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    Inexpensive tire for old MTB beater bike

    I am trying to find an inexpensive 26in tire for my beater bike, and old schwinn MTB with a rigid fork. I am used to buying good tires for my other bikes, but have a hard time justifying spending much on this bike right now considering its rather poor condition otherwise (and that my wife got it for $25 at a garage sale). That said I already had to buy a new chain, and the tires are next (and scared to think what else later).

    The bike is mostly for around town or city trips so I am not fearful of theft when locked up. Mostly on pavement though occasionally on dirt paths.

    Some flat protection would be nice, but probably not in my price range. I just know there is often glass, etc in some places where I will ride it.

    I know Schwalbe Marathons are great tires, but a pair of them is way more then I want to spend for this bike.

    LBS doesn't sell anything that looked like a good option.

    Any suggestions on the tire and where to get it appreciated.

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    Cheapest I know of is Forte Gotham at Performance. I run Mr. Tuffy in all my tires for protection.

    Forté Gotham ST Road and Mountain Tires, 700 x 32, 700 x 35, 26 x 1.75 - Mountain Bike Tires

    I like Michelin Country Rock better, and they used to be available for $13, but still around $17 sometimes.
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    This is my favorite tread pattern for a multi-use MTB:Cyclepro Swiss Army 26x1.95 Bicycle Tire - Sport Chalet

    Performance and Nashbar used to sell kevlar-belted versions but they've been dropped.

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    I want to say the less you spend on tires, the less you'll want to ride the bike, but my experience with an '89 Rockhopper was that there was hardly anything I could do to make myself want to ride it. I had some Panaracer T-Servs on it that had a decent feel, but the bike was still pretty clearly a beater -- very useful but not as fun as my other bikes. So I can see why staying cheap might make sense, especially if you don't see yourself putting a lot of miles on this bike.

    I have used Michelin Country Rocks, and they are decent for the price. The puncture protection is nothing more than a lot of rubber, but that stops most things. The tread collects small debris, so you've got to pick out chunks of glass periodically. They roll decently and have enough tread for confident riding on packed dirt paths. The profile is very square, so high speed cornering is probably a bad idea. I didn't put enough miles on them to comment on durability.

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    Kenda Kwests in 1.5" are prolly the best economy tires out there. I've had them on like 6 bikes and never had any issues. They're also used on the bikeshare bikes in DC and NYC,so they are dependable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
    I want to say the less you spend on tires, the less you'll want to ride the bike, but my experience with an '89 Rockhopper was that there was hardly anything I could do to make myself want to ride it. I had some Panaracer T-Servs on it that had a decent feel, but the bike was still pretty clearly a beater -- very useful but not as fun as my other bikes. So I can see why staying cheap might make sense, especially if you don't see yourself putting a lot of miles on this bike.

    I have used Michelin Country Rocks, and they are decent for the price. The puncture protection is nothing more than a lot of rubber, but that stops most things. The tread collects small debris, so you've got to pick out chunks of glass periodically. They roll decently and have enough tread for confident riding on packed dirt paths. The profile is very square, so high speed cornering is probably a bad idea. I didn't put enough miles on them to comment on durability.
    Will not put that many miles on this one. Will never commute on it, onlys shorter trips. One challenge I have is I don't WANT to ride this bike, but I need a cheap bike to ride around to dinner, etc. with my wife. She is to nervous about us using nice bikes for this, so she got these two beaters. I don't really like it, but I am trying to see if I can make it tolerable. Tires is on thing that is a must replace based on the condition of them. If I start spending to much it quickly would become more cost effective to buy a new bike then fix this up. That would be my preference in many ways, but my wife doesn't agree with me buying a new bike as a round town beater. Maybe I need to do a cost analysis and find a couple cheap options to make a case.

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    Thanks for the suggestions so far. I see a number of different Kenda Kwest models, not sure which is best. The performance bike option is tempting, especially at the current sale price. I have found the Michelen Country Rocks online for $20, which seems reasonable in general, but ironically still more for 2 tires then we paid for the bike!

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    Here is an el cheapo with free Prime shipping. Reviews seem decent.

    Robot Check



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    Robot Check


    Continental Tour Rides are around $20 each with free shipping and no tax on Amazon, with Prime. Very solid reviews, and this would be a great all rounder size for your bike, and a real quality tire for the money.

    http://www.amazon.com/Continental-To...ywords=26x1.75

    Looks like there are a fair number of decent choices in the $20 or less range on Amazon.


    FYI, I am running 26x2.0 street tires on my old 1998 Specialized Hardrock MTB. Perfect for urban bombing around. I think you can get those Panaracers in a 26x2 for $20 each. I'd be tempted to go that route. Basically an el cheapo pseudo fat tire bike.
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    Kenda Kwests are very cheap and long lasting, perfect tires for an old beater bike. I've used them before and still have them on one of my wheelsets, never had a flat or any other problems with them.

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    I use the Nashbar Slick City Tire on my store bike.

    Over 500 trouble free miles, ten bucks, comfortable, much less effort than MTB tires, ten bucks and reliable.

    Did I mention that they ride well and are inexpensive?

    The order from Nashbar that the mail lady just left (15% off/free shipping) has one in it to hang around as a spare. There's nothing to compare that's locally available.
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    Oh yeah, Performance used too have those also and I had a pair. Pretty much a road tire, even lighter than Country Rocks. Not so good on dirt roads of course but great for all paved riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    Oh yeah, Performance used too have those also and I had a pair. Pretty much a road tire, even lighter than Country Rocks. Not so good on dirt roads of course but great for all paved riding.
    I've been using those tires for years, and they're great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    Cheapest I know of is Forte Gotham at Performance. I run Mr. Tuffy in all my tires for protection.

    Forté Gotham ST Road and Mountain Tires, 700 x 32, 700 x 35, 26 x 1.75 - Mountain Bike Tires

    I like Michelin Country Rock better, and they used to be available for $13, but still around $17 sometimes.
    I went into a performance this weekend because of the sale on everything and decided to get 4 of these Forte Gotham tires to replace the ones on mine and my wifes (figured if I did mine but no hers she wouldn't be happy). They seem a bit heavy, but doing all four tires for $40 (plus tax) seemed better then close to $20/tire. Since these bikes don't go that far typically i figured these would be fine. Will see how they are soon

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    want cheap tire go to walmart
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