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Old 01-31-18, 12:16 PM
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Recumbent Tire vs Normal Tire

How is a recumbent tire different from a normal tire?

The spec for the two kinds seem to be exactly the same...
but they have different part number.

Ex.
Primo Comet Recumbent 20 x 1.5 Tire

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Old 01-31-18, 12:30 PM
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no actual difference except that usually 20 in tires are associated with kids or BMX bikes, the Promi is very popular with the laid back and bearded crowd.
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Old 01-31-18, 01:09 PM
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No such thing as a recumbent tire.

That said, I have used 20"/406 Comets on two different recumbent bikes.

(I have a little soul patch)
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Old 01-31-18, 01:09 PM
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And what is a normal tire?
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Old 01-31-18, 01:33 PM
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you market to recumbent owners with something you label as recumbent thing.

I got 2 recumbent mudguards, they sold as an each , because many of those bikes have 2 different sized wheels..

planet bike has a front and rear 20", but only a front 16",, So my Tikit has a 2nd front on the rear
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Old 01-31-18, 03:18 PM
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A recumbent tire is exactly the same as an upright tire, except that it's lying down. Maybe they are marketing the belted version as "recumbent?"
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That reminds me of digital headphones sold in the 1980s.
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As mine is a trike and doesn't lean, i did put some thought into searching out tyres with a flat tread profile. Especially for the rear. But i just bought tubular shaped things instead.



Another thread, perhaps.
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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
No such thing as a recumbent tire. .....
Schwalbe makes a 20"x1.5" tire (Tryker) that is designed and marketed specifically for trikes. They come as standard front tires on most ICE trikes. However, I'm sure it can be used on any 20" wheel regardless of the bike style.
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Old 01-31-18, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
A recumbent tire is exactly the same as an upright tire, except that it's lying down.
Yes! Whether regular or recumbent they look the same. Laid back, the aero belly on the recumbent tire sticks up enough that the height is nearly the same. Be sure to measure the tire height with the valve stem at the bottom.
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There isn't really much of a difference. Just make sure that you measure the tire before you put it on.
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Old 01-31-18, 09:26 PM
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There isn't really much of a difference. Just make sure that you measure the tire before you put it on.
With a special recumbent tape measure.
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Old 02-01-18, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
you market to recumbent owners with something you label as recumbent thing.
+1. Probably this. Throwing in the word "recumbent" will reassure customers that are buying for recumbent bikes. Probably it helps w/search optimization too.
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Old 02-01-18, 08:41 AM
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Yes, you market it as a special "recumbent tire" and raise the price considerably. My 2001 Greenspeed GTO trike originally came with Mitsubishi Tioga Comp(etition) Pool tires. They were designed for use by BMX riders and while a bit expensive were comfortable and fairly long-lived. Mitsubishi stopped making them and I was forced to try tires sold for recumbents. While more expensive they were much shorter lived and less comfortable (Schwalbe) so I went to "non-recumbent" tires for replacements. When I bought my latest trike, a 2013 Catrike 700 it came with Schwalbe Ultremo and Durano tires. I soon returned to using a regular road bike tire (700C X 23) in the rear and 20" Mitsubishi Tioga Powerblock tires in the front. I'm happy with their performance and save a lot of money over the Schwalbe tires. The rear Durano only lasted 300 miles before developing a bulge in the sidewall so I would never again buy a Schwalbe tire.
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Yes, you market it as a special "recumbent tire" and raise the price considerably. My 2001 Greenspeed GTO trike originally came with Mitsubishi Tioga Comp(etition) Pool tires. They were designed for use by BMX riders and while a bit expensive were comfortable and fairly long-lived. Mitsubishi stopped making them and I was forced to try tires sold for recumbents. While more expensive they were much shorter lived and less comfortable (Schwalbe) so I went to "non-recumbent" tires for replacements. When I bought my latest trike, a 2013 Catrike 700 it came with Schwalbe Ultremo and Durano tires. I soon returned to using a regular road bike tire (700C X 23) in the rear and 20" Mitsubishi Tioga Powerblock tires in the front. I'm happy with their performance and save a lot of money over the Schwalbe tires. The rear Durano only lasted 300 miles before developing a bulge in the sidewall so I would never again buy a Schwalbe tire.
I don't ride a trike (except my wife's, on occasion) so I can't really comment on which tires are better for trikes. Her ICE came with Schwalbe tires (20" Tryker's and a 26" Spicer) on all three wheels. She purchased the trike in 2012 and we changed out the original tires in October of last year, after almost 8,000 miles. Replaced them with two new Trykers and a Marathon, since I couldn't find a Spicer online for a decent price. They held up really well for her.
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Bent tires? Usually a more rounded in the belly( mid part) and more hair on the sides, those little rubber whiskers from the tire mold.
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We are bumping into the edge of "bicycle" grease you know.

Recumbent tires, bicycle grease. The Trykers may have some features that are better for bents. Probably more relevant than bicycle grease.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
That reminds me of digital headphones sold in the 1980s.
Or all the "digital" television antennas I saw being marketed after ATSC replaced NTSC in 2009.
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Originally Posted by John_V View Post
Schwalbe makes a 20"x1.5" tire (Tryker) that is designed and marketed specifically for trikes. They come as standard front tires on most ICE trikes. However, I'm sure it can be used on any 20" wheel regardless of the bike style.
Don't think that's true. Tryker tires are flat. Trikes don't lean on turns as do 2 wheelers. I believe Tryker tires on a 2 wheelers would be dangerous in turns.
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Need help cant find tire

Hello all,, i been looking for a new front tire now going on 2 weeks for my e-bike recumbent,, an have had no luck at all, was hoping i could get some help ,,, so the tire size is 16x1.375 an a iso 27to29-349 it cant be smaller then the 27, or bigger then the 29,, or it dont fit in the forks. thanks for any help i get
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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
With a special recumbent tape measure.
What about the special 3D glasse needed to read a recumbent tape measure.
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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
With a special recumbent tape measure.

That would probably be the RTM-1, not to be confused with the TM-1
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I'm surprised so many people don't know this because it's obvious. A recumbent tire is closer to the ground.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
I'm surprised so many people don't know this because it's obvious. A recumbent tire is closer to the ground.

Lemme think about that awhile.
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