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    Will this Tire be a good commuting tire, will it fit? Will I need a new tube?

    I have a mountain bike that was my brothers and so I get a certain sense of joy riding it over one that I just bought at a store, I am considering purchasing some commuter tires as the "knobby" asI believe they are called are slowign me down, its takign me roughly an hour to get 7 miles with minimal stoplights all paved road. I hear about people getting speeds of 13 MPH, I can do that on the bike machine in the gym but not happening on my straight and narrow trail area that is wide open and free from cars.

    So my tires now State 26 x 2.1

    These tires on amazon seem to be a good tire to go with and they have a good deal of feedback, im open to other suggestions as well
    http://www.amazon.com/Kenda-Bicycle-...pr_product_top

    Also if this tire would fit, do I need to get a new tube as well?

    Thanks in advance, and if it helps at all im in the 350 lb range. Riding 7 miles back and forth to work 98% pavement.

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    Looks like a bargin price. You need to carry a spare tube in case of a flat.
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    Well Ill buy a new tube but do I need to get 2 new tubes just for this tire to work? or is the 26 the only number that matters?

    Any suggestions on other tires?

    Thanks for the quick response!

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    The tubes you now have will be fine in the new tires.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
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    And actually, don't go by the 26" designation. There are several 26" tire sizes on the market that happen to be different diameters. To be safe, always go by the ETRTO number which will be 559 for the tire that you will need. As 10 Wheels stated, the tubes you have should be fine unless they are really old. I always keep a couple of spare tubes around so that if I need one (due to a flat) I don't need to worry about getting to the bike shop right away. If you are new to commuting, get familiar with fixing a flat. Always easier to get competent and confident in the comfort of your own home than trying to figure it out on the shoulder of some busy stretch of road. Always carry a tube, a pump, a patch kit and tire irons ..... a multi-tool is also a useful thing to carry with you.

    As for the tire, hard to go too wrong for ten bucks.

    As a former and possibly returning employee of Schwalbe, I could recommend a variety of models made by Schwalbe, but you won't find any for $10. As you gain experience, you'll become educated as to what characteristics mean the most to you with regard to bike tires. Then you can start honing in on a tire that works best.
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    Thanks Kojack, I actually already had that experience got my first flat riding home Monday night, took it to my local bike co-op they trained me how to fix it and I got a patch kit, and I plan to buy a tube once I figure out the tires Im getting. Im really likeing these tires but I am open to suggestiosn on somethign better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoUSF View Post
    Thanks Kojack, I actually already had that experience got my first flat riding home Monday night, took it to my local bike co-op they trained me how to fix it and I got a patch kit, and I plan to buy a tube once I figure out the tires Im getting. Im really likeing these tires but I am open to suggestiosn on somethign better!
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    [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)
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    Better is a relative term. Really depends on one's riding style, the roads they ride on and how well the roads are maintained. Most top line manufacturers make tire models that fit just about any type of bike and rider out there. If you're just starting out, you can't possibly know what makes a really great tire for you. At this stage I would assume that you mostly want reliable. Nothing is more discouraging to a new commuter than constantly fixing flats. If I were in your shoes, I'd try these. Worst outcome is, you don't like them and you're out $22.00. Best outcome, they work awesome for you, and you only spent $22.00.
    The likely outcome is, they'll be very acceptable tires but when it's time to replace them you'll think, yeah they're fine, but I wish they were more/less ___________. (fill in the blank). At that point you start asking questions and doing research. Over time you'll fine "your" tire.
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    As far as tread goes, those should be preferable to your knobbies on pavement. They should fit as well.

    I can't find any information of them regarding puncture resistance, so I assume they don't have anything worth mentioning (your current tires probably don't either). Many more expensive tires have substantial puncture resistance, making them much more reliable for commuting. You can get around that by buying and installing Mr. Tuffy tire liners, but they add about $20-$30, which is getting into "might as well buy good tires in the first place" territory.

    Those should work, and will be an improvement, but I recommend seriously considering spending the extra money up front and getting good tires with built-in puncture protection. Continental, Schwalbe, Vittoria, and even Kenda all have 26" road tires with puncture protection at various prices.

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