What Kind Of Bicycle Tires Do You Use?

What Kind Of Bicycle Tires Do You Use?

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People always ask me, “What kind of bicycle tires do you use on your travels all around the world?”

They usually go on to tell me that their friend… or the guy at their local bike shop… or some random stranger on the Internet recommended a particular type of tire (usually the Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires), but they want my opinion on the matter.

My response is usually a something like this: “Those tires that you were told about are a good tire to start out with. But if you’re planning to spend several months on your bicycle (like you would during a bike tour across an entire continent… or around the world) then those are simply the tires you are going to start out with. At some point during your bike tour, those tires will need to be replaced. It doesn’t matter how good your tires are – at some point, they will need to be replaced with new ones! And when that time comes, you will have to use whatever types of tires you can find in the part of the world that you are currently in. And you probably won’t be able to find that particular brand/type of tire once you’re away from home. Instead, you’re going to have to use the best tire you can find in the area you happen to be.”

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33 Comments

  1. Wallace Pelletier on August 3, 2019 at 1:58 am

    that new set is a nice looking pair of tires.



  2. Matthew Perry on August 3, 2019 at 1:59 am

    So how did the Rubena tires hold up?



  3. TheNoratek on August 3, 2019 at 1:59 am

    How often did you have to change your tires on your tour through Sweden?



  4. allgoo19 on August 3, 2019 at 2:01 am

    "The best tires are the ones you can find."

    I found it extremely practical.



  5. HUGE PURVIEW on August 3, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Those Rubena’s looked good. Happy trails!



  6. Tytus El on August 3, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Rubena is much better than cheap chinese rubbers



  7. David Parker on August 3, 2019 at 2:07 am

    Makes sense to me. Though it is still hard to beat the level six puncture resistance of a Schwalbe Marathon Plus, or the universality, and level 6 longevity of their Marathon Mondial. I was lucky enough to get a set of Schwalbe’s Dureme tandem tires at sell out, which have a super wall, rain grip, and low rolling resistance, and although they only have level 5 puncture protection, I just run Tuffy Liners, like I would if I were running any tire, including their Marathon Plus with level 6 flat protection. { I do not like flats. }Β  Even though you have to deal with limited selections at times, you still know how to buy to best kind of tire. I can see that. You learn that after riding a lot. I have an advantage though of just being a dedicated commuter, who can only dream of touring. Local bike shops near me only go as high as Specialized tires, which you can hardly wear out. I had to get my Schwalbes on line. You just have to make sure to always get the very best walls, and rubber quality as you can possibly can, not to mention superior weaves, and material such as kevlar, for stability, and puncture protection.



  8. Corey Howard on August 3, 2019 at 2:07 am

    what size tho



  9. Senapspiser on August 3, 2019 at 2:07 am

    If I’m not completely wrong your new tires are typical city tires. Will probably serve you well and if they actually are made in CZ, i’ll guess the quality is good too.



  10. Joseph Quam on August 3, 2019 at 2:09 am

    Informative video. Do the best you can with what you have available. Question. Why don’t you ride tubeless tires?



  11. Diluted Mind on August 3, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Idiot, has internet… doesnt order tires online.



  12. benson420710 on August 3, 2019 at 2:19 am

    I paid almost 30$ a tire for my cult deharts 2.42 (I ride bmx) and ive rode them for almost 4 years straight now and I do alot of long rides with a 170mm crank arm with 25/9 teeth ratio although I do alot of street riding it also contains alot of tricks so its harder on tires and im just now loosing the kenda squeak that most kenda rubber brings, dont cheap out on tires that last 10k miles compared to 40k+ mile tires that they just label as "premium" I used to buy the regular 15$ tires from specialized shops and they lost the tread in a week if that compared to cult or even odyssey tires. the thicker the tire the better for durability:)



  13. Bicycle Touring Explorer on August 3, 2019 at 2:22 am

    I am using the Continental Touring Plus 26X1.75 Tires since 2015 in Southern California in the USA on my Surly LHT 26in and no flats yet
    and I am getting ready to use Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 26×2.0



  14. Uros Kostic on August 3, 2019 at 2:22 am

    im using Chinese Traveller tires, for my MTB, slick, for 7$ each, and they last me for 2 and half years so far, riding on normal city streets and normal asphalt roads, and not a single flat tire so far. I predict another year on them, then buying new ones keeping them on 4 bars. For the price of 14$ two tires, with chinese no name 2$ tubes each, they showed themselves as extremly durable, and good.



