Good 700c tire around 40 mm for wet roads?
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    Good 700c tire around 40 mm for wet roads?

    I'm looking for new 700c tires in the 37 to 42 (maybe up to 45) mm range for road use on my wife's cruiser bike. The most important feature would be sticky rubber for wet traction in cool weather (Pacific Northwest). I don't care if they wear faster due to a softer compound or if they're a bit more expensive. Folding or wire bead is OK.

    Tread pattern is mostly irrelevant since these would be used only on pavement unless she is forced off the bikeway into the grass due to (dog/babystroller/Jumpbike/solowheel) traffic, but a bit of tread might be visually reassuring.

    A reflective stripe would also be a plus, but not required. The Conti Contact Plus look cool, but more tread than is really needed.


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    Donnelly X'Plor tires are really nice as far as that size range goes.

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    Too old to ride plastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    ^This^. I have the 44mm Snoqualamie Pass...they're exactly 40mm on every rim I've put them on.
    #promechaniclife

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    This is all making me want to put wider tires on my retro-direct. The chain tends to drop off one or both freewheels when I hit a bump. I have 25 mm tires on it now. Going up to around 40 mm and lower pressure might help quite a bit.

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    I will agree the Rene Herse tires are really nice. I was a bit hesitant at first, but got the ultra-light version and man, are they ever comfy and fast on my gravel bike! Pricey though.
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    Crud. The chainstays on my retro-direct look like they have room for 38 mm tires, but the brake calipers *might* allow 32s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckRimfire View Post
    Crud. The chainstays on my retro-direct look like they have room for 38 mm tires, but the brake calipers *might* allow 32s.
    https://www.renehersecycles.com/shop...stampede-pass/

    These measure 30mm on my wives bike.
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    How high above the rim? The limiting point will be where the mounting bolt goes through the caliper, so centered right over the wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckRimfire View Post
    How high above the rim? The limiting point will be where the mounting bolt goes through the caliper, so centered right over the wheel.
    About the same 30mm. Probably give or take a mm.
    Too old to ride plastic

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