Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-05-08, 02:22 PM   #1
ocz800
Member
Thread Starter
 
ocz800's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New York
Bikes:
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Can i swap out tires on a MTB myself?

I bought a trek 4300 about a year ago, and got little use out of it. Now that im, 80lbs lighter, it's time to get back out there and ride. However, i was always a little uncomfortable with my traveling speed and ride comfort. I bought the MTB thinking i would be out in the wild- yea right. I ended up riding a long paved bike path instead. I'm sure I'll still hit some bumps, but nothing really serious.

at my LBS today, I asked what I could do for a more comfortable ride. They recommend two options, switch out the tires on my current MTB or move to an intermediate crossover bike. My ultimate goal is cyclocross and road biking, but ive got years of training to do before I'm even close to that.

Is simply changing the tires going to significantly improve my ride comfort? What would you guys recommend specifically?

Last edited by ocz800; 08-05-08 at 02:50 PM.
ocz800 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-08, 02:24 PM   #2
Cheeto
Banned.
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Georgia
Bikes: Trek 3900
Posts: 1,831
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Swapping tires will give you a smoother ride. Try putting a pair of slicks on it.
Changing tires is also, very easy.
Cheeto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-08, 02:33 PM   #3
qmsdc15
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Maryland
Bikes: rockhopper, delta V, cannondale H300, Marin Mill Valley
Posts: 5,155
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you can fix a flat, you can change your tires. If you can't fix a flat, you should learn how. 1.5" Specialized Armadillos are a nice choice for a mountain bike that is used on paved surfaces. Get some narrower inner tubes too.
qmsdc15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-08, 02:39 PM   #4
Cannondaler
Senior Member
 
Cannondaler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Atlantic Beach, FL
Bikes: Cannondale F600sl, Windsor Falkirk Carbon
Posts: 205
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
All you need is a pump and some tire levers. This article is for fixing flats but the process is the same, you just don't need to patch or replace the tube: http://sheldonbrown.com/flats.html

You can get a set of 26"x1.5" slick tires that will roll smoother than knobbies, they will also help your overall speed. Here is a cheap example: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5430

If you want a tire that will be smooth on the road and still give you some traction offroad I suggest these: http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...ntry+Tire.aspx
The tread on these is inverted meaning it has pits or pockets instead of knobs that stick out. They roll like slicks on the road but will still have decent traction on the dirt. Not as good of traction as a knobbie but pretty good. I recommend them highly for multi-purpose riding and commuting.
Cannondaler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-08, 02:39 PM   #5
ocz800
Member
Thread Starter
 
ocz800's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New York
Bikes:
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sorry for the newbie , question but do i just look up the size on the old tire, and by a similar sized one, leaving the frame alone?

Last edited by ocz800; 08-05-08 at 02:50 PM.
ocz800 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-08, 02:47 PM   #6
Cannondaler
Senior Member
 
Cannondaler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Atlantic Beach, FL
Bikes: Cannondale F600sl, Windsor Falkirk Carbon
Posts: 205
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You most likely have 26"x2.1" or so on your bike. The 26 is the diameter and the 2.1 is the width. So you want to look for a tire that is 26" by whatever width you want. Narrower widths will probably need higher air pressure wich makes them a little less "cushy" but makes them roll faster. for slicks I would probably go with something between 1.5 to 1.9 if you want a cushier ride or something 1.0 to 1.5 for more speed.

Another thing you might want to look at is bike fit. Most comfort problems come from the bike not being fitted to you properly. What kind of discomfort are you having? If you could tell us what parts of the body are experiencing discomfort we may be able to suggest some simple adjustments that might help you feel more comfortable on your bike.

How tall are you? What size frame do you ride. Did the bike shop take the time to help you dial in the fit?
Cannondaler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-08, 03:00 PM   #7
ocz800
Member
Thread Starter
 
ocz800's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New York
Bikes:
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cannondaler View Post
You most likely have 26"x2.1" or so on your bike. The 26 is the diameter and the 2.1 is the width. So you want to look for a tire that is 26" by whatever width you want. Narrower widths will probably need higher air pressure wich makes them a little less "cushy" but makes them roll faster. for slicks I would probably go with something between 1.5 to 1.9 if you want a cushier ride or something 1.0 to 1.5 for more speed.

Another thing you might want to look at is bike fit. Most comfort problems come from the bike not being fitted to you properly. What kind of discomfort are you having? If you could tell us what parts of the body are experiencing discomfort we may be able to suggest some simple adjustments that might help you feel more comfortable on your bike.

How tall are you? What size frame do you ride. Did the bike shop take the time to help you dial in the fit?
The only thing is the heavy sometimes bumpy ride. The tires just feel like they drag or something. Body comfort itself is fine. I got fitted at my LBS, and i feel they did a pretty good job. I don't remember the exact frame size - i'll check on that today. I'm 6'1 185.

