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Old 09-05-11, 10:19 PM
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Slick tires? Elroy Spara and Military Ridge trails

I see a lot of posts that talk about the thickness of tires needed for the Elroy Spara and Military Ridge trails, but not the tread style needed.

Here are the tires I'm looking at:
FRONT- Continental Travel Contact Tire - 26 x 1.75
https://www.rei.com/product/709110/co...-tire-26-x-175

REAR - Continental Sport Contact Tire - 26 x 1.6
https://www.rei.com/product/711641/co...t-tire-26-x-16

My goal is to avoid changing tires and still do street riding. Will I be able to handle converted rail trails with this setup, or should I give up some street speed and get Travel Contact (or other semi-slicks) for both the front and rear?

Some background, I have an old mountain bike with all the features, but the tires are old and worn semi-slick tires. I'm not in the market for a new bike, only tires. I'm a newbie on this site but not to basic biking. After googling and reading a ton, I noticed that both this site and Sheldon Brown had almost every answer. Which is why I'm here;I respect your opinions. Can you folks help give me any advice?

Thanks for your time,
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Old 09-06-11, 11:56 AM
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Most, not all, of Wisconsins rail-trails use crushed limestone screenings. I have ridden with 700-23 and had some of the small screenings work their way through to the tube causing a flat. My opinion is 700-25 or larger has a bit more thickness to the tread to prevent this. Another reason for a wider tire is to prevent sinking into the trail if it is wet. The Elroy-Sparta is very well compacted from the years and volume of usage. I am not all that familiar with the characteristics of 26" tires. I have a 26 x 1.75 on my old mountain bike and find ample tread thickness and put on over 50 miles on the trail from Sparta to La Crosse, I don't think the tires you mention would have any problems whatsoever on the trails. Enjoy the ride!
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The tires you specified are very similar to tires I use to ride crushed limestone trails, including Elroy-Sparta - they will work fine for you - enjoy!.
https://www.kendausa.com/en/home/bicy...py-medium.aspx
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So running a slick 1.6" wide tire shouldn't be a problem? If so I'm set. What do you folks think?

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