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


Go Back   > >

Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-08-10, 03:18 PM   #1
welcome_ghost
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
So I went to my LBS and ...

so i went to my LBS to get some new tires. when i got home, i went to put on the new tires and realized that they sold me two different sizes (a 28 and a 25). i do not really want to make another trip out.

my question is: would riding these two different sized tires make much of a difference compared to two 28s? or does it just come down to personal preference?


Thanks.
welcome_ghost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-10, 03:21 PM   #2
Yo!
Senior Member
 
Yo!'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Dallas, TX
Bikes: Panasonic NJS Keirin x2, Level Professional, Bianchi CUSS, GT Pulse
Posts: 1,047
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Personal preference. I use a 28 out back and a 25 in the front. You might like it.
Yo! is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-10, 04:28 PM   #3
ilikebikes
K2ProFlex baby!
 
ilikebikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: My response would have been something along the lines of: "Does your bike have computer controlled suspension? Then shut your piehole, this baby is from the future!"
Bikes: to many to list
Posts: 6,087
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I'd go back and get what I asked for.
__________________
You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve
ilikebikes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-10, 05:02 PM   #4
bmcginn
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: nashville/conway
Bikes: late 2009 leader 721tr, 1992 trek oclv with da, 2010 specialized tarmac expert, QR Lucero Lite, NS Suburban 24''
Posts: 624
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sounds like it wasn't just their fault. Should have checked before you left. But there is no harm in it. Could try it and you might like it.
bmcginn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-10, 05:14 PM   #5
ilikebikes
K2ProFlex baby!
 
ilikebikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: My response would have been something along the lines of: "Does your bike have computer controlled suspension? Then shut your piehole, this baby is from the future!"
Bikes: to many to list
Posts: 6,087
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
What? he went to the bike shop and bought tires, I'm sure he told them what size he wanted, if he didn't OK then its both their faults, but if he did its the fault of the dumbass at the bike shop, glad he wasn't picking up a prescription at the drug store!
__________________
You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve
ilikebikes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-10, 05:46 PM   #6
aMull
Senior Member
 
aMull's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Toronto
Bikes: Leader 735TR 09 58cm 46/17
Posts: 1,779
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Was running 38 and 25 before. Doesnt matter at all in the end.
aMull is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-10, 06:04 PM   #7
dsh
Oh, you know...
 
dsh's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: DC
Bikes: '74 Schwinn Sports Tourer (Polo), S-Works E5 Team Festina (Chorus 11), Trek 2200 Bonded Carbon (Fixed), Trek 920 (7 speed IGH), Chesini Olimpiade SL (1x7)
Posts: 2,835
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You will almost certainly die if you run two different sized tires.







Then again, you will almost certainly die even if you don't. It's pretty much a wash.
dsh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-10, 06:07 PM   #8
Brian
Senior Member
 
Brian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Between the mountains and the lake.
Bikes: 8 bikes - one for each day of the week!
Posts: 16,683
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by dsh View Post
You will almost certainly die if you run two different sized tires.





Then again, you will almost certainly die even if you don't. It's pretty much a wash.


Oh, so you remember when this guy tried it?

Brian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-10, 08:07 PM   #9
Leukybear
THE STUFFED
 
Leukybear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Sandy Eggo, CA
Bikes: Sworks Venge; Rock Lobster; EAI Bareknuckle
Posts: 12,158
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
You'll live.....

It helps to run the wider tire in the back and the skinnier in the front so you'll gain the advantages of both tires..... handling and grip wise...; think funny car racing lol
Leukybear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-10, 08:52 PM   #10
bmcginn
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: nashville/conway
Bikes: late 2009 leader 721tr, 1992 trek oclv with da, 2010 specialized tarmac expert, QR Lucero Lite, NS Suburban 24''
Posts: 624
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I usually double check my purchases before paying for them. Then again I usually get the tires myself. Not hating on you. Just my opinion. It's like double checking your order at taco bell before you pull out of the drive thru
bmcginn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-10, 09:11 PM   #11
Scrodzilla
There goes Tokyo
 
Scrodzilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Bikes: EAI Bare Knuckle, 1975 Raleigh Pro Track
Posts: 26,554
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 86 Post(s)
Whether you keep the odd sizes or go back and swap one for the right size, you've learned something.
__________________
__________________________________
Scrodzilla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-10, 09:24 PM   #12
vantassell
Banned.
 
vantassell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: SLC, UT
Bikes:
Posts: 832
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
They oughta let you take one back, as long as you haven't gone on a ride with them yet, they're pretty much new still. I'd say to take one back and get the right size. As long as a 28 will fit, why not experiment with running a 28 in the back?
vantassell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-10, 12:10 PM   #13
bbattle
.
 
bbattle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Rocket City, No'ala
Bikes: 2014 Trek Domane 5.2, 1985 Pinarello Trevisio, 1991 Colnago Master, '06 Bianchi San Jose, 1987 Moulton Fuso, 1990 Gardin Shred, '82 John Howard(Dave Tesch)
Posts: 12,550
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Sheldon liked to ride with a wider tire up front:

