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Old 01-22-09, 03:50 PM   #26
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I have settled on 1 3/8" Holy Rollers (Maxxis) with a Slime Liner in the back, and 1 3/8" Intense on the front, both used in BMX racing. I am very pleased with those for all-round performance... the Holy Rollers have an inverted blocky tread which both rolls well on-road and grips off-road. The Intense has very small blocks/bumps and softish sticky rubber (according to the LBS), used for racing on packed sand/clay where the small pattern gives better grip on those surfaces without getting clogged. Anyway those roll better than Kojaks on my Birdy. I have been thinking maybe I'll get a set of 451 Primo Comets for the road but it seems hardly necessary, in view of the excellent results on the Reach of those BMX tyres. Plus they really are dirt cheap.
Nice choices! The Trekking comes with a generic Kenda 451 1 3/8" all purpose tire which really works surprisingly well.. got some Primos in 1 1/8" and 1 3/8" hanging on the wall .. I'll probably wait until I get a second set of rims .. Stelvios are on my Reach Road.. they've been excellent..
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Old 01-22-09, 05:13 PM   #27
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Old 01-22-09, 06:19 PM   #28
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Great photo documentary on your recent tour in K.I.! Congratulations on another successful bike tour!

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BTW jur, first time I saw your avatar I was quite intrigued as to why the pencil sketch icon had an insect (which looked to me like a fly) on a person's face. It all made sense when I was reading your KI trip.

I should've known the was an Australian connotation to it!

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BTW jur, first time I saw your avatar I was quite intrigued as to why the pencil sketch icon had an insect (which looked to me like a fly) on a person's face. It all made sense when I was reading your KI trip.

I should've known the was an Australian connotation to it!

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jur, do you think a different tire tread would have allowed the 20" wheels to handle the soft road surface as well as the 451 wheels did? Something like the Primo V-Track II 20 x 1.75" (406) Knobby Tread 40-65psi.
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From experience, wheel size has the dominant impact. Remember the Birdy has ERTRO 355mm wheels so there are no knobblies available for it. A wider tyre which allows softer pressure also helps a lot. But I suffered similar problems on the Mini with 50mm Big Apples, although they were far less skittish due to width and lower pressure. But they also sank into softer surfaces.

The Birdy needs some really fat ones for off-roading, but softer stuff demands bigger diameter. I have been toying with the idea of a frankenBirdy with 406 wheels on there.
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When I was shopping for tires recently, I saw some cheapo 355 quasi-knobbies.

http://www.amazon.com/Tires-Bell-Che.../dp/B001HC0VVS

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000AO9P7U/...0&linkCode=asn

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Awesome.
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When I was shopping for tires recently, I saw some cheapo 355 quasi-knobbies.

http://www.amazon.com/Tires-Bell-Che.../dp/B001HC0VVS

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000AO9P7U/...0&linkCode=asn
Wow. Wonders never cease. I'll see if I can buy from them.
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Wow. Wonders never cease. I'll see if I can buy from them.
Should look good on your Birdy... white's the new pink ..
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The black one is claimed as over 2". Nice.
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I think I've seen a pic of a Birdy with 406 Tyrell wheels and Paul motolite brakes somewhere... I'll try to dig it up if I can.
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Wow. Wonders never cease. I'll see if I can buy from them.
If they refuse to ship overseas and you can't find them in the land of the zillion flies, let me know the relevant details by PM, and I can place an order and mail them to you.
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Can't stop noticing that you fellows insist on driving and riding on the wrong side of the road !
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