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With CS offering to get tires, it brings me to the question of what is the difference?<br><br>
What makes one tire better than another?<br><br>
What are the advantages of "good" tires over "cheap" tires?<br><br>
Is there a noticable difference when riding? such as speed and comfort<br><br>
I am new to riding and I am still riding on the stock tires on my bike. As I was unloading my bike today I notice I have something stuck in the rear tire. I didn't want to pick it out quite yet and not even sure if I should. Your thought on that, should I pick it out or leave it only?<br><br>
I have put almost 1200 miles on the bike since October including mile on the trainer?
 

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Why rewrite when you can link. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><a href="http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tires.html" target="_blank">http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tires.html</a>
 

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weight, threads per inch and folding vs non folding are the main variables, the other one is the hardness or "durometer" of the rubber compound, but they don't tell you this. Softer tires tend to grip nicer but wear real fast and will cut easy. I have had good luck with the Specialized tires lately. Careful of the closeouts, sometimes they are there for a reason.
 

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Ok, that tells me a lot about the tires and their construction. But which tires are better and why?<br><br>
What should I be looking for in a tire?<br><br>
I am working with a budget. I don't mind spending more for a tire, if it is going to last longer than the cheaper tire. But I don't want to spend a lot on a tire if it won't last as long as the cheaper tire. At this point, I am not as concerned about weight.
 

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There are hundreds of tires out there, what exactly are you looking to do with it and what do you wish to spend? It's sort of like asking for a good brand of running shoe or automobile, more data would be helpful.
 

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Basically I use more durable 'heavier' tires like the Continental Gator Skin to train and put the miles on, then race in a lighter tire. This works out pretty good because by only racing in the lighter tire they last longer. But jroden is right, there are many choices and many opinions. If you are on a budget and not worried about weight, I would recommend getting a durable tire like the Gator Skin (I believe specialized sells the 'armadillo'??). They will last a long time, wont flat as often, etc.<br><br>
Also, I would suggest getting a cheap rim and old tire for the trainer, that way if you invest in new tires, the rear tire wont wear out way before the front.
 

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I am using the Bontrager Hard Case this winter for a training tire, it's doing pretty well, we have a lot of junk on the road. I have used the gator skins in the past, they ride pretty well for a heavy weight tire, much nicer than the armadillos. for racing clinchers, I have been using the Specialized Mondo pro, sometimes I train on them during the summer. Buying cheap tires isn't always a savings as they tend to cut easy and wear quickly. I have tried using really cheap Chen Sun tires as an experiment, but they don't last very long and flat a lot.
 

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I guess I am looking for a tire that is going to last me a long time. I don't want to tire that is thin and subject to hazards. I only have one set of wheels so I don't want to be trading tires out for races vs training. So with that said, I would like an around good tire that will last for say 2 - 3000 miles or more.<br><br>
Edited to add: I don't mind spending the money but i would say i would cut it off around $40 per tire.
 

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<i><b>Tithers</b>, do I need new tires? <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif"><br>
My bike goes! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> (Okay, so yeah, I don't know much about bikes. What I do know is due entirely to the maintenance book <b>PurpleHayes</b> sent me.)</i>
 

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As an engineer good production techniques and quality control makes the difference. Most makers have shipped their production to China. I stick to the tire company that still makes the tires in Germany (Conti) where the people are extremely "uptight" about quality and doing things right. Maybe there is better out there, but that's what I go with. Being someone with no experience, that's all I got.
 

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Continental gatorskin, gran prix 4 season or sport contact would be fine, specialized Mondo Pro is also a nice tire at the 40 dollar price. I have no clue how many miles tires last, the ones I mentioned will give you good service.
 

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I agree with Kybear Continental Makes some fabulous rubber. I switched over from my specialized pro tires which lasted along time but wore into a trapazoid.<br><br>
I noticed immediately how much easier the wheels rolled with the continentals. I've got two sets, one is conti Grand Prix's for training and Conti GP 4000s for racing. The regular GPs are a little under $40 by me and they are almost as good as the 4000s just a slightly different compound.
 

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Yes pick the object out of your tire. If it is glass or metal, it will work it's way through your tire and give you a flat. Be careful, you dont want to cut your fingers.<br><br>
If the object leaves a gash in your tire replace it.<br><br>
The Michelin's CS are getting are 50 dollar tires and should last a fair bit of time. That being said, any stuff in the road like glass or pieces of car on the road can ruin even a brand new high end tire.
 
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