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    Senior Member vincenzosi's Avatar
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    Tire Sizing, and Good news... Maybe?

    On my old Schwinn, I had a set of Continental Sport Contacts (26 x 1.6). I loved those tires more than I've ever loved any set of tires I've ever had on a bike (although the Kevlar Bontrager Selects on my Road bike are nice, just not this nice). They resist every puncture, crunch glass like Godzilla, and so on.

    In short, I love them.

    So it was with much dismay that my new hybrid comes with 700cc tires (700x40 to be specific).

    Anyway, while perusing conti-online.com, I noticed that they have a size conversion chart, and supposedly, 700 x 37 converts to 28 x 1 3/8 x 1 5/8 in standard. The SC's are available at that size, but I'm wondering if that number sounds about right to people, and if you guys think they'll work on the Raleigh in place of the factory specced tires.

    Any help you can offer would be tremendously appreciated. It would appear that Conti thinks they'll work, based on their size conversion chart, but I know that the people here truly know their stuff...
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    I'm unclear on what you're looking for. A Sport Contact in 700c? A Sport Contact in 40mm x 700c? (corresponds to 1.6" ) If you're happy with SC, go for any of the available widths - but once the snow is gone I recommend 32 or 28. I have found the Vittoria Randonneur, though heavy, is a good city tire because of its glass resistance. Others seem to like the Continental Ultra GatorSkin. If you want lighter but still tough, the Panaracer Pasela TG (not the standard Pasela, which is flimsy) It just happens that I am a commuter who rides through the Bronx nearly every day. Have you noticed that the Henry Hudson Bridge pedestrian path is now technically open? I need to investigate, am very sick of the Broadway bridge area.

    cheers,

    tvphobic

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    Senior Member vincenzosi's Avatar
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    I'm looking for a Conti Sportcontact that'll fit on the Raleigh, which from the factory runs a 700 x 40. I've already had the Sportcontact and I'm obsessed with finding a pair that'll work on the Raleigh...

    I've heard that the path is indeed open, but only to walking traffic; although I've also heard they aren't stopping people on bikes. I wouldn't really know because I've never been on my bike on the west side of the Bronx...

    Thanks for the advice, though! It is appreciated greatly!
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    Don't worry about the tire width...........anything under 40mm will work!

    It's really a function of rear triangle, fork and brake clearance.


    BTW I read about the compound of the Sport Contact. I think this hard-wearing
    blend is similar to the Randonneur.

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