Those Town and Country Tires look perfect. Would I need to buy new inner tubes as well?

Last edited by ocz800; 08-05-08 at 03:04 PM.
ocz800 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-08, 03:23 PM   #8
daintonj
Senior Member
 
daintonj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 372
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ocz800 View Post
My ultimate goal is cyclocross and road biking, but ive got years of training to do before I'm even close to that.
The nuclear fusion forum is right over there, this is the bike riding forum - a sport so simple even little children can manage it. Please, stop listening to experts who insist that cycling is a dark art which requires experts to adjust your saddle position, god like mechanics to change a tyre and the entire staff of nasa to setup your suspension.

Cyclocross is a bit harder than riding on a road and a lot of work to race competitively, road cycling is so easy even roadies manage it.
daintonj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-08, 03:32 PM   #9
Cannondaler
Senior Member
 
Cannondaler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Atlantic Beach, FL
Bikes: Cannondale F600sl, Windsor Falkirk Carbon
Posts: 205
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ocz800 View Post
Those Town and Country Tires look perfect. Would I need to buy new inner tubes as well?
Considering they are 1.9 and you probably have between 1.9 and 2.1 you probably won't need new tubes but it is always a good idea to have some spares. I would buy a couple 1.5-1.9 tubes just to be safe. That way if you get a flat you are prepared.
Cannondaler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-08, 03:34 PM   #10
Cannondaler
Senior Member
 
Cannondaler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Atlantic Beach, FL
Bikes: Cannondale F600sl, Windsor Falkirk Carbon
Posts: 205
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ocz800 View Post
The only thing is the heavy sometimes bumpy ride. The tires just feel like they drag or something.
The Conti's will definitely help with this then.
Cannondaler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-08, 03:58 PM   #11
nachomc
Senior Member
 
nachomc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Sacramento, CA
Bikes: Epic and Tarmac
Posts: 1,259
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by daintonj View Post
road cycling is so easy even roadies manage it.
I was on a road ride a couple of weeks ago and we had climbed to the top of this hill. The coming descent was 600' in about a mile, and it had a pretty sweet hairpin turn. One of the guys starts talking to this woman riding with us and he's like "just keep your weight back, stay off your saddle, don't grab the brakes too hard, you'll be fine." He looks at me and goes "are you going to be able to get down the hill?" and I say "well, I think I can manage - usually I'm going about the same speed as we'll hit today, only with rocks and dirt and trees and stuff."

him: oh, you mountain bike? Yeah you're good to go.

nachomc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-08, 06:16 PM   #12
Chris_F
World's slowest cyclist.
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Londonderry, NH
Bikes: Cannondale CAAD5 and Cannondale Rush
Posts: 1,353
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you're worried about tire sizes just take your bike, or just the tires, down to your local bike shop and have them help you choose a pair of slicks. They may even mount them for free for you.

Quote:
Originally Posted by daintonj View Post
The nuclear fusion forum is right over there, this is the bike riding forum - a sport so simple even little children can manage it. Please, stop listening to experts who insist that cycling is a dark art which requires experts to adjust your saddle position, god like mechanics to change a tyre and the entire staff of nasa to setup your suspension.

Cyclocross is a bit harder than riding on a road and a lot of work to race competitively, road cycling is so easy even roadies manage it.
I read his post to mean that he's too heavy right now to feel comfortable on a road bike (hence the line "now that I'm 80 pounds lighter..."). He expects it will take some time to get his weight down to something more manageable for a road bike.

Not that you can't ride a road bike while heavy, but there may be comfort issues... I don't know.
Chris_F is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-08, 11:43 PM   #13
loefflerw
Newbie
 
loefflerw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Bikes: Cannondale F300
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cannondaler View Post
You most likely have 26"x2.1" or so on your bike. The 26 is the diameter and the 2.1 is the width. So you want to look for a tire that is 26" by whatever width you want. Narrower widths will probably need higher air pressure wich makes them a little less "cushy" but makes them roll faster. for slicks I would probably go with something between 1.5 to 1.9 if you want a cushier ride or something 1.0 to 1.5 for more speed.
I am also looking to replace my 26 x 2.1 MTB tires with slicks...

Are you saying I could purchase a set of slicks in the 1.5 to 1.9 range and mount them to the same rims I am currently using?

I have a Cannondale F300.
loefflerw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-08, 12:05 AM   #14
TheFlip
Senior Member
 
TheFlip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Bikes: 70s Motobecane and '06 Enduro (and a kickass little pink and purple schwinn)
Posts: 209
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by loefflerw View Post
I am also looking to replace my 26 x 2.1 MTB tires with slicks...

Are you saying I could purchase a set of slicks in the 1.5 to 1.9 range and mount them to the same rims I am currently using?

