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.
Thanks in advance.
26 x 1.25 would work fine, but I think that they look a little goofy because they are so narrow. If it was my bike, I'd stick with 26 x 1.5.
Queen of France
It is likely that most any tire made for 26" wheels will work.
Since you have an inexpensive bike I assume you would prefer inexpensive tires -
These would work, although there are many other choices in ATB city slicks that inflate to around 85 psi.
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.