2003 Diamondback Response (refitted for commuting)
Tire Sizing... Help!!
As will soon become clear, I am not a hardcore biker, thus, I have a question.
I recently purchased a relatively inexpensive bike for my commute (only a couple of miles round trip). It is a 2003 Diamondback Response. I want to switch out my knobby tires with somthing a little smoother. The tires that came with the bike are 26x1.95 and can be inflated to 40-65 psi.
My question is this:
What size tire can I put on the bike? 26x1.25? 26x1.5? I shopped around a little today but I got different answers everywhere I went. One salesman told me that the 26x1.5 is too small. One salesman told me that it would be fine. I am looking for a nice smooth tire that can be inflated to a nice high PSI. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I recently put on a pair of Continental Twister Protection, 26x1.9 and I find them to be a great 'in-between' (semi-slick) tire. They are smooth rolling and provide predictable traction to deal with 'stupid driver situations' on the commute. They'll also be close in size to what you have now. They may have been discontinued, I'm not sure, but see if your LBS has any. I picked up a pair for $15 each, and have no complaints.