What was the Argos offer?
Spa Cycles have been around forever
They also do Schwalbe Marathon Plus "London" tyres for £15. Looks quite a good deal especially now the Argos offer seems to have expired.
The website doesn't load for me :(
You can save a tenner by getting them from Germany. eg Action Sports @ 27.9 euros each + 5.99 euros delivery = GBP 49.50 ish edit: I've had these in 700c for a few years. They are as good as the OP says - once you get used to the noise they make on tarmac. Difficult not to feel smug riding up an icy hill past stuck traffic;) The only problem is that they aren't so useful in frozen ice ruts or deep snow (obviously). Not a problem if you stick to main and well used roads though.
The folding version in different sizes is £28.00 http://www.spacycles.co.uk/products.php?plid=m2b0s142p1034
Mine was a 1200, the forerunner to the 1.2. If you want a very decent 3 season tyre, then I used to run these and they are a huge bargain at the moment - not quite as good as the GP4000s but 2/3 of the price and a very capable tyre. ( https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/michelin-pro-3-race-700-x-23c-tobac/825746/ )
Cheers mate, love my Trek 1.2. Its my baby. Absolute beauty. Guess winter riding ain't the way forward then, -5 today and more snow forecasted for this week oO
I agree with your excellent comment, but I don't actually whizz around, especially on corners (my 52 year legs don't allow this) so I have decided to buy two of these tyres. I have had no punctures with my current Vittoria tyres, but as they are over a year old, they will eventually need replaced. These tyres will be OK. Thanks to the original poster too Happy cycling !
Good choice of bike. Im a big Trek fan myself. FWIW I've seen many an experienced Sunday cycle group tumble like a house of cards becuase they hit black ice. IMO road cycling in winter is really not worth the risk of injury (that will likely put you out for weeks whilst you recover, never mind the damage to your pride and joy). But mountain biking in the snow is fab and totally recommended!
I've had GP4000s on my bike all summer and into the winter. Not a single puncture so far and I've done a fair few miles - they do feel grippy too but I wont go out on a roadie in these dodgy conditions. These look cheap but as someone pointed out to me, the tyre is the only thing that touches the road on a road bike and from a safety perspective, I wont skimp any more.
They went up to £21 or £22 at the back end of last week, but have now gone down in price again :|
@ farbuckle - I think that the problem may be that you have had a bad experience with plastic tyre levers. I have come a few that quite frankly are not fit for purpose. They are made out of the wrong kind of plastic and are too bendy. Please believe me that a good pair of plastic tyre levers will only set you back a pound or two and they are well worth it. You don’t need to have expensive rims to justify this small cost and it is better than your tyre being damaged because of a score or nick on the rim.
I'm not going to argue the point other than you stated that nobody should use metal levers but we don't all have expensive fragile wheels and not everybody is heavy handed with tools. It seems the best compromise for these Marathons may be plastic levers with a metal core.
I have bought two sets of pluses from spa at the above price. They are a heavy tyre but they are worth it for the protection. If you need speed and 'p' protection then go for schwalbe marathon supreme, they really are the business, I paid £25 a tyre. Done about 1500 commuting miles on the supremes and never had a 'p' yet
Good deal, but it is the 09 version, so you're not comparing like with like if you cost it against his year's version and they won't have all sizes. Not saying I wouldn't be interested at this price though... heat. :thumbsup:
cheers will do just that :thumbsup:
Head over to bikeradar forums, there are plenty of questions on which bike to get, what's best at a certain price point, whether you're interested in the commute to work, longer rides etc. What I know about bikes could fit on the back of a postage stamp. A month ago it could have fit on the edge :D
this is what i was referring to - its almost as bad as ICT acronyms !!:thinking:
I know, I just bought the Boardman Team Carbon a few weeks back, great bike. But, Shimano Ultegra > SRAM Rival though I thought...