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    Want to get slick tyres for my mountain bike...

    I plan on using my mountain bike more now it's getting warmer, for getting to work. Thing is I want some more road friendly tyres to speed things up a bit. What size do i need if my current tyre is 26 x 2.0? Will a tyre thats 26 x 1.5 still fit on the rims? I really don't have a clue.

    Also any suggestions on what to buy? Cheers HUKD!

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    I was thinking the same thing but then came to the conclusion that I might as well just buy a road bike. I got a Cannondale mountain bike and I use it for both road and off road.

    What bike you got? WIll it still be a bit heavy for road use? Is it worth going the road bike route?

    Yes

    Yes they will, i put 1.4 x 26" Michelin XC's on mine, zoom's along at a fantastic pace now
    http://i627.photobucket.com/albums/tt357/chriscarley_photos/HUKD/DSCF2083.jpg

    Original Poster

    I have a Trek 4300 (07). I can't really justify spending the amount of cash I would need to buy a road bike. I figure this will have to do for now.

    Banned

    cant remember it was quite a while ago since i was told but i think its illegal to have slick tyres for road use or is it one of those advisory items like relectors.

    I asked the same question a few months ago, people recommended getting schwalbe city jets, or other semi slick all rounders, I was a bit unsure of sizes etc, but if youve got a 26" 1.9 you can get a similar size (as long as its 26")

    chainreactioncycles.com/Sea…ity

    Good selection here

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    splatsplatsplat

    I asked the same question a few months ago, people recommended getting … I asked the same question a few months ago, people recommended getting schwalbe city jets, or other semi slick all rounders, I was a bit unsure of sizes etc, but if youve got a 26" 1.9 you can get a similar size (as long as its 26")http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/SearchResults.aspx?Search=schwalbe+city



    Cheers. So if i get a 26 x 1.5 it will fit the rims of my wheel right? They look about ideal to me.

    maximoshark

    Cheers. So if i get a 26 x 1.5 it will fit the rims of my wheel right? … Cheers. So if i get a 26 x 1.5 it will fit the rims of my wheel right? They look about ideal to me.



    May be helpful to state what rims they are to go on.

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    cicobuff

    May be helpful to state what rims they are to go on.



    I don't even know? I'll have a look now...

    Bontrager Camino
    the rims say ETRTO: 559 x 18 ERD: 539
    Edited by: "maximoshark" 3rd May 2011

    i put Schwalbe City Jet 1.5 on my bike, pumped em up hard too, 80psi (over the rated psi but meh) used to absolutely fly along

    maximoshark

    I don't even know? I'll have a look now...Bontrager Caminothe rims say … I don't even know? I'll have a look now...Bontrager Caminothe rims say ETRTO: 559 x 18 ERD: 539



    ETRTO - European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation 559mm (26") wheel 18mm width (0.70")
    ERD - Effective Rim Diameter 539mm (only useful for knowing your spoke length)

    [You could actually have 1" diameter tyres if you really wanted]
    Edited by: "cicobuff" 3rd May 2011

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    cicobuff

    European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation 26" wheel 18mm width … European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation 26" wheel 18mm width (0.70")ERD - Effective Rim Diameter (only useful for knowing your spoke length)[You could actually have 1" diameter tyres if you really wanted]



    Awesome thanks for your help!
    Edited by: "maximoshark" 3rd May 2011

    Banned

    we should have an official cycle thread, I have questions but don't want to create a new thread.

    maximoshark

    Awesome thanks for the help!



    No problem matey, and also here Chain Reaction Cycles always have good prices on tyres, find what you like and what suits your budget and google further your short list.

    master_chief

    we should have an official cycle thread, I have questions but don't want … we should have an official cycle thread, I have questions but don't want to create a new thread.




    fire away then lol

    Ive started going out on bike for last 6 weeks. Decided to get a road bike & best thing ive bought. Got a Specialized Allez Elite. I was a bit wary at fist as ive never ridden one before, but I seemed to have picked it up quite easy. Still getting used to the gear shifting in the right places, but I can certainly tell the difference in speed.

    anyone using endomondo gps tracking app. great liitle app for tracking routes & burgers burnt!!

    so proud of my new purchase, have a pic.....

    http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt240/lanc_red/HotUK/IMAG0597.jpg
    Edited by: "lanc_red" 3rd May 2011

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    Ok I want a helmet for my big head that won't make look like this:

    http://img1.tvloop.com/img/showpics/7e/6e/l33f40be80000_1_27565.jpg

    Needs to be well ventilated too and look good but be very cheap. I guess it should do a good job of protecting the swede too.

    Banned

    I've just increased the height of my seat a couple of inches so now my feet barely touch the floor so hopefully will be more efficient on the road. I'm a bit concerned I'm too high for the handlebars now which I can't adjust (or don't know how to, Globe Vienna 1). Will see how it goes on the commute tomorrow.

