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26" tyres for 26" wheels .. on not???

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by snapper_37, 21 May 2008.

  1. snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    Location:
    Wolves
    Hi

    Mate of mine at work got a bog standard MTB which he wanted to make a bit quicker for commuting. I advised to change the tyres to some slicks. The wheels/tyres already fitted were the usual 26". Found him a pair of Michellin, size 26" x 1 3/8 ". The diameter of these are too big and won't fit. Is this correct?

    Any advice appreciated, thanks.

    snapper_37
     
  2. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    that's right. 590mm not 559 mm.

    it's all here>>>>

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
     
  3. OP
    OP
    snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    Location:
    Wolves
    Thanks hubgear. I'm even more confused now but thanks for the info! Can someone tell me what size tyre he would need then?
     
  4. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    No idea, but I like your avatar, snapper! :smile:
     
  5. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    you've read the link? no:wacko:

    your mtb wheels are 559mm diameter. any 559mm diameter tyres will fit.
     
  6. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

  7. OP
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    snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    Location:
    Wolves
    Yes I read the link Hub (well partially as I'm supposed to be working :smile:. So any 559s will do .... awww I get it now!

    Thanks a lot for helping out :biggrin:

    PS - thanks pinkypossum .....
     
  8. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    Location:
    North Lanarkshire
    I use Specialized Nimbus Armadillo tyres, they'd fit, are very fast and very hard to puncture.
     
  9. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    With 26" it has to be a decimal size for MTBs e.g. 26x1.25. If it has a fraction e.g. 26x1¼ it'll be the old 26" size!

    That's only a general guideline, but one that should work.
     
  10. John Ponting

    John Ponting Über Member

    Location:
    Herts
    snapper

    loads of good advice up there ^ but just one more ...


    read the sidewall of the existing tyre - there should be 26" x ???? as well as 590 X ????? info . That should be the diameter you need..
     
  11. +1. I've fallen into the same trap, if it's any consolation.
     
  12. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member



    NON NON NON - - 559
     
  13. Night Train

    Night Train Guest

    My MTB slicks are 51x559 (26x1.90).
     
  14. OP
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    snapper_37

    snapper_37 Barbara Woodhouse's Love Child

    Location:
    Wolves
    Sorted some out (Spech Nimbus) but now he's complaining they are *too expensive*

    Jeez....

    I can't be arsed!
     
  15. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    Location:
    North Lanarkshire
    I'd leave him to it. He'll buy cheap tyres then be moaning about all the punctures he's getting! ;0)