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27 May 2006

A Free Endorsement for Continental Bicycle Tires

Last May, before going to Turkey, I bought a pair of high performance Continental tires for my bike. They were the "4 Season" model, with an aggressive tread and kevlar belts and high thread count casing. They cost me $60 each and lasted over a year, including 500 miles ridden on the rough roads of Turkey. One of them flatted the other week and my sponsor pushed a Michelin tire on me as a replacement- the Michelin?: two flats in two weeks! Now I'm riding an old spare Continental Sprinter tubular tire- it never needs re-inflating and tough as nails. Continental makes the best racing tires, hands down- especially the ones made in Germany.

7 comments:

Gulay said...

Tires are strange things. The Husband has commuted/ridden all through the winter (24 miles per day)on Bontrager Race Lite 700x25 and only 1 flat which was last week.

Anonymous said...

Murat - can you post a descrption and/or advice about riding in Turkey? I'll be in Istanbul (Sariyer) this summer and I plan to take my road bike.

Murat Altinbasak said...

Never ridden Istanbul, but I've raced and trained in Bursa, Izmir, Antalya and Corum. Pack the bike in a hard case. Take strong wheels with you (I ruined a pair of Mavic GEL280s back in 1989, last year I took a pair of bulletproof Gipiemme wheels) Don't skimp on tires, and take a pair of foldable spares and tubes. Watch the traffic! While traffic pattern and "body language" of drivers is more predictable, they are far less experienced at driving in close proximity to bikes. If you're ridin into remote hills or mountains- watch out for the wild dogs! That's no joke. They will chase you up a mountain pass and terrify you. Don't crash- the roads are often the "heavy" type and road rash is twice as bad- I know from experience. There's a very good website with a forum where you might be able to network with other riders or clubs. I'll post a link, been meaning to anyway. It's the Turkish Cycling Federation site.

Gulay said...

Sariyer is not too bad. You can ride up the shore of the Bosphorsu and then up the monster hill and on up to Kilyos. Coming back you can head through Zekiriyakoy and Bahcekoy [past the netrance to the Belgrade Forest and then either turn left under the aqeduct oor carry on down to the Main Road and back to Sariyer. Other options include heading over to KemerBurgaz from Bahcekoy, a nice ride actually, and then onwards out into the country side. Thats about a 3 to 4 hr ride though but there is virtually no traffoice once your out of Kemer and the roads are not too bad. If you have a mountain Bike, Belgrade Forest has some excellent riding and the MTBTR club has a good website with details of rides and meets. Istanbul itself can be a nightmare although having ridden in London and Hong Kong it did not seem too bad to me. And I agree with Murat, good tires, plenty of spares and consider a camelbak in addition to bottles as it can get very hot.
I can add some basic maps if you would like to send you email address. All the best from Gulay's Husband.

Anonymous said...

Murat and Gulay's husband -

Thanks for the advice. I'll be staying at Koc University on top of the hill in Sariyer. I was planning on doing a lot of hill repeats and perhaps riding through the Belgrade forest. I'll probably take durable 32 spoke clinchers with some 25mm Contis.

I'd love a map if available. mtrimble.econ89 (at) gtalumni (dot) org

Thanks a lot.

Gulay said...

I know the place well. Its at the top of the monster hill!!!! Lucky you or not. I will scan and mail some maps with some ideas for you in the next few days.

Gulay said...

I mailed some maps to the both of you. Let me know if you got them