Join Date: May 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA
Bikes: 2005 Soma Doublecross
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I think tread designs on road tires is really just a marketing gimmick. I prefer slicks when I can get them. Check out roadracing motorcycles some time.... no tread at all, and they are doing lean angles and speeds that would make you soil your britches on a bicycle. Those Schwalbes are great tires. Leave them on until you wear them out. I have 700x30 Schwalbe Marathon Slicks on my Fuji Absolute 2.0 and really like them.
Yes, you can likely put 700x32s on the rims you have. The problem might be brake and / or frame clearance, but you'll probably be OK there.
As far as tools, if you are lucky all you need is a pump. I have had tire / rim combinations that I could mount and dismount just using my fingers and thumbs, and I had a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700x28s that I had to use three steel tire irons on every time they went on or off the rims, and they were STILL so hard to do that I would pinch the tube 3/4 times. I finally took them off, because I can't run a tire that I can't fix on the road.
San Francisco, California
Last edited by michaelnel; 04-24-11 at 09:52 AM.