Join Date: May 2009
Location: Prevezanian Riviera
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You can survive with any tire
Like it was mentioned before adjust your riding to your tires. If you think an RC51 is centuries in advancement from a mid 70s bike the tires are millenniums in advance, meanwhile people survived on those skinny old tires to ride today.
If you are short on money now are you going to have lotsa of money next season? If not buy a quality tire that would last longer rather than buy cheap tires that would be junk in a few months. As far as I know Mich. Pilot Road 3 (or even 2 if they are relatively fresh) are much cheaper to run long term than even the cheapest chinese tire wal mart may sell you.
They provide amazing performance for being able to last 4-5 times longer than competitors.
Emphasis on riding conservatively on a budget. Lock braking, spinning, wheeling, are for rich kids with tiny brains!