One of my work colleagues is starting to ride to work on her mountainbike, and has asked for suggestions for suitable tyres that she can ride both on singletrack (once we get her up to speed) and to commute on. Having been a cycle commuter for several years now, i should know what should be suitable so will explain my suggestions.

The thing is with having a bike you want to use on mud as well as tarmac is getting the grip/resistance balance right.
Whilst you need knobs on the sides to hook up for grip when cornering on the singletrack there doesnt need to be an aggressive tread over the the centre of the tyre.

I have always relied on Schwalbe tyres for my commuting duties due to their puncture resistance as well as the longevity. Whilst they are not the cheapest tyres you could buy they are good value if they last as long as mine have!

The Schwalbe Landcruisers are a good balance for both duties and i have used these on several of my bikes so i have grip on the dirt paths etc that my commute has. The last set that i replaced were replaced only because they were down to the canvas on the centre of the tyre! It was then when replacing them i noticed two thorns that would have burst the tube with most other tyres.

The other thing that Mel needs for the bike is a new brake cable inner & outer as the old one is rusted up and frayed. I replaced the front one last year and should really have done the rear one at the same time.

I have listed the links for the items mentioned above so Mel can get them ordered and i will fit them when they turn up!

So go on get them ordered Mel!!

Hooky signing off for now

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