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I committed the ultimate sin, and purchased a hybrid...

Old 10-21-13, 10:08 AM
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I committed the ultimate sin, and purchased a hybrid...

I ride a 8.3 mile trail to work every day, it is mostly very loose gravel and sand. You may ridicule me, but I purchased a hybrid as not to stress my Raod Baby out, and cause any unneeded damage. I have a Trek 2.1 road bike, and now a Trek 7.4 hybrid. It has road tires on it though, and I need help finding some trail worthy tread. Does anyone know much about tread for a 700c tire?

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Old 10-21-13, 10:14 AM
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Favourite has been the Schwalbe CX Compe... should run around $25.00 - $30.00 from most shops.

They have excellent rollout on pavement and great off road performance with wonderful puncture resistance.

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Bike tires direct has some pretty decent tires. Reviews & desc from the MFG's should get you what you want. That's how picked my tires. Been pretty happy. They are sewups. Probably not going to help you.
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No sin from what I can tell. I have a hybrid (7.2 FX) that I used for commuting with size 28 tires.
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Old 10-21-13, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by tjax View Post
I ride a 8.3 mile trail to work every day, it is mostly very loose gravel and sand. You may ridicule me, but I purchased a hybrid as not to stress my Raod Baby out, and cause any unneeded damage. I have a Trek 2.1 road bike, and now a Trek 7.4 hybrid. It has road tires on it though, and I need help finding some trail worthy tread. Does anyone know much about tread for a 700c tire?

Tim

Awwww, why not go for a Cyclocross bike? They're so much cooler...
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Old 10-21-13, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Mithrandir View Post
Awwww, why not go for a Cyclocross bike? They're so much cooler...
I really want a cyclocross, but I have to save up for it, I needed an interim solution to not trash my roadie. So far it's working really well and I like it. Cyclocross is my next purchase though.

My wife is rather.... frustrated by having two bikes in my home, since I refuse to put them outside, I need to find a way to gain some leverage for adding a third HAHA.

EDIT: I bet if I lose 40 punds I could convince her of the "necessity." HAHA

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Old 10-21-13, 02:57 PM
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My wife is rather.... frustrated by having two bikes in my home, since I refuse to put them outside, I need to find a way to gain some leverage for adding a third HAHA.
This is why I'm looking for a house with a 2-car garage. The 2nd bay will be for my bicycles.
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This is why I'm looking for a house with a 2-car garage. The 2nd bay will be for my bicycles.
Most often heard complaint in my household. "I don't understand why your bike, which was made for the outdoors must reside in the house."

To stay happily married I just bite my tongue and say "maybe someday we can find a rack for our house or something." So far I am still happily married, so a third bike might lead me through treacherous waters.
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I ride a hybrid, didn't know I was sinning.
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My commuter/light tourer is a hybrid. I don't even own a true road bike unless you want to count my 1978 Schwinn Traveller II.
Not great for sand or loose gravel, but I'm currently running on 700x42c Kenda Kouriers (which they no longer make for bicycles).
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I have Michelin Jet Cyclocross tires on my single speed On-One Pompino. Makes for a great camp bike and has very low rolling resistance. I also commute to work on it on occasion (7 miles each way). I'd recommend them for the type of riding you plan, and they'd fit great on your Trek.
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Aside from the UJB 10-speed I had in high school and college (until it was stolen from my back porch in Chicago), the first grown-up bike I had was a Trek Multitrack 730 hybrid, purchased in 1997 and used regularly until I got my first drop-bar bike in 2008. I put a lot of miles on that bike, and I still have it now, set up for visitors and for use as an ice bike in the winter. I thought about converting it to drop bars; the geometry isn't that far off from a touring bike, but I decided that the cost of swapping out bars, shifters, and drivetrain was greater than the price of a new Long Haul Trucker.

As far as trail-worthy tread: I rode D2R2 (only the 100K) this August on Grand Bois Hetre tires, which have little appreciable tread, and I was fine. Unless your trail is essentially singletrack, I'm not sure you need much tread.
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Old 10-22-13, 06:58 AM
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Originally Posted by IAMAMRA View Post
I ride a hybrid, didn't know I was sinning.
I want a hybrid and it's all I can maybe afford, so I am a future forced sinner, LOL.
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Have you ridden the commute with the current tires yet? They might be fine. Anything that gives you more grip in the loose stuff will slow you down on hard surfaces, so there is a tradeoff.
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I've got Schwalbe Smart Sams in 700c x 40mm on my gravel grinder and stuff has to get pretty loose before I'd want more tire. I've ridden them on the single-track through the sandhills in the area and only on a couple very loose, fairly steep grades did I spin out.
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This is why I'm looking for a house with a 2-car garage. The 2nd bay will be for my bicycles.
Until that's full of bikes and tool chests, then you have to go rent a storage unit for the run over.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
Have you ridden the commute with the current tires yet? They might be fine. Anything that gives you more grip in the loose stuff will slow you down on hard surfaces, so there is a tradeoff.

I have there are two steep points on the trail where I suddenly lose traction and the tires slip while I try to struggle up the hill. Rest of the trail, no problems.
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My hybrid still rides the fully stock Kenda K-192(w/K-Shield) size 700x35c tires. Seems low maintenance for the 1,000 + miles I've put on them so far, and runs smooth enough on the unpaved towpath (gravel, sand, stone dust, you-name-it).

BTW, I'd just like to echo others in this thread in saying riding a Hybrid is no sin, perhaps owning one but NOT riding it is though.
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My hybrid still rides the fully stock Kenda K-192(w/K-Shield) size 700x35c tires. Seems low maintenance for the 1,000 + miles I've put on them so far, and runs smooth enough on the unpaved towpath (gravel, sand, stone dust, you-name-it).

BTW, I'd just like to echo others in this thread in saying riding a Hybrid is no sin, perhaps owning one but NOT riding it is though.

HAHA the sin thing is a joke, in response to all those posts I have read criticizing those who want to buy one. Mostly claiming people need to "commit to one or the other" and "you'll never lose weight from a hybrid." I don't give two poops about what other people think so I bought one, and gave the thread a mocking title.

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