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djnzlab1 08-20-08 06:52 PM

Time for the Knobbies to go
 
HI,
Called my LBS shop and they have a nice hybrid tire same the local police use for my mountian bike to replace my 2 1/4 knobby tires ,
it has a center strip without tread and a little tread on the shoulder with a rather puncher resistant tire.
He says my bike will be much faster.
Sounds Pretty cool.
I had a rather ruff ride today 15 MPH winds in the face first several miles and then I crossed over to my return trek all down wind and man was I flying for a CD over 57 y/o.. whoooo
My tires were humming like those tires on a 4wheel drive truck.. hehe
Scared a few DUCKS by the lake a block away...
Geeze no wonder my hands are numb..
Doug


Serfas Drifter City Tire - 26 x 2.0

StephenH 08-20-08 08:00 PM

I think this tire is identical to what came on my Worksman except for the branding:
http://www.niagaracycle.com/product_...oducts_id=1384

It is a street-tread blackwall tire, and I don't think any of the local shops sell that. They all have mountain bike tires with blackwall and cruiser bike tires which are invariably whitewall. This tire is not flat-proof or anything, but seems decent enough.

My mountain bike had knobbies, and I didn't mind them. I couldn't tell they slowed me down much (keep in mind, these were cheap knobbies, not super-aggressive tires), and the hum they make is handy to let people know you're coming on the bike trail.

Sammiches 08-20-08 08:53 PM

Yah, the wildlife clear a path for me well before I can worry about hitting 'em, thanks to the aggressive hum of my knobbies. Doing a 39-mile R/T commute on paved roads, I wonder how many minutes I'd shave off if I switched to road tires.

Bill Kapaun 08-21-08 12:35 AM

Depending on how aggressive your current knobbies are, you be very to extremely happy with street slicks.
When I got my bike (used), it had Panaracer Smoke's on both wheels (look that one up) I was pedalling my butt off to get any speed. Quit pedaling and I'd coast about 20 yards and nearly be stopped!
I weigh about 230 and have found a 26x1.50" to be about right for my needs. It's "fat" enough to kill road buzz and rolls pretty decently. IF I didn't have so much rough textured pavement, I'd probably go for 26x1.25".
I'm using Serfas Drifters. I havn't used any other brands in that size, so I can't give any comparison, but they seem to do the job and other Drifter owners seem to feel the same way.

BTW, use proper tire sizing. For example, a 26x1.50" IS NOT the same as a 26x1-1/2"! Decimals and fractional sizes are not the same.

djnzlab1 08-23-08 08:24 PM

Well we went with a differnt tire
 
HI,
went for a good ride on my new tires, they roll nice in the grass, and really are quiet and smooth on the road. .
The LBS says they are what they put on the local Police Bikes and rarely see flats.
Doug
http://media.rei.com/media/211385.jpg

Turn your mountain bike into a city cruiser with the Drifter tire.
Integrated armor casing delivers first-rate puncture resistance
Super hard 69-durometer rubber compound for enhanced tire wear
Inverted tread design reduces rolling resistance for more speed
I asked how long they last and he said very long.
Doug

Ps I paid 24.00 a tire plus instal I found them on sale here if you would like a couple.

http://www.rei.com/gear/feature/sear...bicycle%20tire

Tom Stormcrowe 08-23-08 08:29 PM

ANother ggood tire for your purpose here would be the Geax Evolution. I used them on my old mountain bike as a touring tire and they are TOUGH!

http://www.where2pedalto.com/journal..._evolution.gif

Kevlar cored and very flat resistant, and they do well on hardpack, chipseal, Asphalt, grass and other surfaces. The do stink on mud, though. Not bad for a tire under $20.00 US!

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...e.aspx?sc=FRGL


Bill Kapaun 08-23-08 11:04 PM

Try pumping them up to MAX +5 PSI.

I was running 5 PSI under and that 10 PSI change made a noticeable difference.


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