Continental Town & Country Tires - Tubular

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Continental Town & Country: Continental's Town & Country is a durable workhorse on and off the road, built for stability, traction and value. Police bike squadrons throughout the world use the Town & Country because of its puncture resistance...

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[Sep 15, 2011]
Simon Ward
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Stable under most conditions, easy rolling, durable (except when the sidewalls blow), and not prone to punctures.

Weakness:

Heavy, but that doesn't bother tourers.
Sidewalls prone to wear

Some years ago I rode 7600 km around the bottom of Australia, from Perth to Brisbane, with full touring load, on ONE set of T&Cs. Yes I had a few flats, but as an all-round tyre that can take a big load, and behave in all conditions, Town & Countries are hard to beat.

Two years later, I set out from Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego to ride to Lima, rolling on T&Cs. I didn't get a flat for 3000 km and then, in the space of two days, BOTH tyres blew their sidewalls below where the tyre made contact with the rim. Most disappointing.

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[May 17, 2007]
steely
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

They look pretty.

Weakness:

They look pretty and nothing else.

Run, do not walk, away from this tire. The old version with the brown sidewalls were great. The latest ones made in India with black walls are useless. Continental ruined a great product with this one. I've had three flats this week alone.

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The older T&C

[Apr 26, 2006]
Anonymous
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Great traction on and off road.
Highly durable.
Very puncture resistant. I've only had one flat since I've been riding on them and I commute four or five days a week year round.

Weakness:

A bit on the heavy side but if you're using them for training that's a plus. Come race day and you put on the lighter tires you'll notice a huge difference.

I've been running these tires on my commuter for a couple years now. As said in the other reviews they are great on the road. I'll go a step further and say they are great on trails too. I pre-rode the sea otter course on my commuter bike last year with these tires. I kept up with the the riders I was with quite easily. The Sea Otter course varies from dirt road to pavement to hard packed single track to deep soft sand. There was no stopping me. On the same bike with the same tires a few months later I joined some friends for a Sunday road ride. All the other riders were on road bikes. On a particularly fast winding descent only one other rider was able to keep up with me and he admitted to me later he was on the edge of his comfort zone. I gave full credit to the tires. I was spun out and could pedal no faster otherwise I would have.

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Nothing else like it on the market as far as I'm concerned.

[Aug 12, 2005]
Anonymous
Commuter

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Tough, quick, great traction on wet or dry surfaces of all types. Extremely stable in any sort of city riding. Perfect for bombing around a bike UNfriendly city like San Antonio.

Weakness:

Heavy so don't try and take these to the track. Not suited for mountain as much as a knobby, but for hard city riding nothing beats these.

I bought these tires when I was brand new to cycling. The skinny slicks my Marin came with were giving me some problems as a beginner, so i needed some tires that gave me more stability. On talking to my buddy up in Seattle he said Conti Town & Country was the way to go. Most of the Police rode them both in San Antonio and in Seattle, so you know they must be pretty functional. I wasn't disappointed. These things are monsters around town eating everything I throw at them without sacrificing speed.

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[Feb 08, 2005]
Anonymous
Recreational Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Nice ride (cushy), roll easily, good to excellent traction in most all road conditions. They also seem to be fairly puncture resistant.

Weakness:

They are slightly heavy. If you ride strictly dirt (mountain) trails might want to stick with knobby tires.

I have had the opportunity to spend a chunk of my money on various tires over the years. I believe the Continental Town and Country tires to be among the best tires available. Let me qualify my statement slightly. I use the Town and Country tires on a bike that is a commuter, so my primary riding surface is concrete or asphalt. The Conti tires offer superior traction in all weather. I used to commute to work (7 years) and rode daily so I had occasion to ride in all weather ( I live in Colorado). For an "all around tire" these are your tires! If you want a strictly snow or dirt tire look elsewhere but do not fault the Conti Town and Country as it was never designed for those purposes. This is a natural rubber tire that offers a soft ride, good grip and smooth roll. I would classify them as a commuter, recreational or bike path tire with the ability to hold their own on dirt roads. Personally, I would not buy another tire for my use and that should just about say it all.

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Ritchy, Performance house brand, WTB Velociraptor, IRC. I cant remember them all.

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