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New BIG Clyde needs tire recommendations please.

Old 08-09-14, 09:06 PM
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New BIG Clyde needs tire recommendations please.

Hi everyone,
Thanks to many of your posts on this forum and some research I've done, I was able to get a '94 or '95 Trek 850 from a seller on Cragislist for $70 (negotiated down from $120). It seems to be in good shape, shifts and brakes well and is a good fit for me.

The tires are very knobby Michelins and are definitely in need of replacement and I sure could use some expert recommendations before I head to my LBS. From what I've read from Bikepedia and old Trek catalogues, the rear wheel rim seems to be OEM. Its stamped with Araya 26 x 1.50 HE GP-710 and has 36 spokes. The front rim however, seems to have been replaced. It's stamped with Araya 26 x 1.50 HE RX-7 and is also a 36 spoke and doesnt have a stamp on the hub. The front rim also seems to need to be trued which Ill ask my LBS about.

I plan on strictly sticking to pavement and park/beach sidewalk trails at this point so I think I should be looking for smoother tires. Ive seen them referred to as slicks. What brand and size should I look for if I want a very solid and comfortable ride. Im 62 and I weigh 365 (hoping to bring that down a lot more with this bike!). Im obviously looking for tires that can handle the weight of me and the bike along with the 36 spoke rims.

Thanks again for taking the time to answer posts like mine. It has already help me a lot in my search for a bike.
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I would be looking at the Schwalbe Big Apples in the biggest width that will fit your bike. They have a lot more air volume than most tires of similar sizes for a better ride which also takes some strain off of wheels and they actually roll surprisingly well. They also last a very long time, my current set has around 3k miles and still have life in them.

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Welcome. I have a similar bike. I have Bontrager slicks. They work well. No issues for 600 miles as yet.
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Thank you both have for the responses. My LBS seems to carry a lot of Bontrager gear but can also order the Schwalbes. Just need to figure out what size to get and make a decision. The reviews on the Big Apples are impressive!
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I have the Big Apples and weigh 365. They are excellent tires and paired with the 36 spoke rims are an ideal almost bullet proof combo.
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IMHO as long as you get one with a Kevlar belt you will probably be ok :-). Might want to get a spare tube while your at it too....that way you have one on Sunday when the LBS is closed :-).

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Thanks guys. Good tip on the extra tube. Luckily my shop is open Sundays from 11-4 but it still pays to be prepared.
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