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Old 04-19-17, 04:04 PM   #26
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a 26" wheeled hardtail mtb with smooth tires (good variety of them on the market) makes a fine commuter- personally have two for that very purpose. As a bonus the tires pop off easily for fixing flats.

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+2, if i may - exactly what i use for commuting in weather.
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Old 04-20-17, 08:24 AM   #27
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An odd opinion for a self-professed MTB addict. 27.5 is here to stay. Already I find it harder to shop for 29er mtb tires than 27.5
Sorry man...I haven't ridden a mtb in 5 years...when I created my screen name, I was addicted to mtb...trail ride every weekend...then got bored of riding the same trails.

Anyone know how I can change the screen name?
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Old 04-20-17, 08:42 AM   #28
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I doubt screen name can be made different than username, maybe your only option would be to start a new account?

It's funny, you're the opposite of my wife, she likes riding trail instead of road, because road you just always go in a straight line on smooth terrain, but on mtb you're constantly negotiating every curve, rock, and rut in the trail.
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A 26" wheeled hardtail MTB with smooth tires (good variety of them on the market) makes a fine commuter- personally have two for that very purpose. As a bonus the tires pop off easily for fixing flats.
I don't see 26" tires being any easier getting tires on and off than any other wheel size. As with everything, it depends, mostly on the tire, and less so on the wheelset. I have 4 sets of 26" tires at home, and exactly one of them will mount up by hand with no tools (Bontrager H2 26x1.5). The other 3 sets (26x2.1 knobby, 26x2.0 Bontrager H5, 26x2.15 Big Apples) all require tire levers and are quite difficult getting on and off.
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My Dad, in Dallas, is loving his 5 speed Breezer. He used to ride a Bianchi Milano (26 in).
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I don't see 26" tires being any easier getting tires on and off than any other wheel size. As with everything, it depends, mostly on the tire, and less so on the wheelset. I have 4 sets of 26" tires at home, and exactly one of them will mount up by hand with no tools (Bontrager H2 26x1.5). The other 3 sets (26x2.1 knobby, 26x2.0 Bontrager H5, 26x2.15 Big Apples) all require tire levers and are quite difficult getting on and off.
Your post got me thinking. Have gone through three sets of 26" tires on my commuter: the stock Bontrager's that came with the bike when new, and two sets of Kenda Kross semi smooths. All of these were and are easy to take on and off- much more so than the various road bike tires I wrestle with on a fairly regular basis.

Now my winter ride is set up with 26" Suomi studded units. These things were really tough to get on. Since they have been on for four years now with no flats- I plain forgot about the ordeal. Bad memory. Scraped skin from the studs and all.
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Need deraillers in SE Texas?? pffft Most of the quirky /girly brands have some 650b wheels.
I just bought a 23" 1973 CCM SA 3spd with 590 steel rims and 44.5 " WB. After the rehab and in between snows, I have done 370 miles including 30 miles out on the highway. It goes as fast and far as I feel like and is a fabulous ride. Middle gear at 70.5 GI is still not wizzed out at 22 mph. The tires are a minimum of 35 years old.
But anyway just like you said 590 is obsolete, I am throwing hundreds at it for new SA drum hubs and 650B wheel parts. The medium width commuter/ tour size stuff is limited, but available. Dyad rims and 38/40 mm SMP tires and Schwalbe tubes shipped from 3 countries. I am just promoting the finished ride, not the expensive methods.
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My wife rides a breezer. Hers has igh not derailer but they do have derailer versions.
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Workcycles Gr8 is 26" and works quite well for a variety of people sizes. We have a couple for guests and everyone who rides one comments on how much they love them (and several have gone on to order one). May be beyond your budget but they last forever even when left out in awful weather for decades.
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Workcycles Gr8 is 26" and works quite well for a variety of people sizes...
The Workcycles reminds me of the Paper Bicycle... what a fantastic bike.
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Which means a lot of used MTBs show up on Craigslist, if that is what one desires.
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Old 05-09-17, 09:33 AM   #37
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An odd opinion for a self-professed MTB addict. 27.5 is here to stay. Already I find it harder to shop for 29er mtb tires than 27.5
I just recently heard about "27 five" size.

So I did some research...and 650B is very interesting...does indeed seem to be the way of the future.

Wow...26" is obsolete.

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Well I wouldn't say 26" is obsolete, I'd say it is becoming a kids' size. I mean, you can still buy tires for your vintage 27" steel wheels, 26" is here to stay.

Some people are also saying 29" has also already been made obsolete by 27.5. That's overblown. 27.5 may well become the most popular wheel/tire size for mountain bikes, but 29" has established itself sufficiently to stick around for the long haul. Nino Schurter took Gold in Rio on a 29er, and he's only 173cm (5'8").

Another factor is that nowadays with mountain bikes all having disc brakes instead of rim brakes, wheel size is less critical. With disc brakes, you can put any wheel on any bike. It's common to have the same frame hold 29er wheels with normal (700x2.1") tires, or 650x3" 'plus' tires. Overall tire radius is about the same.
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You can still buy rims and tires for "27 inch" (ETRTO 630) and it's been nearly thirty years since anyone sold a bike with them. So you don't need to worry about 26er stuff becoming unavailable, even if it doesn't come on new bikes. The premium tires, however, will disappear soon.
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