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Gummee! 08-18-2010 08:12 AM

IIRC the highest TPI out there right now is the Vittoria Open Corsa at 320tpi. For a lot less $$ the Vredstein Fortezza rides almost as nice, and is a lot more puncture resistant.

I'm riding some Conti GP4000s on the Fetish. Ride OK. Nothing to write about either bad OR great. I liked the old brown sidewall Grand Prix tires better. :nod Natural rubber. Stuck better in the rain.

The other wheelset has a mix of an Axial Pro on the front and the Vredstein on the back. Haven't actually ridden that wheelset cause its for the Crosshairs and I've got the knobbies on it.

M

jocflier 08-18-2010 08:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Mercury264
MAMIL

:lol3


Me too.. But around here, riding has become the new golf. A lot of business deals are being made on bikes. It is the whole silicon valley thing. Also, with the job maket the way it is, us old guys are competing with you young whipper snappers and it wouldn't hurt to lose a few pounds along the way.:D

pierce 08-18-2010 09:16 AM

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Originally Posted by Mercury264
Bike pump....years ago, bike pumps used to have a flexible adapter that you screwed into the valve on the tube and into the pump itself - remember them ? Does anybody make them still for Presta ? I dislike the 'new' pumps that attach directly to the valve itself - I just can't get the hang of them.

Anybody make the old type ? I need a new, bigger, frame pump and before I buy the type I dislike, just wanted to run this by the collective.

Cheers
:freaky

my early 1970s Silca frame pump w/ the Campy tip is of the direct attach kind. you put it on the stem at 12-oclock and hook your thumb around the top of the tire while holding the pump with all 4 fingers. works great.


re: don't bend the frame. its STEEL, silly. http://www.sheldonbrown.com/frame-spacing.html (scroll down)

PaleRider 08-18-2010 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Mercury264
MAMIL

:lol3

if the shoe fits :lol3 :shog :(:




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ducnut 08-18-2010 11:58 AM

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Originally Posted by jocflier
Lezyne make them. I carry a Lezyne Alloy mini pump on the bike. The hose in pulls out from the inside of the unit. Will work with types of valves.

^^^ +1

It's a nice piece.

YakSpout 08-18-2010 12:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gummee!
IIRC the highest TPI out there right now is the Vittoria Open Corsa at 320tpi. For a lot less $$ the Vredstein Fortezza rides almost as nice, and is a lot more puncture resistant.

I'm riding some Conti GP4000s on the Fetish. Ride OK. Nothing to write about either bad OR great. I liked the old brown sidewall Grand Prix tires better. :nod Natural rubber. Stuck better in the rain.

The other wheelset has a mix of an Axial Pro on the front and the Vredstein on the back. Haven't actually ridden that wheelset cause its for the Crosshairs and I've got the knobbies on it.

M

I just changed over from the Fortezzas (700x23) back to the Hutchinson Fusion 3s on my bike. I liked the Fortezzas. I did have one flat over the course of about 1000 miles on them, but that was after I swapped front to back at about 700 to squeeze a few more miles out of the flattened-profile rear. I noticed quite a few deep slices on the shoulders that looked like they were from rocks or glass, but they never seemed to make it to the tube. All-in-all, I was pretty happy with them. Went back to the Fusions as that's what was on sale when I needed replacements.

My wife has been running on the Conti GatorSkins (700x28) for a few months, but I'm changing them to a new set of Fusion 3s before this weekend's century. She was REALLY unhappy with the extra mass of the tires. She was also on a set of Fortezzas (700x23) before I threw the GatorSkins on when she said she wanted to start commuting during the week.

Mercury264 08-18-2010 12:28 PM

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Originally Posted by ducnut
^^^ +1

It's a nice piece.

I edited my response to joc - is that the same pump you have perhaps ?

pierce 08-18-2010 12:33 PM

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Originally Posted by ducnut
I've only seen a few tires in the near-200 range. I was surprised to see 180tpi on the Continentals, at that price. Most tires in that price range are sub-100tpi; like 70tpi and less. So, 180tpi is really good.


Hmm, Conti may be fudging a little. was poking around their site, and on their "Contact" touring tire, they say "3 plys, 180 tpi total".

thats from here, http://www.conti-online.com/generato...reflex_en.html


so... 3 x 60 is NOT the same as a single ply of 180, eh?

jocflier 08-18-2010 12:35 PM

That be it...


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Originally Posted by Mercury264
It does, thanks :thumb

Edit: Is this the one

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...hL._SS500_.jpg


Mercury264 08-18-2010 12:42 PM

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Originally Posted by jocflier
That be it...

:thumb

Ordered one.

I really (really) hate the pumps that attach directly to the valve so I think this will work much better for me.

jocflier 08-18-2010 12:49 PM

I just know if I say "I have not had to use it yet", my ass will go out and get a flat tomorrow.:lol3 Happens everytime...



Quote:

Originally Posted by Mercury264
:thumb

Ordered one.

I really (really) hate the pumps that attach directly to the valve so I think this will work much better for me.


Mercury264 08-18-2010 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by jocflier
I just know if I say "I have not had to use it yet", my ass will go out and get a flat tomorrow.:lol3 Happens everytime...

:lol3

Bimble 08-18-2010 01:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Mercury264

I really (really) hate the pumps that attach directly to the valve ...

Yup. Used my mini-jammer-whatzit once and binned it. Miserable little POS. If got a Topeak road morph that works great.

Rad 08-18-2010 01:30 PM

Flats? The best solution, CO2! Flatted on my way up the mountain to work today. In less than 5 minutes I had another tube installed and filled to 115+ lbs, and I was on my way again. BTW, 'twas my second flat in less than a week!
http://rad.smugmug.com/photos/974439597_ueJrc-S.jpg

jocflier 08-18-2010 01:33 PM

Have a few of them also..

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rad
Flats? The best solution, CO2! Flatted on my way up the mountain to work today. In less than 5 minutes I had another tube installed and filled to 115+ lbs, and I was on my way again. BTW, 'twas my second flat in less than a week!
http://rad.smugmug.com/photos/974439597_ueJrc-S.jpg



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