Warm weather has finally arrived, and when you start riding more, it's time to take a look at your tires and decide when to replace or upgrade. While it may be obvious that a tire is "toast", there are other things to consider. A tire can still be usable with a considerable amount of tire wear, but may be more prone to flats. Also, if your tires are getting toward the end of their useful life, you may to upgrade before you next big event or training cycle, to make sure you spend time riding rather than on the side of the road.
We have asked our staff to share some their favorites and a few their picks.
Toby Holsman, BGI's Operations Manager is big fan of the Michelin Pro4 Endurance ($64.99) for a high mileage training tire –
I love the Michelin Pro4 Endurance. It handles, corners, and most importantly, lasts better than any other high-mileage tire. You'll never go back to Gatorskins after owning these.
Toby picks the Continental GP 4000s ($74.99) for his competitive riding and best all around performance –
The Continental GP4000 is one of the most expensive clincher tires. It deserves to be. No other tire strikes a better balance between high performance and durability. It lasts nearly as well as training-only tires, and it performs on par with superlight race-only tires. If I could only buy one tire for the rest of my life, this would be it.
Adam Haines, a Bicycle and Fitness Consultant at BGI North is also a fan of the GP 4000s –
Light, grippy, low rolling resistance, and durable. Nuff said.
Jay Hardcastle, Marketing Manager at Bicycle Garage Indy, likes the Serfas Seca ($27.99) wire beaded tires for their value and durability for sport and distance riding –
It is a great value tire, and we have used all three widths in our household of bikes – 23, 25 and 28, for every type of riding from sprint triathlons to centuries, and on our tandem.
Bicycle Garage Indy stocks road tires from Continental, Michelin, and Serfas, with choices for every budget and use. Bicycle Garage Indy has three locations to serve you; Bicycle Garage Indy North (Indianapolis, Dean Road at 82nd St.), South (just west of I-65 on County Line Rd, Greenwood), and BGI Downtown, in the Indy Bike Hub YMCA at City Market.