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Old 10-30-12, 03:19 PM   #1
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Tyre issue

Is it possible to put MTB tyres on this bike? (Actually I just want tyres with a strong grip to avoid slipping in the rain.) Many thanks, from a bike-commuting newbie.
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You can do it within reason: width will be the limiting factor. But, honestly, I don't think MTB tires would be optimal for what you are trying to achieve. The knobs on a dirt tire put less rubber in contact with the pavement and will probably be squirmier on wet roads. You'd probably be better off with a wide commuting or trekking tire with water siping made to deal with wet roads - - like the Kenda Kwick Trax, Kwick Bitumen or maybe the Maxxis Overdrive. I suppose the one mountain tire that might fill the bill too would be one of the narrower Kenda Small Block Eights.

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Continental Contact or a City Ride. In some places you can get them in sizes up to 47c (which surely won't fit in your frame) and they give great wet and dry traction.

More importantly, slow down while cornering. You don't drive as fast in your car when it's raining and slippery, do you? You can't expect the same amount of traction on wet roads as dry.
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1. As noted above, on wet pavement, knobbier tires are less grippy than less knobby tires.

2. (if you still want new tires) Look for some numbers on the sidewalls of your tires. In the thumbnail I was thinking it was an old 3-speed with 590mm rims and I was thinking no way. After clicking on big pic I'm guessing 700c (622mm rims), but you need to read your tires to find out for sure.

There are a wide array of 700c tires available nowadays. First limiting factor will be fender clearance, they'll probably cut you off @ 34mm cyclocross tires. Next limiting factors will be frame and fork clearances. Wild guess is the frame will shut you down by the time you get to 50mm knobbies.
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