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Old 04-26-09, 09:10 PM   #1
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Change your kids tires!

I just changed the tire on my sons Transfomer Super Sore tank of a bike! It had 16 x 2.125 mega knobbies and I thought that wouldn't matter on his little bike but he is now riding 4 to 6 miles a day with us I swapped the old tires off of his old jogging stroller "that is shot" and he picked up alot of speed and rode the 4 mile loop with out asking for a brake!!! The new tires are 16 x 1.75 semi slickish!!! The defference is amazing!!
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It is a pretty big difference. We have a 40-50 mile ride we do every year. I make the kids start off the season riding the stock fat, soft knobbies. We did 20 miles this weekend. I will be swapping the tires out this evening for their 1.2", 90psi slicks this evening.

When your son gets to a 20" wheel bike, look for tires classified for recumbents. The distributors group the tires such that if you tell your shop you want a 20" tire for your kids bike they won't find very many narrow, hi-pressure, slicks if at all because they won't be listed in the kids section. Tell them to check under recumbents for some better choices. 1" might be a too narrow for most kids rims so I err on the safe side and get 1.2-1.5, 80psi or higher, minimal tread. They will cost you ~$20/tire but are very much worth it if you plan to do longer rides.
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Old 04-27-09, 01:57 PM   #3
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It is a pretty big difference. We have a 40-50 mile ride we do every year. I make the kids start off the season riding the stock fat, soft knobbies. We did 20 miles this weekend. I will be swapping the tires out this evening for their 1.2", 90psi slicks this evening.

When your son gets to a 20" wheel bike, look for tires classified for recumbents. The distributors group the tires such that if you tell your shop you want a 20" tire for your kids bike they won't find very many narrow, hi-pressure, slicks if at all because they won't be listed in the kids section. Tell them to check under recumbents for some better choices. 1" might be a too narrow for most kids rims so I err on the safe side and get 1.2-1.5, 80psi or higher, minimal tread. They will cost you ~$20/tire but are very much worth it if you plan to do longer rides.

Thanks for the tip I will comit that to memorie for the 20" days that will be here sooner than later!!!
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Old 04-29-09, 09:46 AM   #4
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I was wondering about getting my soon-to-be 8 yr old a pair of these but not sure he needs 4# of tire (~8% of his body weight):

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Would those kind of down hill tires do good for a kid? Or do they have them in kid sizes? I was thinking that might be good kinda of smooth in the center and then knobies on the outer edges for when they go off the pavement.
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My daughters have their townies which are older three speed Raleighs fitted with slicks and their mtb's have more aggressive tyres for taking the trails.

A hybrid tyre with a slick centre and side lugs would be an excellent tyre for mixed surfaces.
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