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Old 04-22-11, 09:35 PM   #1
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Do tires come in sets of 2?

I want to buy new tires (after Sports Authority gives me the correct ones, so that I can then sell them). The tires I want to buy are these ones. Do they come in pairs or do I have to buy two of them? Also, I'm not sure if they are wide enough for my rims to support them. My current tire is 700c, 35mm.

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No. Tires do not come in a set of two. If you want two, you have to buy two.
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No. Tires do not come in a set of two. If you want two, you have to buy two.
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Do these tires seem alright? Do you (the forum) think that they will wear well? How many miles should they last? I couldn't seem to find that information on the website.
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No. Tires do not come in a set of two. If you want two, you have to buy two.
Actually they can and do come in two's depending on where you buy them. I've also seen "sets" in Performce Bike Shops.

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Going from a 35mm to a 23mm is quite a stretch & 23mm tires on that bike will make for a horribly rough ride. For the bike you have I would go down to perhaps a 28mm at most or 32mm (32mm being preferable) & remember you will have to buy new tubes to accommodate the smaller size.
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I think there'd be no harm in giving them a try provided you stick to smooth roads.

They are verging on being just a bit too narrow for the rim according to what people say, which might give you snakebite flats if you ride where it's rough, have no suspension, are a heavier rider, or don't unweight the seat when you go over a bump. Make sure you keep them pumped up to full pressure.

The ride isn't that bad, I think. A narrow tire compresses easier. Also, if you ride over big bumps without taking the weight off the saddle, you'll just compress them so far that the rim will pinch a hole in the innertube when it bottoms out on the pavement.

They may not give much benefit over a 28mm wide tire at the speeds which hybrids are used at, because you can only get low and aero on one until you get tired of crouching with bent elbows. You may not be able to go fast enough for air resistance's sake to feel much benefit from them.

You do need a new tube. Even if you get the old ones in there, having all that extra rubber in there will add rolling resistance and take away part of the reason for getting such skinny tires.

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Just to confuse things further, I generally buy tires in threes. Since the rear tire wears at roughly twice the rate of the front, a set of three just makes sense to me.
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If you ride on mainly smooth pavement you may experience a slight benefit. However, if you have a suspension and if the pavement is rough enough that the suspension moves, you won't roll any easier than if you had wider tires. I am talking about the regular surface, not cracks, bumps or potholes. You will simply lose in the fork and suspension seatpost, what rolling resistance benefit you gained in the tire.

It may actually be worse-if you have some rather rough, old asphalt and it makes the front fork move up and down a fraction of an inch as it rolls, it may be worse than letting a wider, softer tire take up the roughness.
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