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Old 06-15-2014, 12:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Better bike tires for chipseal?

Bike riders of MCB, can anyone recommend a better tire, or at least type of tire, for riding on chipseal? In the Yukon, pretty much any paved road outside city limits that isn't a major highway is done in chipseal, and...well, it sucks ***. Even with some fairly grippy, knobby tires on my KLR650, I'm still hopping and drifting all over the place, especially if I get higher than 70 KPH.

Is it my tires? Is it just me as a fairly new rider? Or do I just need to suck it up and accept the ****ty roads?
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I'm coming at this from a mountain bike approach, but wouldn't wider tires help more than knobby ones?
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That's definitely possible, but I have no idea for sure. A cursory search just reveals a lot of bike riders bitching about chipseal and no practical solutions, though...
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Is it loose chipn'seal or is it packed down?

I know guys with cyclocross bikes use tires that can navigate any terrain. I'd recommend looking into them. they're usually the 700c style tires, though. If you use 26 or 29 inch wheels, I'm sure that there are similar options for them, as well.
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Sorry, to clarify-I'm talking motorbikes here, not pedal bikes.
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Bike riders of MCB, can anyone recommend a better tire, or at least type of tire, for riding on chipseal? In the Yukon, pretty much any paved road outside city limits that isn't a major highway is done in chipseal, and...well, it sucks ***. Even with some fairly grippy, knobby tires on my KLR650, I'm still hopping and drifting all over the place, especially if I get higher than 70 KPH.

Is it my tires? Is it just me as a fairly new rider? Or do I just need to suck it up and accept the ****ty roads?
hmm...can't help directly, also coming from a mountain bike perspective, but i'd look into tires with a larger air volume, or play with the air pressure a bit. or find more flexible tires (higher tpi count for the carcass). lower pressure / more flexible tire should conform to the terrain better instead of bouncing around, which should improve traction and reduce rolling resistance.

better yet, find a motocross forum and dig for answers there.
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Old 06-15-2014, 02:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Lower the pressure little bit, it will allow it to absorb more chatter. It varies by your weight.
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Old 06-15-2014, 02:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Have you tried tires for flat track racing? I had a set of dunlops with medium compound on my enduro and I could get by on concrete and loose gravel without much problems. I did not ride them a lot on chipseal, but the roads in my area that were chip sealed never seemed to be squirelly with them.
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