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    Rugged Tires for my Speed Uno

    Hi all! I have been enjoying my Speed Uno over here in Kuwait, but I have hit a snag.

    While riding today, my front tire hit a small ledge (was riding over some raised concrete approximately 1/2" off the ground) and it popped. So my question to you guys is, what kind of tires should I get to help prevent such things from happening again.

    My requirements are:

    • Needs to be able to handle going over bumps and ledges like the afformentioned 1/2"
    • Would like a tire that handles better in thicker sand/gravel
    • If possible, I would like to get a hold on some hub dynamo equipped rims


    Thank again everyone!

    EDIT: Also, I forgot to mention this. My rear tire has a aluminum bracket for what I assume is a rear derailleur. Problem is, when I use the coaster brakes, the bracket turns and lodges itself inbetween the bike frame and tire. For now I have been light on the brakes, as the bracket is not in the way of the tire, but is it possible to remove that bracket without hindering the setup of the rear hub?
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    Tires, Something like a Schawlbe Marathon or an Big Apple should do the trick.

    They are tough, resist punctures and in the case of the Big Apples give a little cushion or "suspension".

    If by Dynamo equipped you mean to run a bottle dynamo on the sidewall, then the Marathon for sure has a dynamo strip, don't remember about the Big Apple.


    Edit: Nevermind. I see you say Hub dynamo. That is of course unrelated to the tires. Dahons have narrow front hubs (74mm) so you will need the appropriate hub dynamo, like the Joule for example http://www.thorusa.com/accessories/biologic.htm (scroll down some)
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    Quote Originally Posted by nsgould View Post
    ... I would like to get a hold on some hub dynamo equipped rims ... My rear tire has a aluminum bracket for what I assume is a rear derailleur. Problem is, when I use the coaster brakes, the bracket turns and lodges itself inbetween the bike frame and tire. For now I have been light on the brakes, as the bracket is not in the way of the tire, but is it possible to remove that bracket without hindering the setup of the rear hub?
    See the previously-mentioned Joule wheel at www.thorusa.com. The Joule wheel has a double-wall rim. I'm pretty sure your Speed Uno front wheel has a single-wall rim. The double-wall rim is stronger.

    Regarding your rear wheel question, I think the aluminum bracket is the coaster brake arm. It should be secured to a fitting on the left chainstay (the horizontal piece of the frame that connects the rear wheel to the pedals).

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    Check out the Black Jack by Schwable at the bottom of the page. Sort of knobby.

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    I have the Schwalbe Black Jack. It's a great tire for gravel and dirt. It rolls fast on pavement thanks to the center knobs being very close together, but has big enough knobs to be suitable for light to moderate mountain biking. Be forewarned that as a knobby mountain bike-ish tire, it has less-than-ideal grip on pavement, and cornering can be a little dicey if the pavement is wet. I am using a Black Jack in front on my commuter bike right now, but I'm taking it easy on the curves.

    Depending on how important sand/gravel capability is, you might be better off with the Schwalbe Marathon. It's no mountain bike tire, but it can handle a bit of sand and gravel without too much difficulty. And it will corner much more predictably on pavement than the Black Jack. It will also roll a bit faster and be more durable. Although most shops only stock the 20x1.5" version, there is a 20x1.75" version (see thorusa.com) ... with about 35% more air volume, it will handle curb edges much better, and ride more smoothly, and do better in sand and gravel.
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