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Old 04-19-07, 05:43 PM   #1
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Here is what I did (hope its gonna work)

I just installed 26"X 1.00" tires on my commuter which is a Specialized hybrid. I had 1.5" on it and wanted less resistance and since it wouldn't take 700cc tires I put these on. Seems to ride pretty good and there is definitely less resistance so far as I could tell in a roll around the block. Tomorrow will be the test as to whether its going to help me on my commute but this new tires are inflated to 115 psi as opposed to the 80 psi on the other ones. My bike has fork shocks and seat post shock so I don't think its gonna be too bad ( I hope) will chime in tomorrow and let you know the results.
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Are you going for more speed? If so I would get rid of the fork shocks and seat posts shock. They still too much energy from your legs. Which in turn just slows you down.

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I agree - dumping the excess weight off the bike will improve your acceleration. Going with skinnier tires will help too, just not quite as much, assuming you are going for top speed.
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I think the next step is to get rid of the forks like you said, I'll see what tomorrow brings, should be fun
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did the commute this morning on my new tires and I couldn't be happier. I got less resistance and more ease in rolling and still have the fork shock and seat shock doing what they do best. I was gonna change the fork but I'm really pleased with it as is so I guess its a winner at least for me.
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I would drop the pressure to 95. 115 might cause a bit of stress on the such a wide rim. I had two sets of Mavic rims get little hairline cracks around the eyelets and my mechanic said it was from too high of pressure which most 26" rims aren't designed to withstand, even if the tire is designed for it. At least check to see if the rim manufacturer has any info on their website. Just my $.02, and 95ps is plenty hard for a 1" tire.
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Good piece of advice, I'll give it a shot and see what the results. My bike shop guy told me if they wouldn't hold air I could go to a 1.25" diameter tire which might be better but they held just fine. I have a whole summer of commuting ahead of me so this may play out different as the tires get some wear on them.
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