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Title: Biking San Diego to Pheniox Tire Question
Post by: tomhampton6 on January 23, 2010, 07:43:05 am
I have not biked in the south and I am going from San Diego to Pheniox.  Do I need special tires?  Right now I have your basic tire for a touring bike Trek 520.
Title: Re: Biking San Diego to Pheniox Tire Question
Post by: staehpj1 on January 23, 2010, 08:56:48 am
I have not biked in the south and I am going from San Diego to Pheniox.  Do I need special tires?  Right now I have your basic tire for a touring bike Trek 520.
I would suggest that a bit of extra care with where you wheel your bike when off pavement goes a long way toward preventing flats from goat head thorns.  They are likely to be just about anywhere you wheel the bike off of the pavement for a rest or other break.  Try to be careful where you go and check for thorns when starting out again.

For tires I like Continental Ultra Gator Skins and beyond the care mentioned above I make no special allowances for riding in the southwest.

Having grown up and lived my whole life in the east, when I rode out west I got a lot of flats before I figured out what goat head thorns were and where you find them.
Title: Re: Biking San Diego to Pheniox Tire Question
Post by: tonythomson on January 23, 2010, 10:28:36 am
I had no particular problems with flats last year on that section, major cause of flats seems to be those little bits of wire from the shredded vehicle tyres.  Impossible to see or avoid always so I would get top quality kevla lined tyres and you shouldn't have too much trouble.

Great ride by the way.

Tony
Title: Re: Biking San Diego to Pheniox Tire Question
Post by: John Nelson on January 23, 2010, 08:22:50 pm
In my experience, the Bontrager hardcase 700x32 that comes standard in the Trek 520 is a pretty good and tough touring tire already. I haven't gotten any flats in them yet.
Title: Re: Biking San Diego to Phe Tire Question
Post by: Tourista829 on January 23, 2010, 10:22:38 pm
Schwalbe Marathon Plus.
Title: Re: Biking San Diego to Pheniox Tire Question
Post by: Susan on January 24, 2010, 02:33:29 am
Schwalbe Marathon Plus!
Title: Re: Biking San Diego to Pheniox Tire Question
Post by: Galloper on January 24, 2010, 06:52:09 am
I like the Panaracer Tourguard Pasella.   Fast rolling and, I think, lighter than the Schwalbe.
Title: Re: Biking San Diego to Pheniox Tire Question
Post by: DNault on January 24, 2010, 09:21:40 am
+1 for the Marathon Plus
Title: Re: Biking San Diego to Pheniox Tire Question
Post by: JimF on January 24, 2010, 10:44:11 am
Another Schwable Marathon Plus vote. They are on the heavy side, but I TA'd with them and added another 1500 miles with no flat. They're still on my bike.
Title: Re: Biking San Diego to Pheniox Tire Question
Post by: tomhampton6 on January 25, 2010, 07:25:19 pm
Thanks for the ideas on my tires.