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  1. #1
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    What are my options?

    Back in March when I got back on the bike it was tough to do 7 laps around the local schools track around the football field. Currently I am up to 18 miles as I get in better shape and lose some weight. Even though my engine is getting better I keep reading different posts about how much farther and faster people are going on new road or performance hybrids as compared to their comfort hybrids. My current ride is a Fisher Zembrano and a new bike at this time is not possible. The biggest mod that I keep hearing to lower some weight and give a boost in speed is to go with a more narrow tires. The Zembrano came with 700x35c Bontrager Invert Hardcase tires and I am wondering if a 32 or 28 would make that much of a difference if they would even fit the wheels. Should I even bother with trying to make changes to the bike and just keep working on the engine until I can move up to a better machine. Don't get me wrong I am enjoying the bike I have but I keep hearing things like "If you can do 20 miles on a comfort hybrid you can do 30 or more on a road or performance hybrid. " Any other suggestions?

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    For The Fun of It
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    Specialized Tarmac Expert, Giant XTC, Home built commuter on a Schwinn Supersport GS frame
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    Bontrager hardcase tires are good ones...very good ones, but some of them have high rolling resistance. The Race Lite series rolls very well. They are spendy though at $44 apiece. I run some variety of puncture protection in all my bikes. Find a 700x28 road oriented puncture resistant tire for a good price and spoon them on. You WILL see an appreciable difference. Your LBS may have a suitable option for or offer a discount on Race Lites. If not, many online retailers offer free shipping and have great prices.

    Not free shipping, but a great price on a top quality tire from a good vendor.

    http://www.outsideoutfitters.com/ps-...00c-tires.aspx
    Last edited by Paul Barnard; 06-22-12 at 09:20 AM.

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