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Old 04-24-11, 02:21 AM   #1
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Badboy tire swap question

Hi all, this is my very first post.

I just bought a used 2010 Badboy Ultra Solo, it's got stock Schwalbe tread-less 700 28 on it now, I am worry I may slide when I ride it on the streets, I am thinking to change them to Schwalbe Road Cruiser, I also like wider tires, my question is can I put 700 32 tires on to the rim that originally came with the 700 28 tires.

I will order the tires online and try to swap the tires myself, what kinda tools do I need to change tires? Will the 28 tube work with 32 tires?

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The fact that the tires are treadless does not you will slide on them.
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I think tread designs on road tires is really just a marketing gimmick. I prefer slicks when I can get them. Check out roadracing motorcycles some time.... no tread at all, and they are doing lean angles and speeds that would make you soil your britches on a bicycle. Those Schwalbes are great tires. Leave them on until you wear them out. I have 700x30 Schwalbe Marathon Slicks on my Fuji Absolute 2.0 and really like them.

Yes, you can likely put 700x32s on the rims you have. The problem might be brake and / or frame clearance, but you'll probably be OK there.

As far as tools, if you are lucky all you need is a pump. I have had tire / rim combinations that I could mount and dismount just using my fingers and thumbs, and I had a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700x28s that I had to use three steel tire irons on every time they went on or off the rims, and they were STILL so hard to do that I would pinch the tube 3/4 times. I finally took them off, because I can't run a tire that I can't fix on the road.

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Going from 28 to 32mm on your rims is probably not an issue. I would worry more about clearance to the frame.

As for tools, buy a set of tire levers. Those are all you should need to swap the tires.
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