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Before any says it, yes I know this belongs in the Wheels and Tires forum and I have had it out there for several days but only one response. So go ahead and give it to me I can take it.

I just purchased a 05 (new) Cannondale R5000 and it comes with Hutchinson Fusion foldable tires which reading some of the reviews there is a reliability question for training.

I live in mid Missouri with lots of chip sealed roads around me. I will be commuting (18 to 24 one way) to and from work during the week. I’m concerned about flats and being late for work, it was hard selling the boss on a place to store the bike inside and a place to cleanup and change so the last thing I want to do is start the relation ship off by being late.

Please make recommendations for a tire with low rolling resistance but good puncture resistance

When I pick the bike up next week (waiting on a stem and seat post swap out) I will post the pics of my new baby
 

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Specialized armadillos or Conti gatorskins. You can probably pick up Specialized tires for cheap on e-bay. Look for ones that are either armadillos (heavy but indestructable) or ones with their "flak-jacket". I've used them with fairly good results. I hit a piece of glass with one. Cut a large gash in the tire, ruining it, but I made it home. I even went out and bought a replacement tire at full retail. Something I never do:p
 

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Panaracer Paselas, biggest you can fit in the fork.

Actually any tire like that should work fine--Armadillos, Gatorskins etc. But I've used Paselas for three or four years on two bikes, and they're about as good a combination of durability and low rolling resistance as you'll find. Armadillos are probably tougher, but I don't care for the ride, which is harsh and "wooden." The Paselas feel responsive and cushy.
If you can fit 700x28s between the fork blades, that would be my recommendation. Don't dork around with 23s.
 

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tgiboney said:
Before any says it, yes I know this belongs in the Wheels and Tires forum and I have had it out there for several days but only one response. So go ahead and give it to me I can take it.

I just purchased a 05 (new) Cannondale R5000 and it comes with Hutchinson Fusion foldable tires which reading some of the reviews there is a reliability question for training.

I live in mid Missouri with lots of chip sealed roads around me. I will be commuting (18 to 24 one way) to and from work during the week. I’m concerned about flats and being late for work, it was hard selling the boss on a place to store the bike inside and a place to cleanup and change so the last thing I want to do is start the relation ship off by being late.

Please make recommendations for a tire with low rolling resistance but good puncture resistance

When I pick the bike up next week (waiting on a stem and seat post swap out) I will post the pics of my new baby
Just ride what tires you have until they're shredded and what not. They'll be fine on the roads that you're riding on and stuff like that. Keep the tires properly inflated, and you'll more than likely not have any trouble.
 

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Just ride what tires you have until they're shredded and what not. They'll be fine on the roads that you're riding on and stuff like that. Keep the tires properly inflated, and you'll more than likely not have any trouble.
When you get to the shredded tire point, look at Armadillo Elites. They are a foldable version of an armadillo and ride like a race tire. If you get standard armadillos, get the reflective sidewalls version. I have about 3000 miles on one and it is still rideable. Lots of cuts, but rideable.
 

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I would recommend Performance forte kevlars but they changed their product line AGAIN and don't have them anymore.,
Paselas, Armadillos, Gatorskins

If you are running on tar and chip much over 100 psi doesn't do you any good. Run a bigger tire if you can that will inflate to 100psi

I just put on Panaracer urban max tires on my commuter rig but don't have enough miles to tell you if they are tough. They don't have a great ride.
 

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I'll second that

I'm a sometime commuter and use the Michelin carbons. My commute is 12.5 miles one way on a mix of road, bike path and dirt (6 miles of an old tow path). The bike is an old Trek 5200 which also gets put in a trainer ocassionally and serves as a back up bike. No flats at all. Hope I didn't jinx myself.
 

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Continental GP 4 Seasons. 230 grams. Holds up well and resists flats better than anything I've tried other than Armadillos (which weigh as much as a car tire).
 

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2nd the Paselas

Few flats, comfortable, reasonable weight and feel pretty supple. I find them an excellent all around tire. For a little faster feel, I'd recommend Conti 2000's or Vredestein Volantes. Neither feel as fast or as sticky as good quality, high performance tires but both have tough treads and sidewalls without feeling like running with boots on.
 

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tgiboney said:
Before any says it, yes I know this belongs in the Wheels and Tires forum and I have had it out there for several days but only one response. So go ahead and give it to me I can take it.

I just purchased a 05 (new) Cannondale R5000 and it comes with Hutchinson Fusion foldable tires which reading some of the reviews there is a reliability question for training.

I live in mid Missouri with lots of chip sealed roads around me. I will be commuting (18 to 24 one way) to and from work during the week. I’m concerned about flats and being late for work, it was hard selling the boss on a place to store the bike inside and a place to cleanup and change so the last thing I want to do is start the relation ship off by being late.

Please make recommendations for a tire with low rolling resistance but good puncture resistance

When I pick the bike up next week (waiting on a stem and seat post swap out) I will post the pics of my new baby
I guess I'd ride the tires you have until they show a fair bit of wear or create some problems. I wouldn't expect them to self destruct in the short run, even if they're not the highest mileage tires out there. If you don't like the ride, that's another story. Like several other posters, I think Michelin carbons are a pretty good compromise between a hard wearing tire and a good riding tire, but if you want super heavy duty you might prefer something else. For rough roads, I'd recommend 25c and reasonable pressure, but if you want 23s performance has the carbons on sale for 23 or 24 bucks. At least with Michelin, a 23 is likely to be a real 23, and not a 21 or 22.
 

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Other posters have mentioned good tires for durability and flat resistance so I won't chime in on that. An often overlooked factor is tire size/inflation pressure. A larger tire (25c/28c) run at lower pressures is more flat resistant and gives a much smoother ride with very little, if any, penalty on rolling resistance. A 25c run at 85-90psi or a 28c run at 80-85psi will often roll over glass and other debris without a puncture whereas a 23c at 100+psi will puncture. Lower pressure allows a tire to conform to the glass, etc. and resist penetration. Higher pressures allow less conformance and greater penetration risk.
 

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Big Rider-on the new line of Performance tires,are they still made by Panaracer?I like the old Panaracer Fortes' also.Thanks.
 

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Michelin Carbons....suck.

I used Carbons for my "winter" tire a couple of years ago - more flats with them than anything else I've used. I flatted once last year in 5,000 miles on Continentals. I used the Force/Attack combo and now I'm on GP 4000's. I don't see chip-and-seal causing flats.
 
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