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Old 09-11-16, 12:26 AM
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Help me choose bicycle tires 😊

Hey everyone. I need help in choosing bicycle tires. So I have been looking up tires and I think I know which tires I want for my commutter/touring bicycle.

I chose the 2016 schwalbe marathon supremes. But should I get the 26x1.60, or the 26x2.0. I will mainly use it for commuting and then the occasional tour. But for now commuting. What does everyone think? Is there a similar brand that has the same tire surface as the marathon supreme?
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Don't over think this.

I use 1.9 tires on my commuter, but it wasn't a scientific decision. In the winter, I'm riding home on concrete roads in full darkness and the wider tire is wider than the joints so more forgiving should I cross one nearly parallel. It also helps if I hit unseen potholes in the dark.

If it weren't for the lousy roads and night time, I'd probably be riding something closer to 1.5".

FWIW - I ride decent quality low end (cheap) tires on that bike because they'll get abused and cut up anyway, and a 6 mile ride doesn't warrant spending more.
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I have the 2.0s, they were the cheaper size on Amazon at the time. I don't think tire width is *that* big a deal if you're not planning on racing around tbh. I take my road bike with 23mm tires on 4wd-only roads all the time.
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i've using 700x23 this past 40 years on all finds of roads no problem i upgraded to 25's only last year conti gatorskins great tire. i also had the supreams on my tourer very good but dodgy side walls (thin) 26x1.75.the trick is getting the right tire pressure for a fast comfy ride ,to low and its sluggish to high and your popping up all over the place but get the pressure spot on and bob's your uncle.have fun.
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Pmr85, The 1.9-2/0" size has been used the most on the 26" wheeled bikes in the family. The size isn't too sensitive to air pressure and works well over mixed road surfaces.

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I sometimes carry a pretty heavy load to work, so I use Schwalbes, but I use the Big Apple 2.35's for a smoother ride. They also work well when I take overnight "tours," especially if I end up on a dirt or gravel road somewhere.

So if your choice is between the 1.6 and the 2.0, my vote is for the 2.0.
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The larger the better😀.
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I've used both sizes on my LHT. For paved touring or commuting I'd go 1.6 and utilize the higher psi for better rolling. For heavy-load-touring and/or unpaved riding I'd go 2.0.
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Carry a 3rd tire with you on tours.

Wire bead on the bike Kevlar bead for the spare will pack flat, but I've coped with a steel bead spare

By simply making it drape over my Rear panniers by pulling it into an oval which made it arc shaped.





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Wider tire + lower psi = more comfortable ride. And forget the Marathons. Not a comfortable tire by any means. Get something like Panaracer Pasela. Supple sidewalls make for a comfortable ride. They're fast, offer good flat protection, and are 1/4 the price of the Marathons.
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Yeah, although lots of people use use Marathons, I haven't read too many glowing reviews of them.
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Yeah, although lots of people use use Marathons, I haven't read too many glowing reviews of them.
they are not the normal Marathon tyres .... these are Marathon Supreme ... a whole different tyre .... rolls pretty fast and is very robust
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they are not the normal Marathon tyres .... these are Marathon Supreme ... a whole different tyre .... rolls pretty fast and is very robust
Oops! My bad. I also thought this was the Commuting forum, so my advice on touring tires is probably null and void anyway.
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Hey everyone. I need help in choosing bicycle tires. So I have been looking up tires and I think I know which tires I want for my commutter/touring bicycle.

I chose the 2016 schwalbe marathon supremes. But should I get the 26x1.60, or the 26x2.0. I will mainly use it for commuting and then the occasional tour. But for now commuting. What does everyone think? Is there a similar brand that has the same tire surface as the marathon supreme?
1.60" for unloaded to medium weight loads going as fast as the motor wants to on good asphalt. Only reason I can see for the 2" tire is if you're carrying a large load . Ridden with both, on paved roads weighing 180 to 230 with 20-30lbs loads. If it was a heavy load and dirt road often I'd pick a rear tire with heavier sidewall before I'd pick a bigger tire, then I'd pick the bigger tire.
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