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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 06-29-08, 10:02 PM   #1
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uber clyde needs 700x47 tires recommendations

I'm new to this forum, got inspired so i purchased a Kona Smoke 2-9. My question is which tires are good for supporting my weight of 410#? My bike uses 700x47 size tires. And did I choose the "right" bike for myself?
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Old 06-30-08, 08:08 AM   #2
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The Smoke is a great choice, and a great bike for a person of your size. I started above that weight on an old Raleigh MTB that held up under me for a lot of miles, then a Specialized MTB that also held the weight. Keep an eye on your wheels, but my guess is that you'll have no problems with it.

Now, about the bike itself, the stock tires on the Smoke 2-9 are great! I have 700x37 Contacts on my Surly, and I absolutely love them. They roll very well, and provide a pretty nice ride along with good puncture protection. I was going to replace them when I got the bike, but since have grown very fond of them over the 800+ miles I've ridden on them. I've ridden pavement, gravel, crushed limestone, dirt and even some wet gravel/mud. Run them at 80 psi and you'll be just fine.

When it comes time to replace them (which may be a long time, mine are above 800 miles and have very little wear) you might consider Schwalbe Marathons. Great tires, well regarded by many. I'm going to pick up a set of Marathon Cross tires for the winter as I know several folks who have them and can't say enough good about them. You'll be hard pressed to find someone who does NOT like their Schwalbes.

That being said, the Continentals are great, and have served me well. For pavement I'll likely just keep replacing them with the same - great, great tires.
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thanks bdinger

Thank you for your response, it's very helpful since I haven't biked in over 24 years. My Continental City Contacts say the max PSI is 56. I've noticed on your forum that it's best to find a tire with a max PSI of at least 100 for my weight. Is that true? Again thanks.
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The pressure variable is a function of the width of the tire. A 47 is going to require less air pressure than a 32 mm or even narrower to support the same weight load. Run the max pressure and you should be fine. You can even go a bit over the max if you need to, but there really isn't a lot of gain in efficiency unless you go to a narrower tire.

I run a 700X26 for example at 110 PSI.
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Check out the Topeak Joe Blow pumps... I find that if I have an easy to use pump then I'm more inclined to top off my tires before every ride.
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Check out the Topeak Joe Blow pumps... I find that if I have an easy to use pump then I'm more inclined to top off my tires before every ride.
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I have one of those and it makes keeping them topped up a breeze.
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Thank you Tom.....that really puts my mind at ease. Are there any other tips you can give this new rider? Like I said before, it's been over 2+ decades since I last rode a bike.
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Watch the spoke tension....after the break in period, have yur wheels retensioned by hand....say about 100 miles. Other than that, just pedal and have fun.
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