Join Date: Jun 2004
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Originally Posted by grandam88
the crazy number i gave you is what the tire size says. i read the rim it says 559x18. i am looking for a skinny tire close to what a road bike tire would be. i have road style TREAD tires on it now. but i want the speed of the skinnier tires. if you know of any please give me a link. if all else fails ima stick a 650c wheel set on it, do u think that will work?
There are dozens of road tires out there in 26-inch, maybe hundreds, in sizes down to at least 1.0 (I may have seen a 26x7/8 in a catalog once). My commuter is an old Bridgestone mountain bike, and I've ridden it at least 15,000 miles on a range of road rubber. IMO, there's no reason to go skinnier than 1.25, and I use 1.4s these days. 1.0s are just annoying--they ride hard, don't go any faster and you have to run them at high pressures, which I don't like.
Before you swap the wheels, be sure there's enough adjustment in your brakes to fit them. I don't remember exactly the size differential between 26 and 650, but if you have to buy new brakes to make them work, you could easily put $500 into a change that won't make a difference you can feel.