Race Bike Tires vs. Commuter Bike Tires

Race Bike Tires vs. Commuter Bike Tires

Tires are the unsung hero of the bike, and often times, it’s the best use of your money per dollar when it comes to upgrading your bike; they influence how fast you can ride, how comfortable you are, how safe you are, and how often you can ride your bike (with how often they get flats). Are lightweight race bike tires or more heavy duty commuter bike tires best for you?

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50 Comments

  1. Rat on August 6, 2022 at 12:54 am

    Not sure if they’re avaliable in the US but my go-to has been Schwalbe Durano Plus tyres for a while now (23c on one bike and 25c on the other). They’re marketed as race tyres but they do have a bit of puncture protection; not as much as Gatorskins but I’ve actually had less punctures with these than when I ran Gatorskins and they feel better/faster.



  2. Mario Medina Jr on August 6, 2022 at 12:55 am

    I’ve been riding Vitoria Randonneur 700×25 for the past 4 years on my track bike. The thread lasts a good amount of time and has a wear indicator when your running out of thread. But even then you still have a good amount of thread when you hit the red wear indicator. Very puncture resistant. And on top of all that you can ride through dirt and rough road. I’ve only had 3-4 flats in 4 years . They are also fairly cheap 25-35 bucks



  3. Jakub Puterka on August 6, 2022 at 12:59 am

    What’s the point of buying a fancy Reynolds 725 steel frame if you’re gonna ride Gatorskins?



  4. Elij G on August 6, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Another big advantage of performance tires is that they have better grip so you’re less likely to slide out



  5. Sweptlettuce on August 6, 2022 at 12:59 am

    My go to tire has always been continental Grand Prix 5000 they have pretty good protection, they are pretty fast, and grippy



  6. S1alker on August 6, 2022 at 1:00 am

    Conti 4 Season are the best compromise between performance and rolling resistance



  7. je d on August 6, 2022 at 1:02 am

    I’ve put thousands of miles (single speed and geared) into Specialized all conditions pro and I think have punctured them only twice.

    I live in Edinburgh where the roads are terrible.



  8. Buddy Guy on August 6, 2022 at 1:03 am

    In Scandinavia, you have to have puncture protection… in other words Flint



  9. Keith Chang on August 6, 2022 at 1:03 am

    I have to recommend the panaracer gravelking 28c slicks too. Perfect U shaped profile, lightweight at 250g-ish and definitely quitee puncture resistant. The type of compound also makes a nice squeak if you skid on them. The supple road feel is quite obvious of you run them on the rear.



  10. Basil Yashchenko on August 6, 2022 at 1:04 am

    I`m riding 32mm lightweight tires tubeless, so I don`t care about punctures on the road… and save even more weight)
    P. S. Yes, tubeless setup on a fixed gear bike.



  11. Bebo on August 6, 2022 at 1:05 am

    Just get a Pirelli Cinturato Velo and then you have both a 15 watt tire that is comfy with more puncture protection than anything else on the market right now. It has a thick 3.6mm of rubber compared to the 3.2 mm Conti uses on the Gatorskin. No sense in flatting once a month on a slower retro tire than the Pirelli. The Armored tires made after 2019 feel like road bikes tires now, easy win win.



  12. TURZLE Gaming on August 6, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Whats the dead cat story



  13. Tommy Vercetti on August 6, 2022 at 1:07 am

    I have been running the panaracer ribmo and I’ve been loving it!



  14. mort low on August 6, 2022 at 1:07 am

    Contis for life… I ride gp 5000 tl in 32 mm. They are supple (no flat at all), fast and very solid- ready for everything. I wanna test the new s tr version but they cost 69-79€ at the moment… 😭



  15. Ond Medai on August 6, 2022 at 1:11 am

    Hey what are These integrated bars and stem called?



  16. RollinRat on August 6, 2022 at 1:12 am

    Donelly ‘cross or gravel tires for dirt. Soma Supple Vittesse 33s for pavement They use tubular cotton casings, also Rene Herse tires!
    For racing, nothing beats pro quality tubs. But they’re outside most sane rider’s budget. You’d have to nuts or wealthy to ride those on a daily basis.



  17. B.T. on August 6, 2022 at 1:12 am

    Is that hoodie for sale? 🔥



  18. Niccs Tuazon on August 6, 2022 at 1:15 am

    Woop woop ride efas ❤️



  19. Dmitry Koupriyanov on August 6, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Accidently bought GP4000’s (they were cheaper than Gatorskins), only punctures were pinch flats. Was told later Gatorskins aren’t great in wet weather and I was using my bike to commute into work riding in all kind of weather.



  20. The Dude Abides on August 6, 2022 at 1:18 am

    Thickslick all day



  21. Steven Grindey on August 6, 2022 at 1:19 am

    Where I live puncture protection is more important, can go fast enough, and make it there faster without having to fix a puncture



  22. Galen Kehler on August 6, 2022 at 1:20 am

    Race tires are free.

    They save so much energy over commuting tires that they pay for themselves and more on your food bill.



  23. Marvin m on August 6, 2022 at 1:23 am

    Hey, what‘s the name of your footstraps?