  15. Skye Izumi on August 3, 2019 at 2:27 am

    I use tires that allow me to ride my bike in the the dry and wet, so I always buy tries with tread block, watched enough motorsport for me to take picking what tires I use seriously.



  16. umweltingenieur on August 3, 2019 at 2:28 am

    Schwalbe Marathon Mondial: 25’000km πŸ™‚ – Not so good in Snow/Mud, otherwis blablabla good πŸ˜‰



  17. airgrphxable on August 3, 2019 at 2:31 am

    good tires, but test them in the wet. I’ve got the zirra and sometimes, under heavy breaking, in the wet, my front tire locks before the rear one lifts off the ground



  18. Lex Jenkins on August 3, 2019 at 2:33 am

    Those Innovas look like the set that came with my new-to-me Univega, a new set of Innova IA-2068. Good tires. The tread pattern is nearly identical to my favorites, the Michelin Protek Cross Max, although not as thick (the Michelins are heavy due to the 5mm puncture shield). Chevron center tread for pavement with sharp shoulders to grab turf in loose stuff like gravel. Good to know yours lasted quite a few miles.



  19. Bruin on August 3, 2019 at 2:34 am

    Darren, do you carry extra tires with you for tire emergencies? If so, how many? How about spare inner tubes?



  20. SLENDERMAN on August 3, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Bontrager for outside and GLR for hometraining / spinning



  21. Popa Daniel on August 3, 2019 at 2:38 am

    then what bike tires do you like (or , being that you have a great biking experience , which tires did you notice that have a good performance and durability – if any)?



  22. kuladeeluxe on August 3, 2019 at 2:39 am

    I sure like my Marathon Supreme tires. Transformed the bike. I certainly don’t get as far away from home as you. Keep at er.



  23. Rh Last Nae on August 3, 2019 at 2:39 am

    I googled them, on Ebay the price is 18 to 25 for one tire.
    The tires seem of too hard of a compound, plastic. Does not have that typical fresh porous look of rubber tires.
    Thanks for the video



  24. Real Space Hobo on August 3, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Though I agree with you – that’s not a complete answer – cause you could buy any tire you want online and have them shipped to you within a week, but that would be added cost of course..:-)



  25. VANOMALI on August 3, 2019 at 2:45 am

    Continental Mountain King



  26. Dod Rc on August 3, 2019 at 2:45 am

    Schwalbe city jet 26 x1.5 ☺



  27. henry krohn on August 3, 2019 at 2:46 am

    64-305 (16 X2.4)



  28. aaron fuksa on August 3, 2019 at 2:47 am

    convenience is key. but im switching to narrow 21 inch x 1.6 inch rim with 2.75 inch wide motorcross tires laced with bike hub. im just going to keep on rolling while you change out your little bike tires. 200 miles electric assist.



  29. Mark Clouse on August 3, 2019 at 2:49 am

    I Think you have to do your best with the situation you are in, but I think I would reduce the possibility of problems in crummy places by putting the best tires you can get when you are home or in urban places and supply isn’t an issue. Problems aren’t always just wearing out. I think there is a Murphy’s Law on this.



  30. Henrich Hostak on August 3, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Rubena is actually not a bad choice super cheap and very good quality. You won’t be disappointed. πŸ˜‰



  31. Luca Librizzi on August 3, 2019 at 2:51 am

    You might not puncture so often since you don’t care much about the tires you put on your bike πŸ˜‰ For me a good quality tire (not necessarily expensive) with a kind of puncture protection is the way to go



  32. Mr.Donkov on August 3, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Rubena is a good tire, should serve you well.



  33. ratoneJR on August 3, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Kenda 838’s 26×1.95 on my MTB. 2 years and still going well. No flats and fast-ish on the street. $13.50 + FS … Ebay.
    I will be buying more.