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New tire for the Trucker

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

I got a new tire for the Long Haul Trucker, which until now still had the stock tires on it (Continental Contact 700×37). The rear tire was getting worn, and while it still has some life left in it, the tread was mostly worn off, the tire had a few deep cuts, and I was starting to have some traction problems, especially in wet conditions. The tire had over 2900 miles on it, which seems like a reasonably good life, especially for a rear tire. Since the tire is still usable, I’ll save it for an emergency.

The Continental Contact tires have been fantastic. Over the course of those 2900 miles, I’ve only had ONE flat tire in the rear tire, and none in the front. I ride in all conditions, and on surfaces … ranging from smooth pavement to rough, debris-strewn city roads, gravel roads, fire roads, grass roads, rail-trails, and singletrack. The one flat tire happened in Luzerne, Pennsylvania, after I rode through a bunch of broken glass on the road. A large piece of glass punctured the rubber and managed to get through the protective belt.

While I like these tires a lot, I wanted to try something different. Something more supple and perhaps a little lighter. I ordered a Panaracer Pasela TourGuard 700×35. I’ve read mostly good things about the Paselas, so I’ll see how they work for me. They aren’t too expensive, but I think they’ll be a step up from the Contacts. Some people seem to prefer the non-tourguard versions, but I really wanted the puncture protection.

I moved the front Contact tire to the rear, and put the new Pasela on the front. This way I can have the best traction in the front, where it matters most. I’ll post some thoughts on the Pasela once I get to ride it a bit.

One Response to “New tire for the Trucker”

  1. Steve A Says:

    I hope you’ll update us periodically on how the Panaracers are holding up. My Continentals GP4 Season have also been great, with about 3800 miles so far and no flats that related to the tires in any way.

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