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MCL1981
03-18-2012, 11:39 AM
I'd like to ditch the 26x2 knobby mtn bike tires I have now for some road tires. Of these, does anyone have experience or recommendations? My riding is nearly all on roads or paved trails. Occasionally I venture onto the C&O.

http://www.rei.com/search?cat=4500138&jxWheel size=26+inches&jxTread type=Slick+tread&jxTread type=Semi-slick+tread&jxTread+type=Inverted+tread&hist=cat%2C4500138%3ABike+Tires+and+Tubes^jxWheel+ size%2C26+inches^jxTread+type%2CSlick+tread^jxTrea d+type%2CSemi-slick+tread^jxTread+type%2CInverted+tread
(http://www.rei.com/search?cat=4500138&jxWheel size=26+inches&jxTread type=Slick+tread&jxTread type=Semi-slick+tread&jxTread+type=Inverted+tread&hist=cat%2C4500138%3ABike+Tires+and+Tubes^jxWheel+ size%2C26+inches^jxTread+type%2CSlick+tread^jxTrea d+type%2CSemi-slick+tread^jxTread+type%2CInverted+tread)

mstone
03-18-2012, 01:35 PM
I use the continental contact, but in 700c. Dunno how different they'd be in 26". I've been pretty happy with them.

MCL1981
03-18-2012, 05:55 PM
Based on the web reviews, and that it was the narrowest of the ones available, I went with the Michelin City Trekking 26 x 1.4. The reviews were all great, no cons, and there is a reflective band around the sidewall. I put them on this evening. I've never ridden with road tire before. HOLY CRAP! It's like a totally different bike.

Any advice for someone new to road tires like this as far as handling, turns, braking, etc?


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-NqS8mT4CIc8/T2Zm-K5u5tI/AAAAAAAAArs/rYwYjWZVxJg/s640/IMAG0079.jpg

KLizotte
03-18-2012, 07:08 PM
Are those lights by the front wheel axis?
839

MCL1981
03-18-2012, 07:27 PM
Yep, those are the low beams :cool:. The giant 1,200 lumen death ray on the front of the handlebars is WAY too bright for oncoming bikes/peds on the trail. So the high/low switch on my control panel turns off the deer-buster and turns on those small LED's on the forks

http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?1517-Anti-ninja-deer-buster-two-wheeled-sunrise-Phase-1-completed!

DaveK
03-18-2012, 08:35 PM
Any advice for someone new to road tires like this as far as handling, turns, braking, etc?


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-NqS8mT4CIc8/T2Zm-K5u5tI/AAAAAAAAArs/rYwYjWZVxJg/s640/IMAG0079.jpg

Dunno if you ride motorcycles but don't corner on a bicycle like you would a motorcycle. Keep your weight centered above the bike, don't lean off. The tires need your weight pressing down to maintain a good contact patch. You shouldn't lean it over too much. Put your outside pedal down through the corner. If you need to stick out your inside knee you can do that. In the corner, keep the pressure on the outside pedal.

vvill
03-18-2012, 09:01 PM
This might be obvious to you already, but if not - keep the tire pressure up. When I first put slick 26x1.25 tires on my MTB I got a couple of pinch flats before I realised the tire pressure was not what it should've been. With wider MTB tires you can really leave them for a while before needing re-inflation.

MCL1981
03-18-2012, 09:16 PM
It says something like 40 to 85 PSI. I have them at 60 and they're solid. I can't imagine going up to 85.

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OneEighth
03-18-2012, 09:51 PM
If you are riding on trails or roads, you may as well go to full pressure and enjoy the benefits of a non-knobby, higher pressure tire. 85 frankly isn't that high and you've still got plenty of rolling resistance and squish in the corners, though it will feel like a big improvement over low-pressure knobbies on pavement.

KLizotte
03-18-2012, 09:56 PM
It says something like 40 to 85 PSI. I have them at 60 and they're solid. I can't imagine going up to 85.

I would use a floor pump and pump them up till you feel a lot of push back (which should be right about 85). I would only lower the PSI if I were going on something like the C&O. The higher the pressure, the easier it is to ride on pavement. Anyway, that's how I operate my tires and no pinch flats or problems.

That's an amazing light setup.

off2ride
03-18-2012, 11:13 PM
That's a lot of lumens.

culimerc
03-19-2012, 09:15 AM
That would make MCL1981 the "Lumennotti" (sorry had to do it)

MCL1981
03-19-2012, 11:37 AM
You know how the trails are all old railroads? At night, I look like the train is back :p

5555624
03-20-2012, 07:19 AM
It says something like 40 to 85 PSI. I have them at 60 and they're solid. I can't imagine going up to 85.

Give 'em a try at 85. When I first swtiched from knobbies, I went with 60-65. Once I tried 85, though, I stayed with it. In the last ten years or so, I think the only time I ried 'em at 60 or so is if I've gotten a flat and 60 was quicker witht he hand pump.

MCL1981
03-20-2012, 08:24 AM
Holy crap. What a difference. This is amazing. Why didn't someone slap for not doing this sooner?