Hello, I am new here and also to biking I am 14 years old I live in Hooper, UT. it all started when I decided I would go on a ride on my BMX bike to my uncles house about 5 miles away well after that wasn't as hard I started to go farther and farther and I soon realized a BMX bike was not the best choice so I saved up for a while and bought a diamondback mountain bike some I know mountain bikes are no speed daemon but it works for me and it was great for me for a while but now I want to go faster and do my daily rides as fast as I can and see if I can beat my previous record (I ride about 20 miles in a little over 55 mins). my gym teacher was telling me how he was in somewhat of the same boat so he took a trip to the bike shop and had his mountain bike converted over to the skinny tires etc. and he says he has beat his old record by quite a bit but when I took a trip to the bike shop I noticed two different things that they had the really skinny tires and they had the tires that are the same as my tires that are on it now except they have a smooth surface instead of the traction type surface I am somewhat familiar with the laws of gravity the less friction you have the faster you go thus stating that a skinnier tire would go better but I have heard bad things about them like how if you hit a big enough pot hole it can bend your rim and if you are riding in the rain they don't have the best control etc. what would you guys do? Thanks
Slicks are a great idea if you want to simply go faster on your current bike. You can pick them up for cheap at your local bike shop.
Don't worry about rain or potholes, rims are hard to bend and slicks have great traction in most situations. Go a bit slower around the corners and avoid any oil spots in the road and you will be fine.
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so slicks are the really skinny ones right? I have heard that the valve stems are different is that true? do you have to also buy new rims for them? Thanks
Yeah, slicks are the skinny ones. I would recommend a 1.25" tire. You don't want to change the type of tube you use, if you have the fat valve stem, stick with that. You may need to get new tubes to fit the new tires, however. Ask the guys at the bike shop.
You don't need to change your rims, new tubes and new tires only.
Thanks a bunch Ill let you know how it turns out.
well, I decided not to get new tires. But instead, decided to keep that bike for mountain biking. I bought a road bike today. I bought a specialized with shimano 105 components
. im not sure of the year however it is early 90s if you would like to see it it is in the road cycling category under the thread: Did I get a good deal? Opinions are appreciated because I dont even know what to think of it yet.
Last edited by litlfetcher; 10-26-08 at 02:23 AM.