My blog from the other day, where I mentioned potholes, made me think about fixing my flat tire where a sharp stone/rock had penetrated the sidewall of my Continental Grand Prix 4000 tire...essentially ruining the tire. And, as WE all know..tires aren't cheap..unless you buy cheap tires. If you REALLY want a good training tire, especially for this time of year that has a beefed up sidewall and excellent puncture resistance..you can't go wrong with Continental Grand Prix's 4 Season Tire. Check it out: http://www.conti-online.com/generator/www/de/en/continental/bicycle/themes/race/recetyres/grand_prix_4_season/gp4season_en.html
Additionally, if you want an excellent all-around tire you can train and race on, you can't go wrong with Continental's Grand Prix 4000S. It's what I ride exclusively. Why? Because I think I've ridden just about every other tire on the market (without much luck) and Conti's give me everything I want: good puncture resistance, good tire wear, good traction on dry and wet roads, low rolling resistance, etc. I'm not here to bash other Tire Manufacturers but there IS a lot of junk out there. And, if you want good advice on tire durability and puncture resistance..just ask any rider over 195 lbs. what they like/ride. Lets face it, you under 150 pounders could probably ride a set of thin lightweight racing tires all year long and not get one flat.
And, No, I'm not a rep for Continental tires..so I don't get anything from advertising. As I said before, in my Garmin Edge 500 blog, I'm just passing on to the masses what truly pleases me in the cycling world..and Continental Tires are the way to go- as far as I'm concerned. Hey, they're made in Germany where some of the best automobilies in the world are made: Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, etc. Need I say more? Cheers Heir Muller (aka Coach Rob)