The Best Bicycle Tires for Commuting

The Best Bicycle Tires for Commuting
As any bicycle commuter knows, having the proper tires is an essential part of your commute. Ineffective tires are a great way to ruin your day; many a rider has been hobbled by a stray piece of hardware or broken glass in the bike lane. The best bicycle commuter tires have to be dependable-sturdy enough to withstand day-in and day-out use on the road and the occasional sharp pieces of road shrapnel.

Schwalbe Marathon Plus

If a tire can take a man around the world, it's probably good enough to get you to work. Schwalbe's Marathon Plus tire ($55 as of 2010) accompanied Scott Stoll on his around-the-world cycling tour, and he referred to it as "the best touring tire in the world." This tire has the integrated SmartBelt, a 5 mm-thick layer of rubber for puncture protection without weighing the bike down or adding rolling resistance. With its combination of durability and efficiency, the Marathon Plus won't let commuters down on their way to work or play.


Kenda Kommuter

For comfort in addition to durability, Kenda's Kommuter ($14.99 as of 2009) is a great tire choice. Richard Peace of reported that the Kommuter is a solid option for people who want their bikes to "soak up bumps a bit more" on the road. Although it lacks the puncture-resistant kevlar belts that many commuter tires have, the comparably lower weight, smooth ride and grippy, solid traction in wet or dry weather combined with its great price make the Kommuter an excellent value.

Bontrager Race Lite Hardcase

Bontrager's Race Lite Hardcase tire ($39 as of 2010) is an excellent tire for people who ride in drier weather. With a kevlar bet, anti-cut casing and an anti-pinch design, this tire just might outlast you. A user reviewer on mentioned that his tires had lasted 4,000 miles and recalls picking goathead thorns (a common base to cyclists) and shards of glass from the tread with no damage done to the tire. Reviewers noted that the tires tend to skid in the rain at speeds over 10 to 15 mph, but for riders who want their tires to last, the Race Lite Hardcase won't let you down.


Article Written By Billy Brown

Billy Brown is an outdoor sports writer living in Northern California. An avid rock climber and trail runner, he's been writing about outdoor activities, fitness and gear since 2005. He regularly contributes to "The Record Searchlight,", and, as well as other print and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simpson University and is a NASM-certified personal trainer.

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