and check regularly for glass and flints. One year I did try Gators and hated the handling in the wet.


I do also use Michelin Pro Race, best tyres I had in years!
thunderthighs

keep tires infalted to max.. read side at pump it up... ciao
headwind

interesting berg.  i loved the michelin axial pro tires, and naturally went to Pro Race tires, but I find I dont like them at all.  at the same time, i was riding conti 4 seasons (virtually indestructable) in the winter, and then moved to gp3000, and now to gp4000 tires, which ride amazing to me.  i find them a tad hard to mount, but they sure roll and corner nice.

hw
berck

I'm not a big fan of the Michelin Pro Race and Race2 tires. They grip great, but they are very susceptible to tearing from road debree. I moved to Hutchison Fusion Comp and loved them, but they don't make those anymore. I'm trying out the Fusion 2, and its going OK so far. I've had a rear tire tear out the side wall on a small rock.
headwind

try the GP4000's from Conti Berk.  I brutalized mine in Basque country with endless wet gravel and hardly a cut or nick...and no flats in about 300 miles of that.  about 1000 total and they look and feel great still.

by the way, i fully agree with you on the michelins...exactly how i feel them too. 

hw
redster73

Those GP4000 look very nice. Might sneak a set for the spring/summer (set of Gators for the commute were noticed by missus who thinks all I ever buy is 'bloody cycling crap'!) Mind you it'll be my luck that I put them on and 30 miles down the road....
chasm

Personally I don't think you can beat Schwalbe. They aren't the lightest, but they handle well and they're as tough as old boots.

http://www.schwalbe.co.uk/c2-1023-schwalbe-tires-stelvio-plus.html
thunderthighs

a quick question, all you people spending money on these slick tires, are you guys lean and race ready and do you race alot, if you answer yes to all three, then buy ..if no.. but cheap tires, i do and still kick there ass..

ciao
chasm

TT, I'm anything but race ready. But spending a few bob on Schwalbes results in a virtually puncture-free life, which I've never got from cheaper tyres - or from more expensive lighter ones, for that matter.
berck

Actually, if you look around, you can find all these 'expensive' tires for half the price. I've rarely paid more than $30 for a tire. I could be a Cat 4 racer, but I don't race. I've ridden with many of them. I'm about middle of the pack.

BTW: I had a front flat one day, and I tried to make a fast right hand turn. I didn't realized that my tire was really low on air. I went down. As I looked at the tire, I realized that the tire still gripped the road the whole time. The problem was that it didn't have enough air to keep its structure intact. The tire started folding out and that's what caused the skipping. My main tread was no longer touching the road much.
berck

headwind wrote:
try the GP4000's from Conti Berk.  I brutalized mine in Basque country with endless wet gravel and hardly a cut or nick...and no flats in about 300 miles of that.  about 1000 total and they look and feel great still.

by the way, i fully agree with you on the michelins...exactly how i feel them too.

hw


I use to use the GP3000 series a few years back. When I was looking for new tires, my bike shop friend didn't think much of the conti's. That's the only reason I haven't used them in a while. Besides, I'm into colored tires now Smile
CapeRoadie

chasm wrote:
Personally I don't think you can beat Schwalbe. They aren't the lightest, but they handle well and they're as tough as old boots.

http://www.schwalbe.co.uk/c2-1023-schwalbe-tires-stelvio-plus.html


I totally agree with you chasm!  I hated my Michelin ProRace 2's--they flatted all the time.  I tried Vredestein and they were good, but SCHWALBE Ultremo race tires are the best I've ever had.  They last a long time and grip the road really well.  

SCHWALBE.  ULTREMO.  Highly recommended.
CapeRoadie

thunderthighs wrote:
a quick question, all you people spending money on these slick tires, are you guys lean and race ready and do you race alot, if you answer yes to all three, then buy ..if no.. but cheap tires, i do and still kick there ass..

ciao


I race a lot, I'm race ready, but I am fat ass at 205 lbs.,  6' 1".  My body fat comp is 22% and dropping.  I should be down to 185 by next May.  Then I'm going to kick some Cat 5 ass.  The I'll move to Cat 4.  I like my cheap tires for winter riding, too.
thunderthighs

rodie.. thats big..but stick to crits, you shud flyt..keep you rtraining short and fast.. fu.cvk the long stuff..your body hates it.. motore pace alot, get he leg speed up.. tehn keep pace at 50km/h adn see ho wlong youi can stay ahead..i di dthat alot b4 i rode quenns park in canada.. havery lenard nitz won that year.. ciao

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