I have a Cannondale F300.
Yes
TheFlip is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-08, 07:47 AM   #15
Chris_F
World's slowest cyclist.
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Londonderry, NH
Bikes: Cannondale CAAD5 and Cannondale Rush
Posts: 1,353
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by loefflerw View Post
I am also looking to replace my 26 x 2.1 MTB tires with slicks...

Are you saying I could purchase a set of slicks in the 1.5 to 1.9 range and mount them to the same rims I am currently using?

I have a Cannondale F300.
Should be no problem. But you may want to seek help from your local bike shop anyway. Choosing tires isn't rocket surgery but there are some "gotchas". For example, you don't want to accidently buy tires that are too big around (29"), or tubeless, or sew-ups (do they have these for mountain bikes?), etc. I'd say 90% of the tires you'd be looking at are just fine and will work for you but your bike store guys can help and make sure you don't accidently buy one of those last 10%.
Chris_F is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-08, 03:17 PM   #16
jeph
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: sebtown
Bikes:
Posts: 192
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by qmsdc15 View Post
If you can fix a flat, you can change your tires. If you can't fix a flat, you should learn how. 1.5" Specialized Armadillos are a nice choice for a mountain bike that is used on paved surfaces. Get some narrower inner tubes too.
+1 on the fix a flat thing somehting you need to learn to do on the Road/trail.

They make Armadillos for 26" wheels? How much pressure does a 1.5 take?

My GF needs something like that. Her Fatboys I gave her are 10 years old and about to blow.

Jeff
jeph is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-08, 01:29 PM   #17
qmsdc15
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Maryland
Bikes: rockhopper, delta V, cannondale H300, Marin Mill Valley
Posts: 5,155
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Recommended inflation 35-80psi.
qmsdc15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-08, 05:25 PM   #18
lunchbox1972
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Tucson
Bikes: 01 Specialized Rockhopper A1 and 07 Felt Z80 05 Canondale Prophet
Posts: 112
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I've got a set of the Conti's in a 26x1.9 that I have about 200 miles on. They were great for their purpose.

I pulled them off a couple of weeks ago, when I got my road bike. I don't forsee doing 30 mile rides on the MTB, on the road, anymore.

If you want them, we can make a deal. email me or PM me, my mail should be in my profile.
lunchbox1972 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-08, 07:04 PM   #19
ProFail
Generic Title
 
ProFail's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: 2008 Trek Fuel EX7, 2007 Trek 1600, 2007 Eastern Warthog
Posts: 1,927
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by nachomc View Post
I was on a road ride a couple of weeks ago and we had climbed to the top of this hill. The coming descent was 600' in about a mile, and it had a pretty sweet hairpin turn. One of the guys starts talking to this woman riding with us and he's like "just keep your weight back, stay off your saddle, don't grab the brakes too hard, you'll be fine." He looks at me and goes "are you going to be able to get down the hill?" and I say "well, I think I can manage - usually I'm going about the same speed as we'll hit today, only with rocks and dirt and trees and stuff."

him: oh, you mountain bike? Yeah you're good to go.

Thanks for the story.


To the OP- If you can afford it, just go straight for a road bike. If that's you ultimate goal, of course. You don't need to be a super-fit stick-man to ride a road bike. If anything, road biking will help you lose weight faster than MTBing.


Uh, flamesuit on..... Not that you can't lose weight MTBing just as fast..... You know what I mean.
__________________
Generic Joke
ProFail is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-08, 07:31 PM   #20
santiago
sarcasm meter: jerk mode
 
santiago's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Montréal, QC, Canada
Bikes: 2005 Kona Blast; 2005 Turner Flux, 2006 Felt F3C
Posts: 4,510
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by ProFail View Post
Thanks for the story.


To the OP- If you can afford it, just go straight for a road bike. If that's you ultimate goal, of course. You don't need to be a super-fit stick-man to ride a road bike. If anything, road biking will help you lose weight faster than MTBing.


Uh, flamesuit on..... Not that you can't lose weight MTBing just as fast..... You know what I mean.
Are you making fun of '66?
__________________
First Class Jerk
santiago is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-08, 07:47 PM   #21
xcracer13
Nitro
 
xcracer13's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: canyon lake, tx
Bikes: Salsa
Posts: 829
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
you have to take your wheel to a tire shop and they will remove it.
xcracer13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-14-08, 08:06 PM   #22
ProFail
Generic Title
 
ProFail's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: North Carolina
Bikes: 2008 Trek Fuel EX7, 2007 Trek 1600, 2007 Eastern Warthog
Posts: 1,927
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by santiago View Post
Are you making fun of '66?
What? No?

Is 66 overweight or something? Either way, no, that wasn't a cheap shot. I thought some people would get pissy and start on how you can lose weight just as easily MTBing as road biking, blah blah blah et cetera.
__________________
Generic Joke
ProFail is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:32 AM.