Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Member soloexceptional's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Lake stevens WA
    My Bikes
    2013 Motobecane Elite Adventure 23" Frame
    Posts
    33
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Tire help Please

    I need some help from the bike forum.

    I am 57 years old and want to get back to doing some bike riding and have questions on my tires.
    I am 64 and weigh 375 pounds and would like to know what type and size tires and tubes I would need for my bike. My
    Bike has 29in rims and the tires I have right now kind of work but I think I am stressing those babies out. I would like to ride 5 or 6 miles without the worries of a getting a flat or damaging my rims. I would mostly be riding on blacktop because there is a 20 mile bike and joggers trail right next to where I live.
    Thanks for the help

    Bike Ifo

    Frame: Hand crafted Aluminum

    Fork: Alloy Crown 29er
    Headset: 1-1/8 Black
    Stem: Forged alloy 31.8 clamp Black

    Handlebar: MTB Riser-31.8 Black
    Brakes: Mechanical Disk Front, Linear Pull Rear
    Brake Levers: Alloy
    Shifters: Shimano ST-EF40 21 speed with indicators
    Front Derailleur: Shimano
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano TX-30
    Cassette: Shimano 13-32 Freewheel
    Chain: KMC
    Cranks: 26, 38, 48 Steel
    Bottom Bracket: Square Taper Ball and Cone
    Pedals: Platform Resin
    Wheels: Custom Alloy Deep V Rim Disc Rims in White with Stainless Steel Spokes (36 holes)
    Tires: MTB- 29 x 2.1
    Saddle: Genesis Custom
    Seat Post: Alloy Black
    Frame: Hand crafted Aluminum
    Fork: Alloy Crown 29er
    Headset: 1-1/8 Black
    Stem: Forged alloy 31.8 clamp Black
    Handlebar: MTB Riser-31.8 Black
    Brakes: Mechanical Disk Front, Linear Pull Rear
    Brake Levers: Alloy
    Shifters: Shimano ST-EF40 21 speed with indicators
    Front Derailleur: Shimano
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano TX-30
    Cassette: Shimano 13-32 Freewheel
    Chain: KMC
    Cranks: 26, 38, 48 Steel
    Bottom Bracket: Square Taper Ball and Cone
    Pedals: Platform Resin
    Wheels: Custom Alloy Deep V Rim Disc Rims in White with Stainless Steel Spokes (36 holes)
    Tires: MTB- 29 x 2.1
    Saddle: Genesis Custom
    Seat Post: Alloy Black

  2. #2
    Galveston County Texas 10 Wheels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    In The Wind
    Posts
    25,378
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Flats and wind are part of riding.

    Get some good slick tires and carry a spare tube or two (I carry 3 and a spare tire) with a mini pump and or CO2.

    https://www.serfas.com/products/view...TwentyNineinch

    http://www.everybicycletire.com/Shop...aspx?pagenum=1
    Last edited by 10 Wheels; 09-12-12 at 05:35 PM.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

  3. #3
    Galveston County Texas 10 Wheels's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    In The Wind
    Posts
    25,378
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    My Bikes
    '74 Schwinn Le Tour (x2), '83 Bianchi, '96 Trek 820, '96 Trek 470, '99 Xmart Squishy Bike, '03 Giant Cypress
    Posts
    489
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Most wheels will give out before a quality tire/tube combo will.

    The number one thing to pay attention to is keeping your tires inflated properly. At your weight, I'd stick to the maximum psi printed on the side of the tire. Check it every time you ride.

    As mentioned above me: keep a spare tube and pump with you on rides that are longer than you care to walk.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    1,486
    Mentioned
    6 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The current 29 x 2.1 (700C x 2.1 inch) have enough volume to do the job, but only if kept properly inflated to the max pressure on the sidewall. However if you are not riding off road, then they are not terribly efficient so should move to some smoothies as others have recommended. From my own experience, I would recommend some Schwalbe marathon Plus tires as I have found them to be nice rollers and essentially un-flatable and unbreakable. I don't know if they come in the exact 2.1 inch, but a 2 inch will do the job. On a second issue, even with the right tires and pressure, you might have rear wheel reliability issues. Recommend an annual true-check and re-tension by a good wheel builder. Even then, if the wheel is problematic, recommend increasing to a good 48-spoke wheel with the above mentioned tires. You can have such a wheel built or you can keep an eye on ebay for end of season Tandem wheels. Just match up your axle length and they will fit fine. I have found new tandem 48-spoke rear wheels on sale for $125, which is less than half retail. I even run them on my single hybrid bike and always know that I am not going to need to walk home, no way! I am going to be rolling home. You might be concerned about the heavier wheel slowing you down, but the added work there will be less that the advantage gained from moving away from the MTB knobbies, so the net is an easier ride (and a lot less walking).

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    847
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm the same weight as you and I'm riding Vittoria Randonneur Hypers in 32mm and love them. They are smooth rolling and corner very well. My only complaint is that I should have bought the 38mm version, which is what I would recommend to you. The 32's are completely adequate, I just want to go a little fatter in the tires.

    They are high threads-per-inch (120 TPI) for a hybrid tire and have "triple protection" for flats. I've ridden them several hundred miles in a neighborhood under constant construction (new homes and re-roofing storm damaged homes) and I've never had a flat. My car has had three in the same time frame and I drive it far fewer miles within the neighborhood. These are tires that are designed to be ridden hundreds of miles in comfort with little chance of flats.
    Last edited by corwin1968; 09-13-12 at 10:29 AM.
    Currently riding a 2013 Handsome Devil custom build and an early 90's Specialized Rockhopper Single-Speed.

  7. #7
    Member soloexceptional's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Lake stevens WA
    My Bikes
    2013 Motobecane Elite Adventure 23" Frame
    Posts
    33
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Wow, great information and thanks for the quick reply's.

    there is a bike shop just down the road and he builds custom wheels. there are a lot of bike races in the Lake Stevens all year long. so that's nice having a shop within walking distance of my house.
    Last edited by soloexceptional; 09-13-12 at 10:56 AM.

  8. #8
    Senior Member clarkbre's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Everett, WA
    My Bikes
    1995 Giant Innova, 2012 Surly Pacer
    Posts
    286
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Lake Stevens, huh? I'm only a few miles away in Silver Lake and ride the Centennial often. We should meet up for a ride sometime.

    Like others have stated above. Switch to more of a slick tire than an MTB and you will notice a difference. I have 35's on my hybrid. It's a good compromise between comfort and low rolling resistance. There's also a good shop in Snohomish on 1st by all the antique shops.

    Le me know if you want to meet for a ride.
    1995 Giant Innova
    2012 Surly Pacer

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •