Notices
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

Tires too big

Old 02-07-18, 09:28 AM
  #1  
MargoB
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Tires too big

Hi there,
I bought new tires for my fixed gear, but they are too big... can't return them so do you guys have an idea how to fit them on my bike? Maybe polish the frame till there is a pit or something like that. Pretty desperate so any help is welcome!
Thanks
MargoB is offline  
Old 02-07-18, 09:41 AM
  #2  
Scrodzilla
Your cog is slipping.
 
Scrodzilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Posts: 26,054
Mentioned: 41 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 640 Post(s)
Liked 99 Times in 57 Posts
Originally Posted by MargoB View Post
Maybe polish the frame till there is a pit or something like that.
Scrodzilla is offline  
Old 02-07-18, 09:42 AM
  #3  
phobus
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: South FL
Posts: 324
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 153 Post(s)
Liked 52 Times in 29 Posts
Whether this is possible, let alone a good idea, let alone one worth spending your time on, depends on so many things. For one, how much clearance do you need? You're almost certainly better off just buying the correct size tires.
phobus is offline  
Old 02-07-18, 09:53 AM
  #4  
79pmooney
A Roadie Forever
 
79pmooney's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 10,742

Bikes: (2) ti TiCycles, 2007 w/ triple and 2011 fixed, 1979 Peter Mooney, ~1983 Trek 420 now fixed and ~1973 Raleigh Carlton Competition gravel grinder

Mentioned: 115 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3552 Post(s)
Liked 2,348 Times in 1,537 Posts
Originally Posted by MargoB View Post
Hi there,
I bought new tires for my fixed gear, but they are too big... can't return them so do you guys have an idea how to fit them on my bike? Maybe polish the frame till there is a pit or something like that. Pretty desperate so any help is welcome!
Thanks
Be aware that tires stretch with time after being inflated. Whatever you do now to get enough clearance to ride the bike will not be enough in a few weeks. Far better to just consider this a learning experience, get the right size and ride in peace of mind. (We've all made similar mistakes. You weren't the first and won't be the last.)

Ben
79pmooney is online now  
Old 02-07-18, 04:38 PM
  #5  
seau grateau
Senior Member
 
seau grateau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: PHL
Posts: 9,948

Bikes: Litespeed Catalyst, IRO Rob Roy, All City Big Block

Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1332 Post(s)
Liked 391 Times in 188 Posts
Get different tires.
seau grateau is offline  
Old 02-07-18, 05:07 PM
  #6  
UltraManDan
Senior Member
 
UltraManDan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Gainesville, FL
Posts: 408

Bikes: 2015 Aventon Diamond

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 151 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
Get different tires.
Or since you are dead set on using these tires, just get a different bike that has the needed tire clearance.
UltraManDan is offline  
Old 02-07-18, 06:15 PM
  #7  
DiabloScott
It's MY mountain
 
DiabloScott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Mt.Diablo
Posts: 9,614

Bikes: Klein, Merckx, Trek

Mentioned: 66 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3558 Post(s)
Liked 1,924 Times in 1,042 Posts
If it's the brake bridge that's in the way - saw it off!

DiabloScott is offline  
Old 02-07-18, 06:21 PM
  #8  
brianmcg123
Senior Member
 
brianmcg123's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: TN
Posts: 1,281

Bikes: 2013 Trek Madone; 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 355 Post(s)
Liked 57 Times in 34 Posts
I think itís a great idea.
brianmcg123 is offline  
Old 02-07-18, 08:04 PM
  #9  
REDMASTA
Senior Member
 
REDMASTA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Traveling through time, will return last week.
Posts: 730

Bikes: Bare Rum Sword Knuckle Runner

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 278 Post(s)
Liked 122 Times in 64 Posts
Just install them and ride it. Either your frame will wear in to fit the tires or the tires will explode and you can buy new ones when you get out of the hospital.
REDMASTA is offline  
Old 02-08-18, 04:31 PM
  #10  
steve-in-kville 
Warehouse Monkey
 
steve-in-kville's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Lebanon Co., Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,600
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 302 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by REDMASTA View Post
Just install them and ride it. Either your frame will wear in to fit the tires or the tires will explode and you can buy new ones when you get out of the hospital.
__________________
'10 Specialized Hardrock
steve-in-kville is offline  
Old 02-08-18, 07:14 PM
  #11  
czr
Senior Member
 
czr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 69
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 28 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Sell the tires.
czr is offline  
Old 02-11-18, 05:56 PM
  #12  
Fahrenheit531 
No Chain Lube Preference
 
Fahrenheit531's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 3,941

Bikes: Schwinn Volare ('78); Raleigh Competition GS ('79)

Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 713 Post(s)
Liked 508 Times in 269 Posts
__________________
A race bike in any era is a highly personal choice that at its "best" balances the requirements of fit, weight, handling, durability and cost tempered by the willingness to toss it and oneself down the pavement at considerable speed. ~Bandera
Fahrenheit531 is offline  
Old 02-11-18, 11:37 PM
  #13  
ThermionicScott 
working on my sandal tan
 
ThermionicScott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CID
Posts: 22,062

Bikes: 1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX, 1980s Raleigh mixte (hers), All-City Space Horse (hers)

Mentioned: 95 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3636 Post(s)
Liked 2,070 Times in 1,314 Posts
Originally Posted by MargoB View Post
Hi there,
I bought new tires for my fixed gear, but they are too big... can't return them
Get over your fear of confrontation and just about anything is possible.
__________________
Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
Originally Posted by noglider
People in this forum are not typical.
RUSA #7498
ThermionicScott is offline  
Old 02-12-18, 12:00 AM
  #14  
Carcosa
Senior Member
 
Carcosa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Raleigh
Posts: 1,060
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 332 Post(s)
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
This thread rules.

Lets recap:

- Sell tires
- Return tires
- Modify bike frame
- Ride tires towards hospital
Carcosa is offline  
Old 02-12-18, 12:15 PM
  #15  
ThermionicScott 
working on my sandal tan
 
ThermionicScott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CID
Posts: 22,062

Bikes: 1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX, 1980s Raleigh mixte (hers), All-City Space Horse (hers)

Mentioned: 95 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3636 Post(s)
Liked 2,070 Times in 1,314 Posts
Originally Posted by Carcosa View Post
This thread rules.

Lets recap:

- Sell tires
- Return tires
- Modify bike frame
- Ride tires towards hospital
There's something zen about low-information OPs. In the expert's mind, there are few possibilities. But to the beginner's mind, there are many.
__________________
Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
Originally Posted by noglider
People in this forum are not typical.
RUSA #7498
ThermionicScott is offline  
Old 02-12-18, 12:47 PM
  #16  
tyrion
Senior Member
 
tyrion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: San Diego, California
Posts: 3,782

Bikes: Velo Orange Piolet

Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2031 Post(s)
Liked 1,574 Times in 765 Posts
Originally Posted by MargoB View Post
Hi there,
I bought new tires for my fixed gear, but they are too big... can't return them so do you guys have an idea how to fit them on my bike? Maybe polish the frame till there is a pit or something like that. Pretty desperate so any help is welcome!
Thanks
Bite the bullet and get new tires. Try to sell the too-big tires for half price.
tyrion is offline  
Old 02-12-18, 01:06 PM
  #17  
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Posts: 27,566

Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint, GT Timberline 29r, Trek FX Alpha 7.0

Mentioned: 108 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4624 Post(s)
Liked 2,319 Times in 1,584 Posts
once broke a tooth on a pit so I vote for not polishing the bike
rumrunn6 is offline  
Old 02-12-18, 01:27 PM
  #18  
prooftheory
pro in someone's theory
 
prooftheory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Posts: 3,236

Bikes: FTP

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 72 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I bought a Tesla but my gas station only carries gas and not electricity. Is there some mod I can do to make the thing run on gas?
prooftheory is offline  
Old 02-12-18, 02:11 PM
  #19  
REDMASTA
Senior Member
 
REDMASTA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Traveling through time, will return last week.
Posts: 730

Bikes: Bare Rum Sword Knuckle Runner

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 278 Post(s)
Liked 122 Times in 64 Posts
Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
I bought a Tesla but my gas station only carries gas and not electricity. Is there some mod I can do to make the thing run on gas?
Could use a gas generator to charge it. Not the fastest but would work. Most of our electricity still comes from burning fossil fuels of some sort.
REDMASTA is offline  
Old 02-12-18, 02:14 PM
  #20  
prooftheory
pro in someone's theory
 
prooftheory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Posts: 3,236

Bikes: FTP

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 72 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Should I just stick the generator in the passenger seat and run a cable out to the charging plug or rig some sort of harness to attach it to the outside?
prooftheory is offline  
Old 02-12-18, 02:59 PM
  #21  
REDMASTA
Senior Member
 
REDMASTA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Traveling through time, will return last week.
Posts: 730

Bikes: Bare Rum Sword Knuckle Runner

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 278 Post(s)
Liked 122 Times in 64 Posts
Passenger seat works and maybe another in the backseat so you can run them in parallel.
REDMASTA is offline  
Old 02-12-18, 03:27 PM
  #22  
prooftheory
pro in someone's theory
 
prooftheory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Posts: 3,236

Bikes: FTP

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 72 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Should I vent them out the window or just straight into my face?
prooftheory is offline  
Old 02-12-18, 04:41 PM
  #23  
REDMASTA
Senior Member
 
REDMASTA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Traveling through time, will return last week.
Posts: 730

Bikes: Bare Rum Sword Knuckle Runner

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 278 Post(s)
Liked 122 Times in 64 Posts
Run them with the windows up, will help keep you warm during the winter, but roll them back down if you black out.

Last edited by REDMASTA; 02-12-18 at 04:45 PM. Reason: Obviously joking carbon monoxide is bad mkay
REDMASTA is offline  
Old 02-12-18, 04:47 PM
  #24  
SquidPuppet
Calamari Marionette Ph.D
 
SquidPuppet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Coeur d' Alene
Posts: 7,862

Bikes: 3 Chinese Gas Pipe Nerdcycles and 2 Chicago Electroforged Boat Anchors

Mentioned: 75 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2357 Post(s)
Liked 29 Times in 25 Posts
Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
Should I vent them out the window or just straight into my face?

Mount the generator near the batteries....to keep them warm.
SquidPuppet is offline  
Old 02-12-18, 06:20 PM
  #25  
prooftheory
pro in someone's theory
 
prooftheory's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Posts: 3,236

Bikes: FTP

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 72 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
This reminds me of the time when I was running studded tires on my fuji track pro.
prooftheory is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
eposka23
Commuting
29
10-14-16 03:44 AM
Scottjbwmn
General Cycling Discussion
1
05-15-16 05:37 PM
bikingtotown
Commuting
14
02-09-15 06:10 PM
LordMarv
Commuting
7
08-06-14 09:07 AM
ph4nt0mf1ng3rs
Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
43
07-17-10 04:33 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.