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Old 07-25-11, 10:58 PM
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Thinner tires for a mountain bike :O

I own a Schwinn Sierra(1988) and I want to put a new set of tires and wheels on it.
The size of the wheels are 26 x 1.75 and the tires are 26 x 1.95.

What size of tires and wheels should I get for it or should I just invest in getting thinner tires?
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Old 07-25-11, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by gomezjc93
I own a Schwinn Sierra(1988) and I want to put a new set of tires and wheels on it.
The size of the wheels are 26 x 1.75 and the tires are 26 x 1.95.

What size of tires and wheels should I get for it or should I just invest in getting thinner tires?
It's not worth replacing the wheels or rims unless they're damaged. Depending on the exact rim you have (26 x 1.75" is generic- you need to measure the actual rim width), you could put 26 x 1.25" or 26 x 1.50" high-pressure slick tires and come out with a reasonably fast bike. The chart from Sheldon Brown's "tire sizing" page: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tyre-sizing.html shows "best fit" recommendations for your rim.
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Ritchey Tom Slicks or Tioga City Slicker tires in the 1.5 inch width work superbly for fast and easy pavement riding and will almost certainly fit on your existing rims if they have 1.95 inch tires on the bike now. Of the two I prefer the Tom Slicks as they don't have the small holes and tire tread found on the City Slickers that seem to like to pick up and hold small stones and create an annoying tick-tick-tick sound with each whell revolution.

You can go even smaller but the bike will look odd, if that matters to you, and the narrower tires require the more narrow rims to work well.
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I've had good luck with Bontrager H2 and H4 Eco tires on my hybrids. Plenty smooth for road but with just enough tread on the sides for occasional gravel or turf. Decent price too. I get mine in the 1.50 width.
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Nashbar has/had a sale on their 1.5" City Slicks. The pair I have are working out well. I got two for about $16 total. Can't beat that.
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I just did this for my wife's bike. She is trying to lose weight, is very short and is afraid of all the aspects of a road bike with which she is not familiar. I bought her a pair of 26x1.25 Forte Metro-K tires from Performance Bike.

To saw we were thrilled with the result would be an understatement. It's like a new bike for around $30 of tires and tubes. This should be done much more because it seems like so many people buy less expensive road bikes and are complaining about weight, components less than six months later. Some good bar ends and tires like this on an old mountain bike get them 85% of that beginning road bike using an old mountain bike for minimal cost and allows them to save their money for what they really want once they've been riding, talking to people and figuring out what they really desire out of of their next bike.

Her bike is an old GT Outpost Trail. Her old tires were 26x1.95 knobby.

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I've been running Forte Slick City 1.25" tires from Performance for $10 apiece (sometimes on sale for cheaper). Probably not as durable as some other city tires but quite light and completely slick.

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