"Mixing/Matching Tires

Most bikes come with identical tires front and rear. This is all right for general use, but if you want to optimize your bike, you should consider using different tires front and rear. The front and rear tires have different loadings and different requirements.
Narrower Front, Wider Rear

If lightness is the primary goal, tire width/weight is limited by the risk of pinch cut flats, a.k.a. "snake bites." Since there is more weight carried on the rear tire, you can get away with a slightly narrower tire in front than you can in back.
Wider Front, Narrower Rear

A wider front tire makes sense in many applications, however, when handling and ride comfort are considered. A wider tire will generally provide better cornering traction than a narrower one, assuming appropriate inflation pressure.
A wider tire also provides superior shock absorbency. I personally prefer a slightly wider tire in front, since I suffer from some wrist discomfort on occasion."

http://sheldonbrown.com/tires.html#width
bbattle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-10, 12:50 PM   #14
Scrodzilla
There goes Tokyo
 
Scrodzilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Bikes: EAI Bare Knuckle, 1975 Raleigh Pro Track
Posts: 26,554
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 86 Post(s)
Back in the day when I raced BMX, it was common for riders to use a wider tire in front for better cornering/traction.

However, if you try doing it now on a road bike (regardless of Sheldon's preference) you'll most likely die.
__________________
__________________________________
Scrodzilla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-10, 01:30 PM   #15
welcome_ghost
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
yeah it was my fault for not double checking my purchase before leaving but i grabbed them both out of the same place. oh well, now im experimenting with mixing widths.

thanks for your input fellas.
welcome_ghost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-10, 02:01 PM   #16
LupinIII
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Davis/Lafayette, CA
Bikes: too many
Posts: 2,014
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
the mass imbalance between front and rear will throw off your center of mass. if and when you try to skid it will lose traction and cause a certainly horrific accident.

basically you'll die.
LupinIII is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-10, 03:12 PM   #17
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
Posts: 26,614
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 89 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
Whether you keep the odd sizes or go back and swap one for the right size, you've learned something.
BINGO! Nothing is ever a complete loss.
Retro Grouch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-10, 03:25 PM   #18
prathmann
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Bay Area, Calif.
Bikes:
Posts: 6,093
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 82 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by welcome_ghost View Post
yeah it was my fault for not double checking my purchase before leaving but i grabbed them both out of the same place. oh well, now im experimenting with mixing widths.
Sounds like a good call - no need to make another trip to the shop if it's at all inconvenient. I currently have a 37mm on the back and a 23 mm on the front with no ill effects. I was running 37s but wanted to use a fender in front during our rainy season and it didn't fit with the wider tire. So I switched to the 23mm one I had lying around.
prathmann is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-10, 06:24 PM   #19
elTwitcho
Live without dead time
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Toronto
Bikes:
Posts: 2,137
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bmcginn View Post
It's like double checking your order at taco bell before you pull out of the drive thru
This is very annoying and people should not do this. Pull out of everyone's way before you start shuffling through your bags, it's inconsiderate as hell
elTwitcho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-10, 06:41 PM   #20
dbgray21
my quads hurt...
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: 703
Bikes: 2010 langster, 2009 fuse 2, 2009 transition
Posts: 197
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by elTwitcho View Post
This is very annoying and people should not do this. Pull out of everyone's way before you start shuffling through your bags, it's inconsiderate as hell
but then if it is wrong you have to get out your car and walk inside. screw that. i'll be inconsiderate and warm.
dbgray21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-10, 01:28 AM   #21
dooodstevenn
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 474
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
you should have checked b4 u left, but its fine, i ride a 28 in front and a 23 on back, so my front tires dont slip as often when going up driveways sideways
dooodstevenn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-10, 01:53 AM   #22
ADSR
Gentlemen.
 
ADSR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Chico, CA
Bikes: S-Works e5 Aerotech with 2009 Veloce and a Fulcrum 5s
Posts: 1,517
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by dbgray21 View Post
but then if it is wrong you have to get out your car and walk inside. screw that. i'll be inconsiderate and warm.
If I was in the car behind you I would give you ten seconds after the transaction was completed to pull out. After that you'd get a courtesy tap on the horn. Another five seconds and I would lean on the horn until you moved.
ADSR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-10, 04:35 AM   #23
WoundedKnee
Antarctica awaits
 
WoundedKnee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Tucson, Zona
Bikes:
Posts: 1,965
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have 25c in back and 28c in front... just because the rear is a Panaracer puncture resistant and I'd rather get a flat in the front than the back.
WoundedKnee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-10, 10:03 AM   #24
PedallingATX
Comanche Racing
 
PedallingATX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
Bikes: Presto NJS build, Specialized Allez Pro w/ full Dura Ace and Ksyrium SLs, 1990something Specialized Sirrus
Posts: 2,822
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
or you could just not eat crappy drive thru food...
PedallingATX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-10, 10:23 AM   #25
Brian
Senior Member
 
Brian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Between the mountains and the lake.
Bikes: 8 bikes - one for each day of the week!
Posts: 16,683
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by PedallingATX View Post
or you could just not eat crappy drive thru food...
Taco Bell is definitely the worst.
Brian 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 08:23 PM.