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TECH NEWS People's Choice: Your favourite cycling tyres revealed

You choose the best rubber to hit the road

What are your favourite tyres? In our last People's Choice survey we asked what people rely on to make that vital connection between bike and Tarmac. The results are in, so without further ado, the envelope please.

5 Continental Grand Prix 4 Season — 7%

A vote for reliability and all-weather performance here with a tyre that has a great reputation for fighting punctures.

5 Schwalbe Durano Plus — 7%

Another popular flat-fighter whose fans say it's the most puncture-resistant lightweight tyre.

5 Schwalbe One — 7%

Swift slicks from Schwalbe, claimed by the maker to be the fastest and at the same time most reliable competition tyre the company has ever made.

5 Vittoria Rubino Pro — 7%

Reliable all-rounders at a sensible price. Probably the best tyres you can get for under £20 each.

4 Schwalbe Marathon — 8%

The choice of riders who simply can't be doing with punctures, the Marathons are a bit slow and heavy but tough as old boots against urban debris. Available in a vast range of sizes, you can even get them in old-style 27-inch.

3 Continental GatorSkin — 9%

The Gatorskins' combination of speed and reliability makes them popular winter tyres, and many riders chose to use them year-round. They're not as flat-resistant as Marathons, but they're plenty good enough for many riders.

2 Michelin Pro 4 Service Course — 10%

Fast, fun summer tyres with Michelin's sticky rubber compound.

1 Continental Grand Prix 4000S II — 23%

Light, grippy and puncture-resistant, the Continental Grand Prix 4000S II is the latest version of this ever-popular German tyre. Its fans like its low rolling resistance as well as its other qualities.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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