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    What tire size do you prefer?

    I'm looking for some new slicks for my Trek 930. The local shops did not have much in stock right now in 26".

    Do you prefer 26 x 1.95? Or 1.75? Or 1.5?

    I am going to be commuting 3-4 miles to work all downtown Phoenix. So I want them to be quick but comfortable. I'm leaning towards .75 but I simply don't have the experience.

    Any help please? Thanks!

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    When I road a 26" tires for a little I put 1.5" tires and loved them

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    On my commuter bike, I use 26x1.25 tires. They are cheap and work great for me. Don't think you need a cushier tire for commuting unless your roads are full of potholes and/or gravel.

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    as skinny as you can get away with

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    What rand are you rocking? I've been looking at some Kenda's that are fairly inexpensive. But I found a pair of Avenir 26x1.5 for less than 15..

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    1.5's rock. You don't need any additional width.

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    panaracer, they aren't cheap

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    I ride on Nashbar Slick City Tires (26 x 1.25) and have been pleased. At $10.99 each they're probably the least expensive you'll find. http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2#ReviewHeader
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    For a short time I used Michelin City tires in the 26x1.4 size. Pumped to 80psi they rode nice and still held the ground well. While they looked skinny on a MTB, they really were a good size with very little rolling resistance.
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    A tube question. If I go from 1.95 tire down to a 1.25 tire can I use the same tube or do I need to get a new one. Also, what is the narrowest width that I can go or is made? I have only seen 1.5.

    Thanks,

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    My commuter tire of choice is Kend Kwest 1.5 100psi they are cheap and long lasting for me. Not good if you ride in very cold weather though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solare View Post
    A tube question. If I go from 1.95 tire down to a 1.25 tire can I use the same tube or do I need to get a new one. Also, what is the narrowest width that I can go or is made? I have only seen 1.5.
    You need to get new tubes. They are sold with a range: 1.25-1.50 or 1.00-1.25. Both can easily be found online. Your LBS should carry them as well, but don't bother looking in Walmart. I use 1.25-1.50 for my 26 x 1.25 tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xszydx View Post
    So I want them to be quick but comfortable.
    If you can afford them,Schwalbe Marathon Supremes in 2". Very fast,but very comfortable. Super grip and puncture protection as well.

    If you're on a tight budget,Kenda Kwests in 1.5". I've had them on several bikes and they're an excellent economy tire.

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    Thanks for the info Bill Fold.

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    Kenda kwest was the tires I ran as well.

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    I've got Kenda Kwests on my Performance X103 hybrid, and they are great. If you travel on routes with mixed conditions, another good choice is the Kenda Kross + in 26 x 1.95. My Dorado Sherpa MB is shod with those. I've had these on several bikes and have put many miles on them.
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    If it's a relatively smooth ride and you won't need the extra cushioning of bigger tires elsewhere I would go for the .5 on tires with a supple sidewall and high tpi.

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    Let's see, a .5 tire would be about 13mm - kinda skinny..........................

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    you want quick but comfortable , I have a suspension seat post for the comfort part ..

    quick all about the effort you purt out , but happy shopping..

    my 26" wheel bike has Schwalbe Marathon Plus in 1.75" ,

    but I am 65 and moving fast enough.. at my Age.
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