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Widest tire for a Alex DA22 Rim
I am thinking of configuring an entry level GIANT OCR3 road bike I have into more of a winter/commuter bike. I almost never use it as a road bike so I was thinking of putting 28 or 32C Cyclocross tires on the bike. A few issues that may not be resolvable....
1: Can I fit a 28 or 32 C tire on my cheap Alex DA22 road rims? The rim width is 13.9mm (see photo)
2: It is a road bike with Caliper brakes, can I inflate the tire after I've squeezed it past the brake pads? Or is this just something you don't do without Cantilever brakes and the right frame/fork?
3: Any ideas on how to guess if I will have enough frame and fork clearance for the wider tire?
I attached a photo of the basic type of tire I was thinking in a 28C, most of the 32's look too large and knobby, I think.....
If you just aren't supposed to convert a road bike into a Cyclocross-ish bike, someone should be frank and tell me it's a bad idea!