Tyre widths - (just how exciting can this get?)

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by tredder, 23 Mar 2008.

  1. tredder

    tredder New Member

    Location:
    East Anglia
    OK, note the following about my new secondhand tourer, I have butterfly bars, heavy-duty front rack & big old knobbly tyre... It's like riding a tractor! (I have named her 'Fergie' - fond memories of summer holidays driving the little red Massy Fergusson).

    Soooo, I currently have 26 x 1.9 Schwalbe boots on, bearing in mind that I am not planning stump-jumping, rock-hopping, mud fests, does anyone have any suggestions to make regarding what is the optimum tyre size for asphalt & firm, dry off-road cycling while keeping some degree of comfort & protection from punctures.....

    On one of my other bikes, I have a 'suspension' seat post, does anyone use one of these? It dosn't do much to cushion the take-off, but does smooth out the landing.......

    Still snowing.....
     
  2. wallabyhunter

    wallabyhunter New Member

    Location:
    Perth WA
    The tyre you want depends on the riding you do. More weight (touring) bigger tyre, more comfort.

    Just commuting, skinnier tyre, less rolling resistance better fuel (effort) economy. I like Conti tyres. Good alround performance.
     
  3. Muddyfox

    Muddyfox Veteran

    I have Continental Contact Travel's on my mountain bike 26x1.75 (70 psi)

    And compared to the off road tyres that was on it, i get alot more speed for alot less effort and they are fine on dry off road tracks but for touring i guess that a 26x1.50 would be a good compromise

    Simon
     
  4. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    I have the continental sports contacts in that size having previously tried the 26 x 1.6. Without doubt the 1.3's are best for road use.
     
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