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Preference: Fat or Skinny Tires?

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Old 05-24-07, 11:40 AM
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Preference: Fat or Skinny Tires?

just curious what you guys prefer and why.

i've been riding 700x23's for awhile now but think my next pair will be something wider when these wear out.
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Old 05-24-07, 11:52 AM
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28s. Brick streets, yo.
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Old 05-24-07, 11:53 AM
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I like 35s. Could be skinny or fat.
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Old 05-24-07, 12:09 PM
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the right tool for the right job. For real smooth pavement, 23, for gravel paths 32 or bigger. I mostly run 25s and 28s though a nice compromise since the pavement isn't always smooth.

I rode this fixed on 25s, and it was doable
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23s on my commuter.
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Old 05-24-07, 12:15 PM
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i run 23s.... i only have clearance up to 28s.
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Fat. 700X28.
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Old 05-24-07, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by mattface
the right tool for the right job. For real smooth pavement, 23, for gravel paths 32 or bigger. I mostly run 25s and 28s though a nice compromise since the pavement isn't always smooth.

I rode this fixed on 25s, and it was doable
that is amazing.
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23s for everything unless it's dedicated off-road/cobbles/stone/gravel/snow then 32s

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Originally Posted by dijos
that is amazing.
Colchester causeway, 2 miles out in Lake Champlain.
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26x1.25 is the new 700x23
get on that NOW!
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28 for my race bike. 32-35 for my touring bikes. I just feel more secure with a little more width and tires that get decent traction. Some roads I find myself on are pretty rough. 23's , just not very much tire.
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road bike - 23

for fun fixed - 23

commuter cross bike wheels - 23

road wheels for cross bike - 23

single track riding wheels for cross bike - 35

BUT i am going to be putting 28s on my other fixed soon

why
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i am making a minor project out of commuterizing this bike and nothing says commuter more than 28s
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700x23 front, 700x25 rear. The 25 in the back is usually because I don't read the label close enough, but I've become pretty fond of the combo.

26x1.5
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Fatties, coz they fit fine! CrossCheck: 700 x 50 Schwalbe Marathon Supreme front, 700 x 35 Schwalbe Kojak rear
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lets see a pic bikku
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Older pic; both front and rear are 700x35 Kojaks. I need to borrow g/fs digicam...

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yur saddle looks like a triceratops head
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it came in a meat package
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25 front, 28 rear. My fat ass causes snakebite punctures on skinnier rear tires.
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700x25 michelin dynamic (sucks) front, 700X 28 gatorskin rear
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Originally Posted by andypants
700x23 front, 700x25 rear. The 25 in the back is usually because I don't read the label close enough, but I've become pretty fond of the combo.

26x1.5
seems like a good enough idea to me, a little more surface area for skid durability and air capacity for the added stress the rear wheel goes through.
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Originally Posted by andre nickatina
seems like a good enough idea to me, a little more surface area for skid durability and air capacity for the added stress the rear wheel goes through.
I run the opposite (25 in front 23 in back). 25 in front for better control.
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