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Old 06-13-16, 04:43 PM
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I need Bicycle Touring Tire Recommendation 26in.???

I need Bicycle Touring Tire Recommendation for Heavy/Expedition Bike Touring 110lbs load my weight is 230lbs bike 35lbs and I am using Continental Touring plus 26X1.75 on my Surly LHT 26in 52cm 2008... and I am looking at Schwalbe marathon deluxe 26X2.0
121kg, 267lbs load, double defense, folding bead, 720gm, 26x2.0, 50-559, evolution line


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Old 06-13-16, 07:01 PM
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I've been rolling Schwalbe Marathon Greenguard plus in 26x1.5", at 80psi. I weigh 260, plus my 90's steel mtb touring conversion weighs 42 pounds. I've been commuting on them for 2 years, and they held up fine through a series of touring training rides with 44 pounds of dead weight in rear panniers. They also held up fine with 40 pounds of cargo on a recent 3 day tour on a mix of smooth pack rail trails, with a few miles of loose ballast. My work commute takes me through a few hundred feet of loose ballast as well. Zero punctures ever, need to add air about 1x/month. With water, touring load, me & the bike itself, about 350 total pounds & still going on strong. If you're in CONUS, they're cheaper to buy from wiggle.co.uk, about 45% off US price, & free shipping from UK.
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Not that it matters since you are probably just going to go with the Schwalbe's but I dig the Conti's and probably wouldn't switch those out unless maybe going with a Travel Contact? Conti's last really quite a long time for me and perform like champs.

Nothing against Schwalbe but why mess with a good tire unless you are having issues with it or you want a width that brand doesn't make in the style you need?

The only plan I have for not using a Conti tire is on my vintage road bike which I am hoping to use Spesh Turbo Cottons which are an open tubular design (basically unvulcanized clincher) because I don't ride the bike in wet conditions and I think it would really look and perform quite swell without me having to get tubs.
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Why not got up a level to the Marathon Mondial? Rated to 286lbs each, about the same weight. Hibike, bike24 and bike-discount, all in Germany are the cheapest. I've had good service from all 3.
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I thought you already got new tires and spares?
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all shopping no touring?

anything .. buy 3 bring a spare. problem solved.
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Originally Posted by Trevtassie View Post
Why not got up a level to the Marathon Mondial? Rated to 286lbs each, about the same weight. Hibike, bike24 and bike-discount, all in Germany are the cheapest. I've had good service from all 3.
I am in Oceanside, California and bank of America has a $5.00 to $10.00 bank card free
and i am looking more at Schwalbe marathon deluxe hs420 26x2.0
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Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
I thought you already got new tires and spares?
not yet
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FWIW, I have done long distance self-supported tours in Australia 1 month to 6 + weeks with a max distance 2747 kn. The trouble with my first Schwalbe tyres was blowing the sidewalls if I had them at 50 psi.

On my last trip I had them at 65 to 70 psi and they were fine. The Schwalbe tyres are 50-559. They say Marathon Plus on them. The original ones?? Done know.
BUT, I am/was 106 kg. The empty bike was 18 kg and with 4 panniers of all gear and food needed for a self supported tour... no need for me to calculate the total load on the tyres. I went dirt and pavement on the tours.

65 psi seems to be the key to longevity with these tyres.
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Originally Posted by Biketouringhobo View Post
I am in Oceanside, California and bank of America has a $5.00 to $10.00 bank card free
and i am looking more at Schwalbe marathon deluxe hs420 26x2.0
Pretty sure at least one uses Paypal...
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Originally Posted by Biketouringhobo View Post
not yet
I recommend a Mondiale for the rear and a Big Ben for the front with a Supreme for a spare.
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Pretty sure at least one uses Paypal...
I don't use Paypal and don't know how to use it
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Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
I recommend a Mondiale for the rear and a Big Ben for the front with a Supreme for a spare.
I can't use 26X6.0 as a spare and my rims say 26x1.75in up
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26-1.75 is sufficient 559-47 . schwalbe or continental or 1 of each ..
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I use a lowly "Bell 'roundabout'" (manu., by Cheng Shin) 26" x 1.75" for my commuting duties.

My bike weighs similar to yours ~35lbs and i weigh more than you ~250lbs. Plus i carry a pack ~30lbs and office clothes/shoes in my panniers on the front rack - say ~15lbs.

So, all in there is ~330lbs that rides on my lowly "Bell 'roundabout'" 26" x 1.75" tires (manu., by Cheng Shin) weekly across all sorts of surfaces from smooth, new cement to asphalt (which is hugely cracked making some very hard bumps).

I've had these tires for about 3 years now and close to 2,000 miles on them with no failures and still plenty of good tread left.

Don't over think this - and it seems like you are struggling with making this decision. It's easy to fall into analysis-paralysis and over-think even reasonably simple decisions.

I'm sure you will be just fine with many of these higher-spec tires. Just watch where/what you ride over. Its hard for me to envision riding over broken glass - maybe i'm just too cautious of where i ride and what i ride over...., but i just never ride over "stuff" in the road/trail.
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I have Schwalbe Marathon Tours on our tandem, 26x2. They ride awesome and long lasting. The Marathon tour pros that are on my 520 made it all away across Canada and still have plenty of life to them. Thumbs down Continental Tours-thumbs down. Maybe want to consider more than 36 spokes considering the weight.
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Originally Posted by tmac100 View Post
FWIW, I have done long distance self-supported tours in Australia 1 month to 6 + weeks with a max distance 2747 kn. The trouble with my first Schwalbe tyres was blowing the sidewalls if I had them at 50 psi.

On my last trip I had them at 65 to 70 psi and they were fine. The Schwalbe tyres are 50-559. They say Marathon Plus on them. The original ones?? Done know.
BUT, I am/was 106 kg. The empty bike was 18 kg and with 4 panniers of all gear and food needed for a self supported tour... no need for me to calculate the total load on the tyres. I went dirt and pavement on the tours.

65 psi seems to be the key to longevity with these tyres.
G'day Tmac, didn't sound like you had any issues but I'm personally very wary of the pressure in high volume tires.
Not so much issues with the tires, but I've read of many people having problems with large tires/psi over 50 and rims cracking.
I read so many problems with this combo that I tend to ignore the tire manufacturers recommendations and run my fatter 622 tires between 30 to 50 psi dependant on load carried and route surface.
By fatter I mean 50 to 60mm (2.00 to 2.35').
The Velocity rims in particular appeared from the online evidence (hearsay) to be particularly susceptible to the issue.
It didn't put me off from buying my Dyad rims but has determined me to utilise lower pressures.
I've noticed no detriment to rolling resistance.
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My 36mm Marathon Plusses have 5000 miles on them, including my tour of SE Asia. NO flats. 2 days ago I saw fit to rotate them. Could likely do a trans AM yet. My load is 290 lbs.
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Originally Posted by Biketouringhobo View Post
I can't use 26X6.0 as a spare and my rims say 26x1.75in up
The tires I mentioned are all 26" X 2.0"

It's ok, the ones you're thinking of are perfect also.
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Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
The tires I mentioned are all 26" X 2.0"

It's ok, the ones you're thinking of are perfect also.
I think I am getting the Schwalbe marathon Deluxe 26X2.0
is a Folding tires, and $60.22 USD X 2= $120.44
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