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    Newbie Alert: Advice needed please

    Hi, I'm new to the forum (post number one!) and I'm looking for advice.

    I've just started riding again after not being on a bike properly for over 10 years and I've bought a Specialized Hardrock Sport disc. It's fitted with the standard 26x2 wheel/tyre combo.

    I'm finding the knobbly tyres hard work on the road and am looking for a new set of road tyres (and a spare set of wheels) so I can quickly change between road and off-road.

    I'm guessing I'm not the first person to do this and wonder what tips you may have to give me.


    Thanks,

    Andy

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    depending on the terrain you can go as skinny as 1.25 usually. but 1.5's are pretty good. I used to commute on some maxxis detonators and they were pretty sweet.

    If your going to ride pretty serious offroad, id say buy a decently nicer wheelset and use that as your offroad wheelset. and keep whatever you have as beater rims

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    Check out Schwalbe, especially their Super Moto & Marathon series.

    Personally, if you are not too fussed about the fastest possible speed, I'd suggest you go with atleast a 1.8-2.0 tire for the relatively plush ride (eg, Marathon Supremes). They still roll very well on the tarmac.

    I'm putting the Big Apple 29x2.35s on mine

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    The narrower Big Apples, 26x2 are an excellent ride, I dont think there is a need for fatter ones.

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    Cheers guys, I'm motivated by the fact that I rode in to work with a friend the other day but he was on a road bike. He had much less work to do than me on the inclines.

    I know that a mountain bike will never be as good on road as a road bike but I'd like to be able to narrow the gap a little.

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    just got my kids some Maxxis Holy Rollers - still have to mount them, maybe today

    http://www.biketiresdirect.com/pmbhr...26_tire/pp.htm
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Did you have any luck with your plastic gear window for SRAM x4 8speed as i have the same problem Thank's Tommy

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    I have 1.5" Panaracer Paselas on my hybridized MTB. I find them to be a good street tire, but enough width and tread to have some bite if I have to do gravel or dirt.
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    riding on the road? get a road bike. seriously.
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    wow this is a crazy old thread!
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    riding on the road? get a road bike. seriously.
    The funny thing is you were the last to comment on this post back in 09 when it was fresh and new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Feck View Post
    Did you have any luck with your plastic gear window for SRAM x4 8speed as i have the same problem Thank's Tommy
    Wha?

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    re: "The funny thing is you were the last to comment on this post back in 09 when it was fresh and new." LOL, I know I saw that and was like, Doh! I was still subscribed to it!
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Didn't realize this was a zombie thread. That'll teach me to look at dates. Oops.
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