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Old 09-12-11, 06:27 PM
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I am converting my mountain bike into a commuter bike. What kind of tires should I get?! Any links or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-12-11, 06:36 PM
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Assuming you're riding on paved roads or hard-packed dirt, I'd recommend the Schwalbe Marathon. They are cheaper and lighter than the Marathon Plus, yet still plenty puncture resistant.
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Assuming you're riding on paved roads or hard-packed dirt, I'd recommend the Schwalbe Marathon. They are cheaper and lighter than the Marathon Plus, yet still plenty puncture resistant.
What he said... Very nice tires, very durable, not outrageously expensive.
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Vittoria Randonneurs cost a bit less than the regular Marathons (nearly half as much) and have a bit better flat protection, smooth tread, and higher treads per inch.

Can't go wrong with either really. Marathons last longer, but have noticeably worse traction on wet roads, not terrible though.

If you're under ~220lbs on decent roads, a 1.25" tire is plenty. If you're over 200 or ride on crummy roads, think about getting a 1.5" or 1.75", the latter would be more comfortable.

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More info about your bike, your commute, and how much you would want to spend. Nashbar and Performance Bike have house brand tires that are quite cheap. I tried a few different types and rode quite a bit on them before finally starting to move more towards name brand stuff. Not top of the line but a cheap way to get some smoother tires. Also the discount places often have name brand stuff on sale.
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I put Specialized Armadillo Crossroads on my bike and I couldn't be happier with them
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I have Specialized fatboys on my mountain bike turned commuter. I like them a lot.
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26" or 29er?
I'll second the schwalbe Marathons. On width, there is no real detriment to going as wide as you want. IMO may as well use the space that your MTB allows.

After communting on everything from 23c/25/28 and 32mm road tires to 35/37/42 cyclocross and studded tires, I've been riding on the HUGE 2.35" (60mm) Schwalbe Big Apples that I've slapped on my son's 29er while I patiently await my new frame for my upcoming "one bike to do it all" build.
Anyway, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these tires. They are extremely comfortable, yet offer a surprisingly low rolling resistance. I am holding the same speeds on my commute that I would with my 32's, with no discernable increase in effort. My only gripe - boy would it be nice if Schwalbe offered the 2.35's with a folding bead. I can definitely feel the added weight when starting from a stop or on big hills. once off the line, the big wheels just ROLL. The extra air volume makes for a super comfortable ride, and the wide profile makes pavement imperfections, railroad tracks, etc much less of an issue than with narrower tires - they simply make my commute more pleasurable IMO.

So, consider some 50mm slicks - great combo of speed, handling and comfort.

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I know you were asking about tires, but I'd tell you to make sure you don't forget the fenders. Mtn Bikes typically don't have them, but as a commuter, you'll be glad to not show up to work with the skunk stripe. A pair of waterproof panniers (or a bike bucket) is a nice thing to have when you don't have a car to tote things.

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