  24. Stan Eby on August 6, 2022 at 1:24 am

    It’s really great to have tires sung now. Your mellifluous voice delivered a tune like "Love’s Old Sweet Song," or "Purcell’s "Remember Me." Or that 15th C hit "The World Should Be Round, Not Flat."



  25. Jonathan Ho on August 6, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Bike and rider weight is another thing you need to consider. A loaded rear panier rack will make the rear tire very vulnerable to flats. I used to have a set of WTB resolute tires which I think can be considered racing tires. These rarely flatted when I rode my bike without paniers. When I began to use my bike with paniers, the rear tire flatted every 30 miles on average. Eventually I became fed up with this and switched to Schwalbe marathon supreme tires, which have already gone several hundred miles without a flat. In my opinion, if your bike is loaded in any way, you need to have puncture-resistant tires.



  26. TL L on August 6, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Ride both. Overkill having in both frond and rear.



  27. Gnarlez on August 6, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Honestly I kinda stopped caring. I ride some Sim works homages by Panaracer tubeless and some ultrady dynamico jff with a mullet setup with tubes. Two years out I’ve never had a flat riding in SF. My choice inexpensive tire is town and country from Continental.



  28. DRE on August 6, 2022 at 1:29 am

    Gatorskin 🐊 tires might be heavier BUT I never have to worry about a flat.
    I would recommend nothing else



  29. Cosmic Pangolin on August 6, 2022 at 1:29 am

    I really like the fyxation session 700 for skidding.



  30. Suh Dud on August 6, 2022 at 1:31 am

    Been riding on IRC Jetty Plus tan walls for a few months and they’re pretty decent. Upgraded from the bog standard Conti ultrasports. Honestly, I haven’t had any issues with either set regarding punctures but I have bad tube valves fail on me (Kenda). Changed to Conti Race 28 tubes and honestly Im too much of a pleb to truly notice any difference between a $16 pair of tubes and the new $60 pair but I havent built a commuter, I use my weekend warrior race bike daily and have that in mind more than a daily run about.



  31. Event 42 on August 6, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Let’s wrap it up – if you can ride pneumatic tires instead of solid ones like Tannus, you are all set.



  32. COSINUS on August 6, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Gatorskins are horrible, I would prefer to use garden hose for tyres if my only other option is to use Gatorskins.



  33. An D on August 6, 2022 at 1:33 am

    I’ve never gotten the hype with gatorskins. Boat anchors with poor grip unless its clean and dry out. Purely anecdotal here, but I’ve had more flats in fewer miles on em compared to something like Bontrager Hardlite or Conti GP5000s.



  34. Jiglesmackle on August 6, 2022 at 1:35 am

    Continental Gatorskin is a good tire. But not that good for fixed gear. A lot of people reported the rubber peeling of from the tire after a few weeks. And that is without riding agressively. Not a good fixed gear tire. Personally just using Specialized infinity 32c and it feels great



  35. Ulrique on August 6, 2022 at 1:36 am

    dead cats? ur gonan run over them?



  36. BIG YEET on August 6, 2022 at 1:36 am

    1st



  37. WesternUranus on August 6, 2022 at 1:38 am

    You can enjoy both by having two wheelsets, one with race tires fitted when you want to ride fast and another cheaper wheelset with commuter tires on.
    A good compromise is using tire linners with race tires.
    Traction will not be as good but you can run them at lower psi so souple sidewalls will compensate for the added resistance created by the linner



  38. Paul Lacey on August 6, 2022 at 1:38 am

    I have jazzy red Michelins on my bike….



  39. Eporeon on August 6, 2022 at 1:40 am

    i must be doing something wrong because i still get flats fairly regularly with gator skins 🙁



  40. B R. on August 6, 2022 at 1:40 am

    Sadly gatorskins suck with the smallest amount of rain & they don’t come tubeless 🙁
    I have used them for multiple summers on urban roads & can say they are _very_ durable 💪🏼



  41. Ram.3462 on August 6, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Anyone in the chat want to trade a 55cm wabi thunder for a for a 55cm special?



  42. 4specialist on August 6, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Continental GP5000sTR👍👍…Gatorskin only if you’re really into skidding a lot and not as into efficiency, comfort, & speed…



  43. Sabyasachi Das on August 6, 2022 at 1:47 am

    Referring to dead cats as debris wasn’t funny at all man. Being a fan of you and your channel it was quite disappointing to hear this from you.



  44. Geoffrey Escher on August 6, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Rollers for fixed gear…any experience/recommendations?



  45. Rexy on August 6, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Maxxis refuse are a good tyre also



  46. Edward Villesca III on August 6, 2022 at 1:50 am

    GP5000 or GravelKing Slicks are the go to. Gonna try Pirelli P Zeros in 28c next



  47. davetbassbos on August 6, 2022 at 1:50 am

    What about studded winter tires? I used commute on my MTB with them.



  48. James Dick on August 6, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Usually run Gatorskins but got a set of Roubiax Pros and they have been very puncture resistant.



  49. Normal Human on August 6, 2022 at 1:51 am

    Is it good to go tubeless?



  50. Rob on August 6, 2022 at 1:52 am

    Another puncture resistant tyre is the Schwalbe Marathon Plus. I’ve been using these for 20+ years. Toured and commuted all over Japan, Australia, Spain and France with ZERO punctures. Not the lightest, can be hard to put on but I am happy with them.