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    road tires on a mountain bike

    Hi guys,

    I am very new to bike mechanics. Please forgive my ignorance. For the last few years, I've been riding a mountain bike as a road bike. I realized that I would be better off with a road bike, but I don't have the money to buy one. Recently, I got a flat tire on my bike, and i got to thinking. Can I replace my mountain bike tires with road tires? From what I've researched so far, I think it can be done. But how? What should I look for? Can I just buy new tires and tubes and keep the same wheels? Again, I have little money to work with. If that can be done, I'm sure there are measurements that I need to be aware of. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    Bryan

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    Go to your local bike store and ask for MTB slicks. The conti town and countries rock.
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    The tire sizes are not interchangeable ebtween road and mountain wheels, but as others have suggested MTB slicks are a good alternative. I have outsitted one of my MTBs with Specialized Fatboy slicks wich are 1.5 inches wide. While no road bike, they give a very nice ride on the smooth roads and are fairly inexpensive.

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    No need to apoligize, I had the same questions few months back.

    I bought this tire: Performance Forte City

    It should fit most 26" rims, except if you have a really-really wide one.
    The tubes, well depends, you don't really have to change them. Unless they are pretty old. In any case buy a pair of tubes. It's nice to have spares just in case.

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    I got a 3-4 mph speed increase when I changed from wide knobbies to slicks on my mountain bike. When you order you have to get the right size tire. MTB tires are 26" with various widths. I went with a width of 1.25. These are pretty slim, but not nearly as slim as road tires. And in fact you can't get them as slim as road bike tires without changing your rims and a bunch of other stuff which isn't practical. You can pump them up to a higher PSI so they have a lower rolling resistance.


    Look for 26x1.0 to 26x1.5

    And yes you can use your old tubes, but they may be a little unmanageable when trying to get them on the rim and in the much smaller tire. They will be much bigger than 1.0-1.5 tubes. But it can be done.

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    thanks so much guys!

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