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    Tires?

    Okay, so I am at Mountain Equipment Co-op today, to pick up a cheap bike computer, and I decided to look at some other stuff, tires I am down to two choices to replace the fat knobby slow tires on my MTB-Touring Commuter Bike conversion (it's a 2004 Norco Bushpilot). The engine for this bike is a 45 year old guy, 1.7m tall around 105kg (on a good day).

    Ritchey Tom Slicks 26" x 1.4, $17 each.
    Tioga City Slickers 26" x 1.5, $18 each

    Anyone have experience good or bad with either of these tires?

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    For commuting, either one is a good choice. I'd go with the Ritchey, just because of the name (I used to love that old cartoon, Tom Slick), because in this application, the tires are equal quality!
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    Either will be a major improvement over the knobbies.
    I don't know which one might be more "durable", but depending on your road conditions, you might just feel the thickness of the tread to aid in your decision.
    A few months back I was in a similar quandry between 1.5 & 1.25. I was afraid the 1.25 would be too small for my 20?mm wide MB rims, so I opted for the 1.5's. After mounting, it was pretty obvious the 1.25's would have been OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun
    Either will be a major improvement over the knobbies.
    I don't know which one might be more "durable", but depending on your road conditions, you might just feel the thickness of the tread to aid in your decision.
    A few months back I was in a similar quandry between 1.5 & 1.25. I was afraid the 1.25 would be too small for my 20?mm wide MB rims, so I opted for the 1.5's. After mounting, it was pretty obvious the 1.25's would have been OK.
    Well that's part of the issue, how narrow can you go Compared to the army boot like 2.25 inch knobbies on there now, anything is an improvement. Really though 1" is 25.4mm so on a 20mm rim anything over 1" should be okay. The Ritcheys look more sturdy, are a buck cheaper, and 81g lighter per tire -- not that 162g matters when the bikes engine is 25Kg heavier then it should be BTW the knobbies are about double the weight per tire....

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    Hi,
    I used a variety of tires on my old XO2. They came with Tom Slick 1.4
    and that tire was better than any of the others I tried. Don't go smaller than
    that, the ride gets harsh. I doubt it matters much which brand you get, they are both decent tires. You don't need a ton of pressure, just put in enough to keep
    them kinda round and they'll give a nice ride.

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    I've used both on my Bridgestone MB-turned-commuter, and they're both fine. The Ritcheys are on there now, and I like them a lot, though they're not the easiest-rolling 26-inch tires around (I think Panaracer Paselas get that prize,though mine were only 1.25 vs. the 1.4 Ritcheys). It's been awhile since I used the Tiogas, but they were good for urban use. Like another post said, I might go with the Toms just because of all he's done for cycling.

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    Just an update on this thread.

    I went with the Ritchey Tom Slicks, man oh man what a difference, first the pfffft pfffft pfffft sound of the knobbies ( you know that sound, you hear it in July when some cager was too cheap to get the snow tires taken off -- even though he wasted $500 worth of gas, to save $15 getting the tires swapped ), is gone, it was truly annoying. Actually the only car I had snow tires for, I spent $10 at the junk yard for a couple of extra rims, got the snow tires mounted on them, and did the biannual swap in the driveway.

    Second my normal gear on the flats has gone from 46.1 gear inches to 60.5 gear inches. Still managed to end up walking the one hill, but I did get further up before I stopped riding. Because of the higher gear, I managed to average 25km/h versus 17km/h with the "snow tires", I hit about 35km/h at one point.

    I will keep the knobbies and the larger tubes as spares.

    If you want to see what I have done to turn my mountain bike into a commuter/tourer, see my blog, it even includes a picture!

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