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Old 04-21-07, 11:21 AM   #1
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tire and bike underwear

I am also looking to get some tires while shipping is free. I see these which seem like a reasonable tire for the 520. Will the 35s fit. It came with 32s. I have the planet bike fenders on and adjusted but anticipate maybe having to move them out a bit more for these.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5420

Also I have just one pair of bike shorts and Im not crazy about wearing them. Probably part of the reason i want a different saddle. i ride without my bike shorts most of the time. but I saw these and think I might get 2 pair and would wear them under my regular gym shorts. i would probably wear them more with 2 pair to rotate.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/....cfm?sku=19943

That should end my shopping spree once I decide on which saddle to get (previous thread). Oh and tubes for the tires.

Thanks for any insite on the tires or the underwear
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Old 04-21-07, 11:25 AM   #2
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I have a women's version of the coolmax padded underwear and they are great.
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Old 04-21-07, 11:29 AM   #3
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I have a women's version of the coolmax padded underwear and they are great.
Thanks Lolly Pop. If you dont mind saying, how far do you usually ride. I hve built up to about 20 miles from earler this winter when the weather was bad and only did about 10 but I want to start riding about 30 miles a couple of times a week and a couple of shorter rides when time is an issue.
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I usually ride 30-40 miles. I tend to wear the underwear when I am wearing thermals, or regular trousers. Otherwise I wear regular, padded lycra cycling shorts.
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Old 04-21-07, 11:47 AM   #5
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10-4 I may ride around 40 a few times. A friend is looking for an adjustable stem he thinks he has so I can get a little more upright on the bike. I read your brooks saddle thread and see you use trekking bars. That may be my next upgrade. good luck with the saddle you end up getting!
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Thanks! I really prefer the more upright posture on the bike. Hope it works for you, too.
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I looked at this thread cause I thought it might be about some novel way to repair a tire with underwear, or vice versa...

The Fortes can be a really good deal. Last ones I got were 26x1.5. Which were actually 26x1.35. But, they were 7 bucks.

The underwear is OK. Used to be a Perf and Nashbar version of these. Got one of each on sale. The Perf and Nashbar were better deal than the Andiamos at the time, so I returned the Andiamos. The padded was not so thick in them as I recall. Ditto on the Nashbars. The Perf actually had a bit of padding (foam rubber only, not a chamois). The lycra has ripped in many places but they're still holding together. I wear them under tights, little more comfortable than using bike shorts. BTW they're pretty long, they're gonna stick out under your shorts....

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Old 04-21-07, 09:25 PM   #8
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I am also looking to get some tires while shipping is free. I see these which seem like a reasonable tire for the 520. Will the 35s fit. It came with 32s. I have the planet bike fenders on and adjusted but anticipate maybe having to move them out a bit more for these.

http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=5420

I don't know these specific tires, but with fenders, I think it will be a close call.

On the rear wheel of my 520 (model year 2000), I can fit a 700x37 tire with room to spare, but on the front wheel, 700x32 is the largest "comfortable" size. If these tires are true to their size, 700x35 would fit without actually rubbing on the tires, but there will be so little room left that any pebble would cling its way through. And forget mud.


Mind you, if you carry lots of weight, like a relaxed or upright position, ride on rough roads, etc. having 700x30-32 front and 700x32-37 rear is an optimum setup.
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Old 04-22-07, 10:30 AM   #9
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I also have a Y2K Trek 520, with 700x35 tires on both ends (Bontragger Select Invert). The back fender fits comfortably, but not enough clearance on the front for a fender. Like Michel, I'm going to a 700x32 on the front for my first short tour in mid-May.
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I don't know these specific tires, but with fenders, I think it will be a close call.

On the rear wheel of my 520 (model year 2000), I can fit a 700x37 tire with room to spare, but on the front wheel, 700x32 is the largest "comfortable" size. If these tires are true to their size, 700x35 would fit without actually rubbing on the tires, but there will be so little room left that any pebble would cling its way through. And forget mud.


Mind you, if you carry lots of weight, like a relaxed or upright position, ride on rough roads, etc. having 700x30-32 front and 700x32-37 rear is an optimum setup.
I just ordered the one 700x35. I will put it on the rear and keep the one I pull off as a spare for either end. that way I'll have at least a half worn 32 waiting and if the rear wasta get cut or something I can stick that one back on till I can get another 35 ordered. the front tire on now should be in better shape so I will leave the 32 on and i did not order a new one for it. make sense...

Oh and I orederd the leather liberator and just one bike breif. the wifes happy im happy. now if it would come before tommorrow as I head out on a 3 day camping trip thursday. I will try it all out and report back next week sometime. Thanks for all the advise.
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I find the 32c tires very comfortable on my 520. FYI, I just did my first club ride with this bike last weekend, and was able to stay with the paceline for quite awhile before some late hills did me in. Averaged 15.0 mph for 37 rolling miles, which I didn't think was possible on the plush tires (stock Bontrager up front, new Conti Contact on the rear). I had bought cheap Performance 25c tires for such a purpose but was too lazy to swap them out before this ride.

I'm trying my first century on the 520 next weekend at our local AIDS ride in Raleigh. I'm probably going to keep the 32c tires on it and go nice and easy.

About the underwear -- I also have the Performance/Forte undies for wearing under regular shorts. It's not a bad compromise, although I think I'll restrict their use to family and day rides. For multi-day riding, I've learned that you get what you pay for, and it's Pearl Izumis for me. Plush and nearly indestructible, even for this Clydesdale rider.
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I've been experimenting with a CoolMax t-shirt and Sugio underware under cargo shorts and I love them! I don't know what it is but I feel more relaxed with this combo, more likely to enjoy the scenery and look more like I'm touring to the general public. You don't stand out in a crowd as much as being in Lycra. Kind of a casual weekend look. Plus you get the added bonus of more pockets when you're off the bike. I'll be ordering two more soon

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I have a Brooks saddle and don't wear bike short. I wear normal spandex shorts without the pad. Thousands of kilometers, and no sore tooshy.
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+1 for the cargo shorts. After years of doing charity rides, I've built up a collection of logo jerseys and shorts that rivals my "civilian" wardrobe, and now I want almost nothing to do with them LOL. I find I'm migrating to solid color jerseys or shirts with my olive green cargo shorts, which are almost irreplaceable to me now.

And after having done a mini-tour in my regular sneakers (forgot to pack my cycling shoes), I'm not even stressing about that, either. I'm not prepared to swear off my comfy MTB shoes, but the "old school" feel and style does help me relax on the bike, to take the lower gear and to enjoy the journey more.

Last note -- I am getting lots of questions so far this spring from my club ride friends, since I keep showing up with 32c tires, fenders, bar bag, trunk bag, etc. They are mostly "weight weenies" but they are fascinated with the touring bike and setup. There was another cyclist on a touring bike last weekend (Cannondale T800) and we had a fun time keeping up with the pace group for the first 20 miles, then settling back into touring mode on the country roads before the final climbs.
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