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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 04-23-09, 10:27 AM   #1
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Got new Tires and I'm impressed.

I got some new tires for my MTB yesterday. Since I am not hitting the trails and mainly sticking to the road. The guys at my LBS suggested I change my tires to give me better performance.

What they hooked me up with was Kenda tires and tubes.

I must say I was really impressed. This morning in an area where on my Mountain Tires I can only get about 6 mph I was easily doing 10.

Now, I know The added resistance of the Mountain tires will burn more calories or am I wrong in saying this. But the better performance of having these tires I think will help me ride better in the future. I feel I won't burn out at much.

Am I wrong in thinking this or what. I really like these tires on there. I really don't plan on hitting any trails anytime soon believe me. I thing the road is where I need to be to loose the bodyfat I want to loose.
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Kenda is a brand of tire like Goodyear or Cooper, what model did you get for those who may be considering switching over? It would be great to see a bit of a ride report, if you do make sure you include the tire width (before and after) and your impression on cornering and braking. The last two seem to be of particular interest to people thinking about switching over when they post questions about it.

Switching from fat knobs to skinny slicks makes a huge difference in rolling resistance and thus the amount of energy required to maintain a speed. You are right that it will reduce the caloric burn but the amount won't be all that much, what you will gain is extended amount of time spent on the bike. Don't underestimate the mental side of it, if you got the idea pounded in your brain that slicks will make you go faster you're more likely to push it a little harder. But that's a good thing too.

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I'll keep all that in mind and I will post the specs up here tonight when I get home.

Yeah, I tell myself that the better performance will keep me in the saddle a little longer. I'm not so much worried about speed as I am the amount of time I can stay in the saddle and not have my legs burn out, going uphill which is honestly over 50% of the time where I live. I will post pictures of some of the major hills I have to tackle where I live. The only thing about these hills is they are challenging me and I don't want to wuss out riding them. LOL.
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Yeah what tyres did you switch from? and to? From the sounds of it with the 4mph increase it would suggest a thinner slicker roadie sort of tyre. Glad you much happier with the new tyres whatever they are.

I use my mtb on the road and can understand well the resistance from them. I have knobblies on. Is it a better workout though, depends on what way you look at it. Its sort of a psychological thing. with slicks you can go faster to do the same amount of work.
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Oh yeah. I will post up another pic of the bike tonight as well. That is the bike in the avatar when I first bought it last year. but another pic with the new tires I think will be better.
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Yeah what tyres did you switch from? and to? From the sounds of it with the 4mph increase it would suggest a thinner slicker roadie sort of tyre. Glad you much happier with the new tyres whatever they are.

I use my mtb on the road and can understand well the resistance from them. I have knobblies on. Is it a better workout though, depends on what way you look at it. Its sort of a psychological thing. with slicks you can go faster to do the same amount of work.

Most definitely, I do alot of my morning training the first part of the week on my stationary really working on some hill programs I have. The latter part of the week I ride on the road in the evening when it is warmer. 15lbs down as it is from doing mainly the stationary.

The one thing I really had to make myself do was really work the stationary and not get caught up getting lazy on it. Being that I cannot really lift 4 days a week now. I am making damn sure this becomes my primary workout,both in the morning and in the evening.
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A few years ago, I bought three mountain bikes at the local police auction. Of course, they all came with knobby tires. I don't ride off road, and since they made a lot of noise, I figured they weren't doing much good. I got some slicks and inflated them hard, and yes, big difference. My wife isn't a serious cyclist, and she's very light and not very strong, but I decided to get some nice tires for her. I'll never forget what happened. I put them on her bike. Then we drove out to a nice remote area to start our ride. I said, "I'm not sure you'll notice the difference, but let me know."

She rode about 40 feet and said, "I notice the difference!"

Best upgrade for a bike. You really don't need knobs unless you ride in very loose stuff. I think a mountain bike with upgraded tires is a wonderful all-purpose bike. You can do just about anything on it.

I inflate mine to about 80 or 90 psi. I'm about 186 pounds. (I'm a guest here in the Clydesdale section.) I inflate my wife's to about 70. She's only about 125 pounds.
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I just ordered Country Rocks and they will be in for me and my wifes bikes. We are 9 days away from a 40 mile charity ride and we have only been riding since the begening of March MTB bikes with Aggressive off road tires. Longest ride to date at once is 16 miles. I am hoping the tires will make the 40 a little easier.
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I ride the cheapest Kendas there is I think ! There Kenda kouriers about $14.00 a tire and so far the first 500 miles they been great . 700 x 35
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Yeah, I can believe the Kendas are good. You can get some good tires cheap. My slicks were about $15 at my LBS. I got my wife's at Nashbar. Just wait for the sales. I'm sure those super expensive tires are nice, but I can't bring myself to spend the money on them. What do you inflate the Kendas to?
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I hope you dpon't mean the Country Rocks as the super expensive tires!!! $15.99 a piece from the LBS!! I was also looking @ Nashbar Transition tires but the Rocks where only $1 more and I help support the LBS.
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Thank you for that response.

I will look and see what type Kenda tires I have. Outside in my wife's truck at the moment. I am taking it to Mississippi this week-end to ride.

Going there for a family fish fry. LOL.

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A few years ago, I bought three mountain bikes at the local police auction. Of course, they all came with knobby tires. I don't ride off road, and since they made a lot of noise, I figured they weren't doing much good. I got some slicks and inflated them hard, and yes, big difference. My wife isn't a serious cyclist, and she's very light and not very strong, but I decided to get some nice tires for her. I'll never forget what happened. I put them on her bike. Then we drove out to a nice remote area to start our ride. I said, "I'm not sure you'll notice the difference, but let me know."

She rode about 40 feet and said, "I notice the difference!"

Best upgrade for a bike. You really don't need knobs unless you ride in very loose stuff. I think a mountain bike with upgraded tires is a wonderful all-purpose bike. You can do just about anything on it.

I inflate mine to about 80 or 90 psi. I'm about 186 pounds. (I'm a guest here in the Clydesdale section.) I inflate my wife's to about 70. She's only about 125 pounds.
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I pumpem up to 85 lbs thats there max and I
and have ZERO problems ! I buy almost everything from my LBS Al Petri And Sons Lincoln Park Michigan they been there since 1946 .
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I too was very happy when I went from the stock Comfort bike tires, that are somewhere between a road and trail tire, to a set of Primo Comet Kevlar tires. I run them at 90-100 psi, still experimenting. But they are very nice to ride. I have them on a Giant Sedona. These will have to do till I pick up the new road bike. Happy riding.
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If you ride at the same speed, you'll burn less calories per hour with the new tires, but you'll be able to keep at it longer and go a greater distance. If you ride at the same level of exertion, you'll go faster, but burn the same calories per hour and go a greater distance. As long as you go that greater distance, you'll still be burning the calories in either case.
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