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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 09-12-12, 05:19 PM   #1
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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.
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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
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Old 09-12-12, 05:26 PM   #2
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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
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Old 09-12-12, 05:46 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 09-13-12, 09:19 AM   #5
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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).
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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.

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Old 09-13-12, 10:49 AM   #7
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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.

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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.
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