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    What tube to buy? (Also mudguards)

    According to the writing on the side of my tire, the size of the tire is
    (52-559) 26x1.95

    What size tube should I buy?
    What size mudguards should I buy?

    Thanks - sorry if the question seems painfully obvious, it's just that the way tires are sized seems confusing

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    This may help explain tire sizing.
    http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html#decimal


    Tube: 26x1.95-2.125 - I'm guessing schrader valve.

    Fenders: Anything that will fit your bike and allow ample clearance for a 26x1.95 tire.
    Something like:
    http://ecom1.planetbike.com/7007.html
    http://ecom1.planetbike.com/7007_3.html
    or ......
    Last edited by RonH; 04-14-09 at 03:26 PM.
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    Thank you for the help!

    However, some mudguards that I am looking at online (SKS Race Blades) have this description
    This profile design is specially made for on road fitness and touring bikes with tyre sizes 23-32mm.

    I don't understand the 23-32mm bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimH View Post
    This profile design is specially made for on road fitness and touring bikes with tyre sizes 23-32mm.

    I don't understand the 23-32mm bit
    The 23-32 is the tire size in millimeters and refers to 700c tires found on road bikes (drop bar and flat bar types), cyclocross, touring bikes, and some mtn bikes. With a 26x1.95 tire I'm guessing your bike is a hybrid or mtn bike.

    Read the SKS description again - specially made for on road fitness and touring bikes.

    I don't think any of the SKS mudguards, which are listed as "performance", meaning racing or made for speed, will fit a 1.95 tire. The tire is too fat and will probably rub the fender.

    Look at the Planet Bike fenders I listed.
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    Thank you RonH, you were very helpful

    Sorry for the idiotic questions - it's not always clear what way tires are sized. The mudguards you linked me to look very good - I will visit my local bike shop tomorrow and see what they have

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