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    Another "which road tyre" thread

    Now that the mtb is in use for the commute to work, its time to start considering what tyres to put on.

    Its still got the original fit knobbly tyres, and its rarely gone any distance off road

    I'm considering the Schwalbe Marathons, but am wondering about sizes. The current tyres are 26x2.1, and the marathons are available in 26x1.75, and 26x2. Any reasons why I should choose either size over the other?

    I've seen a few totally slick tyres as well, but am unsure about those on the slippery roads of London, especially at this (wet) time of year.

    Any suggestions?

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    guys ride totally slick tires in the rain on road bikes all the time, and those are closer to 1". If all you're doing is riding on pavement, so with full slicks. You may even want to invest in some 26x1.25's for some extra speed.
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    armadillos are great for commuting, just for the fact that they're super flat resistant. There is nothing worse than showing up late to work with nasty and/or wet hands from fixing a flat on the way in.
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    I use Ritchey Tom Slicks for my commuter. They work well enough in the rain and hydroplaning isn't an issue that I have experianced. They are a 1.4 and roll very fast pumped up to their maximum pressure ~90 psi. The narrow tires may offer a bit less rolling resistance over the wider +2.0 slicks.

    This is a picture of them rolling in the rain

    Last edited by ViperZ; 02-20-07 at 08:32 PM.
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    Gorgeous commuter ViperZ Diggin the purple (I think it's purple... kinda colorblind though!)

    Yes, 1.4 or 1.25 tires will offer much lower RR and will still hook up find on pavement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeCanon
    Gorgeous commuter ViperZ Diggin the purple (I think it's purple... kinda colorblind though!)

    Yes, 1.4 or 1.25 tires will offer much lower RR and will still hook up find on pavement.

    Thanks! Actually I'm not using it right now and it's hanging in my garage. It's a 1988 GT Karakorum K2. The color is a Blue with a purple fleck, conducive to the 80's style of bike paint. It has Suntour XC7000 Accushift components.

    Currently I'm using my Vintage 1988 Rocky Mountain Wedge as commuter instead.
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    Dont' want to jack the thread, but do you have any pictures of it? I have a bit of a commuter fetish I just love the bikes people put together for 100% reliability and of course, CLASS! nothing classier than 80's style blue with purple flecks
    I was rocking an old steel motobecane 53/16 fixy for a while but had to give it back to my friend it was so beautiful... 36cm bars, lack of brakes and all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeCanon
    Dont' want to jack the thread, but do you have any pictures of it? I have a bit of a commuter fetish I just love the bikes people put together for 100% reliability and of course, CLASS! nothing classier than 80's style blue with purple flecks
    I was rocking an old steel motobecane 53/16 fixy for a while but had to give it back to my friend it was so beautiful... 36cm bars, lack of brakes and all.
    Sure I'll send a few via PM, however here is a picture before the Fenders, as it may be of interest to the OP to see the Slick tires I'm talking about. The Kickstand is the real deal and I love using it on a commuter bike.




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    I've found another reason to go for skinnier tyres - the current 2.1s don't fit particularly good on the bike racks on the trains on the way into work, so anything even a little smaller will go in nicely, and the bike won't fall over .....

    One thing i will definitely do though, as well as getting some decent puncture resistant tyres is stick some of that Slime in the tyres. It worked wonders on my folder (saved me from a good walk a few times), so its definitely a worthwhile investment.

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    I am using Panaracer Hi-Road 1.5. I has excellent grip and does not punctures dat often depite my using cheap single wall rim with protruding spoke nipples all around.... Its so light, a slight descent means i dont even have to pedal... I just wonder whether the 1.25 is better. Am not sure about punture rate because of higher pressure

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    Quote Originally Posted by shea2812
    I am using Panaracer Hi-Road 1.5. I has excellent grip and does not punctures dat often depite my using cheap single wall rim with protruding spoke nipples all around.... Its so light, a slight descent means i dont even have to pedal... I just wonder whether the 1.25 is better. Am not sure about punture rate because of higher pressure
    I use to run 1.0 Fatboys, they were fast too!
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    Schwalbe City Jet 26x1.5 tyres are the 'bees knees' for commuting/city riding/ touring on a mountain bike.

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