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Best Bike Tires for Commuting

Top Contact Tires

Four years ago, my cycling buddy, Buck, started raving about Continental Top Contact bike tires. I let him go on and on about them for a couple of months, especially when he was waiting for me to change my flat tires. In February of 2008, I finally broke down and bought a pair for my rain bike. They seemed kind of expensive at the time.

It’s hard to believe, but I’m still pedaling around on the exact same tires — having logged more than 3,500 miles per year on ’em. That’s more than 12,000 miles on a pair of bike tires without a single flat! It’s hard to put a price on that.

These are beefy bicycle commuting tires, complete with thick tread and a reflective strip on the sidewalls. They are heavy and I pay the price when trying to keep up on the weekly noon training rides, but the fact that I haven’t had to change a flat in the dead of winter makes up for the extra rolling resistance.

Winter Weight Training

An added bonus to the weight of the tires is the extra fitness I gain hauling ’em up the hills all winter long. When I finally jump on my dry weather bike, it feels like a feather and I float up the climbs. O.k., that’s an exaggeration, but it is a significant difference.


Inverted tread pattern gives ample traction but remains road worthy. Great touring tire. Vectran breaker provides excellent puncture resistance. Black with reflective stripe on sidewall. All sizes available in folding or wire bead.

Available in Sizes:

  • 700×28 (28-622 ISO, 415g wire bead, 350g folding, 85 max. psi)
  • 700×32 (32-622 ISO, 465g wire bead, 400g folding, 85 max. psi)
  • 700×37 (37-622 ISO, 720g wire bead, 550g folding, 85 max. psi)
  • 26×1.9″ (50-559 ISO, 860g wire, 695g folding, 65 max. psi)
AUTHOR: Leann Warren

Leann Warren is a 10-time All American in track and cross country and has won six national titles in distances ranging from the 4×400 meter relay to the 8k. She has a life-long love for running and cycling.

1 Comment
  • Nick

    I’m a disabled fire fighter who loves to ride bikes. I’m the fastest bike rider in my county and maybe even Eastern Oregon. I have been down on my luck for some time and I’m unable to keep up the maintenance on my mountain bike and my road bike due to extreme lack of funds. I need to get a set of studded tires and non studded beefy tires for my mountain bike. But can not afford it. Might there be any one in Portland who would be willing to help me out? Please email me at with details if you can help me. Thank you and Happy Holidays.

    December 7, 2013

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