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Old 12-19-04, 10:20 AM
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Ok to put narrow tyres on a hybrid???

I currently have a Claud Butler Urban 200 hybrid (www.falconcycles.co.uk) it has 700x42 tyres. I want to put narrower tyres on for speed, maybe some 700x28 or 32. Is this ok to do. I read on web site that it wasn't a good idea to go from 700x42 to say 700x25. Is this true?
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I currently have a Claud Butler Urban 200 hybrid (www.falconcycles.co.uk) it has 700x42 tyres. I want to put narrower tyres on for speed, maybe some 700x28 or 32. Is this ok to do. I read on web site that it wasn't a good idea to go from 700x42 to say 700x25. Is this true?
999,I wish that I could answer your question for certain, but cannot. However I went to the Falcon site, and looked at those hybrid/comfort urban bikes. Those are some nice bikes, until now I was unfamiliar with this brand. About how much does a Urban 200 cost, if you don't mind me asking?
 
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At the bottom of this page, Sheldon Brown has a table of various rim interior width vs tire size. So if you remove your tire and measure the interior of your rim, you will know for sure.

Another trick I have discovered is that the outside width of your rim should NOT be the same width or wider than your tire. The reason: can you say pinch flats and rim damage?
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You can put narrower tires on your hybrid. If your rims are real wide, you may be limited how narrow you can go. I believe www.sheldonbrown.com has some guidelines on this.
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I was working in a shop that sold quite a few of these Urbans a year ago. I don't remember any numbers, but from memory, I'd say you'd be okay with 32s, but not 28s.
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My Urban 200 cost me 400Euro. On the rim where the Vuelta brand sticker is located it says in small writing 21-622. Does this mean that 21s are the narrowest tyres that you can fit? Or that the true wheel size is 700c when a 21 is fitted?

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21 is the width of your rim, so according to Sheldon Brown's table 35 mm would be the narrowest tyres you could use, although 32 may be possible.
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I have a cyclocross bike with Mavic MA3 rims. Currently I have 700x38 tires for winter, but during the summer I use 700x26 tires. I wouldn't go any smaller than that though, and to be honest, in retrospect I think 700x28 would've been a better option. The 700x26 have a pretty harsh ride
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Thanks for the advice. I think I'll go for a set of Continental Sport contacts. Which are 700x37 and, won't cause rim damage etc...These tyres are supposed to be fast and aren't too narrow. They'll be a lot better than the cheapo "CAMEL" tyres fitted as standard!!
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