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Old 06-07-11, 12:20 PM
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Question about changing out MTB tires

Hi, I have a 1999 Raleigh M80 which I originally purchased with the intention of going off-road. Now, 12 years later (and probably having ridden the bike a dozen time or so on pavement only in all those years), the bike still feels like new with all the original equipment.

Now, I'm starting to ride it with my 2+ yr old sitting in front of me in a seat made by WeeRide Kangaroo LTD. However, the ride is a bit bumpy and harsh due to the tires (I've cranked down on the front suspension so it has less travel). I'm riding mainly on residential paved road and occasionally on un-paved gravel type road.

I would like to change the tires out but am not sure if I need to change the inner tube as well. Any particular tires carried by Amazon (around $30/piece) is recommended? I believe the originals are 26x2.1.

Thanks.
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Old 06-07-11, 12:37 PM
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I'd be looking for a 2" wide slick and I'd run them at about 50 psi. Your current inner tubes will be fine.
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I would replace 12-year-old inner tubes whether they need it or not.

For the type of riding you do, I woulod consider a 1.5 inch slick tire. I would buy an inexpensive set, probably.
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Old 06-07-11, 08:28 PM
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Thanks for the input. I'll get new tubes and keep the existing ones as spare. How do I figure out the min width I can put on my existing rims? These are the rims -- Vuelta Vision. Is there any marking on the rim that will tell me? Reason being I can get a 26x1.25 with Amazon Prime, but not the 26x1.5 for the Kenda Kwest. Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
For the type of riding you do, I woulod consider a 1.5 inch slick tire.
The OP complained that the ride is a bit bumpy and harsh. I'd suggest going to tires that are even bigger than what is on the bike currently. The beach cruiserish 26x2.25 Kenda Flame tires give a very smooth and soft ride. When they're available, the Flames are quite cheap.
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
I would replace 12-year-old inner tubes whether they need it or not.

For the type of riding you do, I woulod consider a 1.5 inch slick tire. I would buy an inexpensive set, probably.
+1

If the inner tubes were a couple years old, I'd probably leave them, but 12 years is starting to get up there in the life of inner tubes.

I would also suggest that narrower tires might smooth out that bumpy, harsh ride on pavement. If you were going off road, you might go wider, but for the type of riding you do, narrower would probably be better.
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Old 06-08-11, 03:53 AM
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Try these - good price, come with new free tubes: http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...ntry-rock-tire

I use them on my daughter's bikes - very nice smooth rolling on the road, and capable on dry trails if the desire strikes you.
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See if there is some marking on the rim that says something like 559-xx where xx is some number indicating the width of the rim in mm. The minimum tire width is about 1.5 times that number in millimeters.
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If the ride is bumpy then go for a wider tyre and put less pressure in it. Narrower tyres will require a higher pressure to stop pinch flats wheras the on the wider tyre you can get away with the lower pressure.
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Originally Posted by laura* View Post
The OP complained that the ride is a bit bumpy and harsh. I'd suggest going to tires that are even bigger than what is on the bike currently. The beach cruiserish 26x2.25 Kenda Flame tires give a very smooth and soft ride. When they're available, the Flames are quite cheap.
Agree completely. Put on the largest street tires your frame willl accomodate and drop the pressure for a more comfy ride for the little one. That is extra weight up front with the seat and little one on board. And those Kenda Flames ARE nice tires.

I`m running 26 x 2.3 Geax Tattoos and 26 x 2.5 Maxxis Hookworms myself and they`re both freestyle BMX tires designed for asphalt. If you want to pump them up to 70 or 80PSI when you`re alone on the bike you can do that too.

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