I'd have to disagree to a point with this generalization. I got a lot of really good stuff on the cheap or for free so that way of thinking just didn't apply. If someone gave you a Moulton, do you refrain from buying replacement tires because you paid nothing for it?
I'm pretty much talking about perceived value and quality of the item overall. If someone gave me a moulton hell ya I would soup that thing up. But this is a roll and fold which is something i've seen go for around $70 and under usually in my local craigslist unless the seller was clueless trying to sell it for higher (I've seen someone post for like $250 which just sits there and no one is dumb enough to take). The handlebar is welded on and the entire system looks very flexy which any upgrade on a weak base seems like money should be spent elsewhere if they are already looking at something better.
If someone gave you a Moulton, do you refrain from buying replacement tires because you paid nothing for it?
If the bike is a keeper...
Totaly agree, generalizations can be dangerous! However, this is a far cry from a Moulton!!! For me, the bike is a keeper only from a novelty standpoint. It would be interesting to see how many are using a bike with 14" tires on a daily basis, at least here in the states. I have found it to be a fun bike, but probably not the best choice for regular usage. But it sure seems to be a good conversation piece!!! Love all the ideas and response!
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In fact I'd agree with sreten's advice (no, hell didn't freeze over) and modify
the existing tires. Except that instead of sanding I have used a safety blade
to cut the knobbys off of an MTB tire to make it more road-worthy.
It depends how you want approach the problem.
Upside spinning the back wheel my tool would be a surform :
To get near and and sanding to get what is left a flat as possible.
(Or a smooth profile with more tread left to the edges as suggested).
A nice knife or that safety blade appears a harder work to me.
There is a lot of not too deep material to remove. A flat
centre section will roll miles better, especially at that size.
An alternative approach might be to "Shoe Goo" the centre
of the tyre but I've no real of cost and what the stuff is like.
If the bike is a keeper and is worth good tires, then get them.
Agreed. A good set of tires will improve ride quality,handling,and braking ability. They will also have improved puncture protection and could also have reflective sidewalls. In other words,they improve safety and comfort. How much is that worth to you?
As for removing the knobs/tread from the stock tire,I would advise against it. Those tires don't have any puncture protection to begin with;removing the tread is just going to make it that much easier for something to flat it. Plus,unless you're really careful about how you do it,the tire might not be round anymore. If you take off more tread in one spot than another,you're going to have an off-kilter tire that might not roll right.
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I've Shoe Goo'd enough shoes that I can't imagine it lasting for very long on a tire. Not to mention it's going to pick up debris.
I'll back that statement up that shoe goo doesn't last that long on your shoe and it actually starts to peel in a short time (this is from personal experience). with tires that'll probably just not stick well and will probably just fall apart after a few km's or riding due to the tire flexing. Also shoe goo is RUNNY, so when you goop that stuff on your tire it'll start pooling everywhere around the tire but where you want it to be. It's going to be quite a mess and not worth it! when i did it to the heel of my shoe once I had to use tape to stop it from flowing off the shoe when it's drying. not really worth the hassle and never did that again.
And also with cheap tires once the knobs are removed, you basically took off 80% of the tread life on that tire. Even though with the knobs removed, they will feel nothing like a kojak or any other smooth schwalbe tire for riding durability.
Shaving down a tire may be, but dumping upgrade money into a cheap bike is not...
There's another thread, maybe the mini-velo upgrade thread?, where someone modded an Origin8 Bully. The bike was not expensive at all to begin with, the modifications done to it probably cost more than the entire new bike, and it turned out really well.
If it will appeal to you more, dump whatever you want into your current ride...