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28c or 32c Tires for Commuting?

Old 12-09-10, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by spudston View Post
I recently purchased Continental Gatorskin tires in 700 x 28c to replace the Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase tires in 700 x 32c on my Trek hybrid, but I'm wondering if I made a good choice in downsizing. They don't make Gatorskins larger than 28c, so I took what the shop had. After reading many posts here about tire sizes & commuting I'm thinking that returning the unused Contis and getting some Panaracer Pasela Tourguards in 32c might be a better match for my riding conditions. My commute is 7.5 miles round trip in suburban streets and MUPs, usually in dry weather. I also ride about 30 miles most weekends. Any advice would be appreciated.
Like others have stated, its really a toss up. Wider Pasela's will provide a more comfortable ride with better traction, and have pretty good flat protection. The 700 x 28 Gatorskins will ride a little faster, and have ultimate flat protection compared to nearly any other road tire in the under 700 x 35 category. So if you want comfort and traction, go with wider Pasela's. If you want better flat protection overall and a little more speed, I'd suggest the Gatorskins.
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Old 12-09-10, 01:56 PM
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Alan - cool to see someone from Treefort here...you guys are my fav online bike shop.

As far as the tire question, I have the 28 gatorskins on my Tricross after running through some Vittoria Randoneurs really quickly...the VR was soft, and I hardly got any miles out of them. The gatorskin feels way faster to me although I havent' really timed anything to see if they really are. In 2k miles of commuting this year I had one flat with the gatorskins -- a pinch flat from hitting a rock. Besides that they've been great. I do think the VR's in 32 handled a section of rough road better than the 28 GS -- but most of my riding is on decent pavement.
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Old 12-09-10, 02:08 PM
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Look for the Serfas Secas in 28c. They're awesome, and practically slicks which is fantastic and hard to find in that size.
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Old 12-09-10, 03:34 PM
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Originally Posted by wunderkind View Post
I run 28 front 32 rear for my commuter. The fatter rear is great at absorbing road imperfections and the thinner front slices through air nicely.
But most importantly, fatter rear tire allows me to put down my monster torque on the asphalt.
The LOL is because you're talking about half a centimeter, right? ;-) I cannot feel the difference in ride between the two.
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Old 04-14-21, 09:08 AM
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I guess it's moot because you already have the 28c Gatorskins in-hand, but I just bought a bike second-hand with 32c gatorskins on it. I just verified on the Internet that they are available.
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Old 04-23-21, 06:41 PM
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Old 04-28-21, 01:14 PM
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Just use what you have, I commute about 5 miles to work but I usually take a 12 mile detour home, I commute on 25c tires don't think anything of it and I'm older guy. So 28's will be fine for you. Also the Gatorskins will be more puncture resistant then the Panaracers will be, so that's something to consider.
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Old 04-28-21, 10:09 PM
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I feel the same now as I did back in the innocent and carefree days of 2010 -- if you have frame clearance for 32mm tires or bigger, run them!
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Old 05-03-21, 05:12 AM
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ive done some commuting on 28mm and 32mm tires. I have some bikes where 28mm is the widest tire i can fit, so those bikes have 28mm tires.
I have another bike where 32mm fits so i have 32mm. Personally if my bike would fit 32mm, i'd go with that instead of 28mm. But the difference isn't much.

Ive decided i prefer Marathon over Marathon Plus. Also I like Pacela TG so i wouldnt get the non TG. With Gatorskins, I like Gatorskins. I havent tried HardCase Gatorskins but i wont since i am satisfied with the flat protection of the non HC Gatorskins.

My favorite tires right now are Pacela TServe and Schwalbe Marathon. I feel these have the sweet spot of suppleness v. flat resistance, also in terms of price point.

Im on my first pair of Gatorskins. Im surprised i like them because ive grown to dislike Marathon Plus so i figured i would dislike Gatorskins too but I find them much more supple than M Plus.

I still value M Plus because of flat resistance, I just dont like them. But Im not taking them off the bike i have them on.



I found some sidewall wear issues with Pacela TG, i think because of smog in LA from what ive read---- the Tserve seem to hold up better re sidewalls.
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Old 05-04-21, 09:06 AM
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I'd probably have all 32's if they'd fit, but they're all road bikes. 26-28, makes no difference to me, especially when either one might really be 27.

I do believe that I can feel the difference with 32s though.
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Old 05-05-21, 08:42 PM
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If you're habitually late for work, then it's a race so go with the 28s. Otherwise use 32s and enjoy the scenic ride.
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Old 05-05-21, 09:08 PM
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It's only 4 mm.
Tell your Significant Other that.
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Old 05-12-21, 12:58 PM
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28c is great for summer, but bad for potholes in rainy day, it gets even worst at night, 32c is better for that and 35c is much better.
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Old 05-12-21, 06:09 PM
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I used to commute on 28s and loved them. But I've been riding 40c gravel tires for the last couple of years and love them even more! Higher volume, lower pressure, more aggressive tread, and running tubeless now so even the broken glass doesn't get me down.
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Old 05-17-21, 10:22 AM
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I subscribe to the trendy axiom which is to install the widest tires that fit easily.
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Old 05-23-21, 06:59 AM
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Used to have 32 but now 28 , they are faster and I donít notice any discomfort
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Old 06-15-21, 02:36 AM
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Previously had Schwalbe G One Speed 30c on my commuter. The wore very quickly so switched to Pirelli P Zero 28s for some more speed. No flats so far, but that may be because I also switched the butyl tubes for some Schwalbe Aerothan tubes that is supposed to be more resistant to punctures. Enjoy the improved speed and road feel compared to the Schwalbes.
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Old 06-15-21, 06:26 AM
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Previously had Schwalbe G One Speed 30c on my commuter. The wore very quickly so switched to Pirelli P Zero 28s for some more speed. No flats so far, but that may be because I also switched the butyl tubes for some Schwalbe Aerothan tubes that is supposed to be more resistant to punctures. Enjoy the improved speed and road feel compared to the Schwalbes.
I run the Schwalbe G-1 Pro (28s) tubeless on my road wheel set. I love the feel and low rolling resistance, but they do seem relatively pretty soft and Iím on my second set after just a couple thousand miles. Iím on my second set of Kenda Flintridge Pros (40s) tubeless on my commuter/gravel set. Very solid tire for about any condition, and seem to really wear well.

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Old 06-16-21, 04:11 AM
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I run the Schwalbe G-1 Pro (28s) tubeless on my road wheel set. I love the feel and low rolling resistance, but they do seem relatively pretty soft and Iím on my second set after just a couple thousand miles. Iím on my second set of Kenda Flintridge Pros (40s) tubeless on my commuter/gravel set. Very solid tire for about any condition, and seem to really wear well.
The holy grail is finding a tire that is fast, durable, connects you to the road and is puncture resistant. You can't have it all I guess.
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