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    The Flying Scot chewa's Avatar
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    Tyre (or Tire) choice for a 20" folder

    Hi,

    I've just ordered new rims for my Dahon Speed 6 as 3 years of commuting in London, being left outside my digs in all weathers and never having been cleaned have resulted in the braking surfaces wearing badly.

    Now that the wee Dahon (I have become very fond of the bike) is safely ensconsed in my garage up here in Scotland I've decided on some TLC. I will rebuild the wheels with new rims/spokes but was thinking of changing the tyres (one of which is the original supplied, the other some no name brand nicked from my unicycle when the original rear wore through)

    Any suggestions? Basically I want to avoid anything too balloon like, preferably as narrow or fast running as possible.

    Cheers

    John
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

    1985 Custom built 531c Audax/fast tourer.
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    I like the 1.5 schwalbe marathons on my daughters bike. Not too fat, not too thin. puncture resistant and VERY smooth.

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    If you want fast tires, Kojak is a good choice.

    Look also at Schwalbe comparison table. It gives relative speed, grip, etc.

    http://www.schwalbetires.com/bike_tires/recumbent

    Thor's page (US) may also give you ideas

    http://www.thorusa.com/accessories/tires.htm
    Happier than a camel on wednesday.

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    Hi,

    These are good if you want skinny and fast and good value :

    http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/schwalbe-...%29-prod31687/

    I like fat tyres on folders for the suspension and good rolling :

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=94658


    rgds, sreten.
    Last edited by sreten; 06-14-13 at 07:47 PM.

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    Thanks guys.

    I'll look into these choices.

    I'm tempted by the Duranos (price and narrow), but they may be a bit too narrow - wonder if they give a very harsh ride?

    The current tyres are 1.75 inches, which roll ok but I feel something less than 1.5 inch would be better.

    I built the back wheel today - now a lovely strong back wheel with Kinetic 20" rim (black) from Evans. Looks really cool.

    If I get the chance I'll build the front tomorrow. Then new tyres and the Dahon will be sparkly clean!
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

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    1980s Holdsworth Mistral fixed
    2005 Dahon Speed 6 (folder)
    (YES I LIKE STEEL)
    2008 Viking Saratoga tandem
    2008 Micmo Sirocco Hybrid (aluminium!)
    2012 BTwin Rockrider 8.1

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    1.75" is on the wide side. With 1.5", I had good results with Maraton Racer. Fast, reasonably durable and has grip even on sand and pebbles (compared to to the Kojack I used before).
    Happier than a camel on wednesday.

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