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I got only 650 miles on my Michelin Pro Race 3 tire and got a blow out today. Looks like something punctured it, but the tires do look more tired (no pun intended) then I feel they should look with only 650 miles on them. I hope I dont have to pay 60 dollars plus a tube and air canister every 650 mi.

I dont race so I guess I don't need a race tire. Anyone have any suggestions for a durable, long lasting road tire?

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Serfas, Seca s surviver series, triple flat protection I think thay were around $45 each
I have picked a lot of glass out of them so far so good.
 

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Thanks neighbor, I'll give them a look. How are things down there in south Jersey? I love the roads in central jersey. I live in East Windsor but I usually ride down by Jackson. The farthest south I've been is Rt. 537 & 539 toward New Egypt. About 42 mile trip for me. A lot of farm land and horses. I'm still working on a half century ride. I would love to just keep peddling but the clock and the body limit me. I don't care what anyone says about Jersey, it's a beautiful state.

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Check out the Michelin Lithions. The roads here in Jersey are brutal on tires. Been holding up good for me even out on all the debris on rt 70.
 

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Serfas, Seca s surviver series, triple flat protection I think thay were around $45 each
I have picked a lot of glass out of them so far so good.
I use the Sefas Seca from REI, $24 for the wire bead model. About $30 at the LBS for folding. Wife uses GP4000's weighs much less than I do and they are not nearly as cut resistant as the Seras tires.

I just can't see spending $60 on tires that wear and tear so fast.:hate:


The Serfas Seca run a bit narrow. IF you use a 700X25, it will be about the same width as the GP4000 700X23.
The Serfas 700X23 is narrow compared to the GP4000 as is the 700X23 Conti Ultra Race ( I also use the 25 in the Ultra Race model).:cool:
 

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Mike I have said the same thing, I have bin all over the USA by car and motorcycle and I still like Jersey .:thumbsup: I have bin doing 20 25 miles a day today 35 I have a nice shadey ride bouth ways if I get out early ;).
Like was posted REI has bouth the seca and the seca S surviver I said 3 layer but after reading it might be 4 layers of flat protetcion.
At 65 I don't like fixing flats and I realy don't like fixing them after I ride 30 miles on a 40 mile ride.:eek:
 

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Another vote for Serfas Seca

I recently picked up a couple of these in 700 x 28, also from REI. They weigh 11.5 ozs and roll very well. Happy with the purchase.

Also agree that New Jersey is a very pretty state. Most people only know the narrow strip along the turnpike.
 

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Bern I have not bin to the fine state of Rhode Island, I will try to make it there befor the end. One state I realy liked on my travles was Wisconsin , It is not all Green Bay in the winter. I guess I could name a lot of states I liked in my travles. Thanks for the headsup on the tires
 

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gp4000 are great, i've recently switched to continental force/attack. similarly excellent, and looking pretty fresh after 500 miles.
got hutchinson top speed on my commuter- they look practically new after around 1000 miles, but the are heavy, slow and scary in the damp.
 

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Well I was going to get the 4000s but when I went to the LBS they said they only had 23mm. I had 25's on the bike before and I just didn't feel good about getting less (what do I know) The shop recommended the new Conti Gator Hardshell. I didn't want to wait for the 4000s 25's so I settled for the Hardshells. I put them on today, and road for about 30 mi. and they felt great. I couldn't tell the difference between them and the Mich Pro 3 ( but again, what do I know ) Since it was my main concern to get a durable tire, I'm satisfied with the purchase, especially since they were 5.00 less then the 4000s (I could use ten bucks :cool:) Time will tell.

Thanks for all the input. I'll be watching for the sales on the tires suggested here.
 

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Spin skins

One solution to the issue of quick tires with good durability and or flat protection may be Spin Skins, Race Bike Tires :: SpinSkins. I have not yet tried this but one answer may be to use a fairly racy, light weight tire with Spin Skin protection for about 1 oz. per tire.
 

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I can't really say what's best because I have not tried them all. Due to frequent flats on my hybrid, which I'm a little rougher with than my road bikes, I replaced the tires with Schwalbe Marathon plus and have not flatted all season on that bike.
 

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The Conti Gator Hardshell's should prove to be pretty durable. I find it hard to believe that you couldn't tell the difference between a durable training tire and a race tire, which is what the Pro Race3 is. Maybe Continental has a real winner here.
 
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