    I also need the best pump for going above 60psi. My tyres say 90psi but I can't get beyond 60 on both my footpumps which lie to me by having a dial going up to 100. Should I just use a petrol stations?

    master_chief

    Ok I want a helmet for my big head that won't make look like this:Needs … Ok I want a helmet for my big head that won't make look like this:Needs to be well ventilated too and look good but be very cheap. I guess it should do a good job of protecting the swede too.




    lol, first thing id say, is ignore what you think you look like. Everyone seems to think they look a plum wearing a helmet. Go somewhere that has lots of choice and try as many on as you like. The best helmet is one that fits comfortably. Halfords usually have about 30-40 helmets to try, find one you like that fits, then google online for the cheapest price

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    shanecr

    lol, first thing id say, is ignore what you think you look like. Everyone … lol, first thing id say, is ignore what you think you look like. Everyone seems to think they look a plum wearing a helmet. Go somewhere that has lots of choice and try as many on as you like. The best helmet is one that fits comfortably. Halfords usually have about 30-40 helmets to try, find one you like that fits, then google online for the cheapest price



    Everyone I had looks like Cartman's yet I see sleek ones all the time. Perhaps it's a budget thing and I need to stop being so cheap if I want to look good on the road...

    Original Poster

    Just reserved some City Jets at Halfords for 11.99 each. Seems pretty good to me.

    master_chief

    Everyone I had looks like Cartman's yet I see sleek ones all the time. … Everyone I had looks like Cartman's yet I see sleek ones all the time. Perhaps it's a budget thing and I need to stop being so cheap if I want to look good on the road...



    obviously the more you spend the better the design of the helmet. But i doubt you really look like cartman....post a photo, let hukd judge

    lanc_red

    Ive started going out on bike for last 6 weeks. Decided to get a road … Ive started going out on bike for last 6 weeks. Decided to get a road bike & best thing ive bought. Got a Specialized Allez Elite. I was a bit wary at fist as ive never ridden one before, but I seemed to have picked it up quite easy. Still getting used to the gear shifting in the right places, but I can certainly tell the difference in speed. anyone using endomondo gps tracking app. great liitle app for tracking routes & burgers burnt!!so proud of my new purchase, have a pic.....



    Post it in here

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    master_chief

    I've just increased the height of my seat a couple of inches so now my … I've just increased the height of my seat a couple of inches so now my feet barely touch the floor so hopefully will be more efficient on the road. I'm a bit concerned I'm too high for the handlebars now which I can't adjust (or don't know how to, Globe Vienna 1). Will see how it goes on the commute tomorrow.I also need the best pump for going above 60psi. My tyres say 90psi but I can't get beyond 60 on both my footpumps which lie to me by having a dial going up to 100. Should I just use a petrol stations?


    I have this and find it easy to get my tyres to 80psi but no doubt I could easily get 90+ if the tyres allowed it.

    JOE BLOW TRACK II

    ukbikestore.co.uk/pro…tml

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    master_chief

    we should have an official cycle thread, I have questions but don't want … we should have an official cycle thread, I have questions but don't want to create a new thread.



    an official games thread would be better. Keep all the shiv in one place.

    csiman

    I have this and find it easy to get my tyres to 80psi but no doubt I … I have this and find it easy to get my tyres to 80psi but no doubt I could easily get 90+ if the tyres allowed it.JOE BLOW TRACK IIhttp://www.ukbikestore.co.uk/product/86/tjbm1/topeak-joe-blow-max-ii-track-pump.html



    I know it's a quid more, but the Bontrager Charger at £22 gets my recommendation. The Topeak just feels plasticky in comparison and struggles at the higher pressures.

    lumoruk

    cant remember it was quite a while ago since i was told but i think its … cant remember it was quite a while ago since i was told but i think its illegal to have slick tyres for road use or is it one of those advisory items like relectors.


    There is no requirement for tread on a bicycle tyre - you've got to do nearly 200mph to make a bike tyre aquaplane! Reflectors on the other hand are not advisory, but are mandatory.

    master_chief

    I've just increased the height of my seat a couple of inches so now my … I've just increased the height of my seat a couple of inches so now my feet barely touch the floor so hopefully will be more efficient on the road. I'm a bit concerned I'm too high for the handlebars now which I can't adjust (or don't know how to, Globe Vienna 1). Will see how it goes on the commute tomorrow.


    As a rough guide, sit on the bike and with one pedal at the bottom of the stroke and your heel on it, you want your leg to be pretty much straight (not locked) without rocking on the saddle to reach it. It sounds like you're a bit too low still and not making the most of your legs.

    master_chief

    I also need the best pump for going above 60psi. My tyres say 90psi but I … I also need the best pump for going above 60psi. My tyres say 90psi but I can't get beyond 60 on both my footpumps which lie to me by having a dial going up to 100. Should I just use a petrol stations?



    Petrol stations and car footpumps are geared up for car tyre pressures (upto about 40psi). A decent trackpump is only £20-£25 and you can use it on your bike, car, motorbike, lilo, paddling pool or football!

    Edited by: "Duggie_22" 5th May 2011

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    csiman

    I have this and find it easy to get my tyres to 80psi but no doubt I … I have this and find it easy to get my tyres to 80psi but no doubt I could easily get 90+ if the tyres allowed it.JOE BLOW TRACK IIhttp://www.ukbikestore.co.uk/product/86/tjbm1/topeak-joe-blow-max-ii-track-pump.html

    lumoruk

    cant remember it was quite a while ago since i was told but i think its … cant remember it was quite a while ago since i was told but i think its illegal to have slick tyres for road use or is it one of those advisory items like relectors.

    master_chief

    I've just increased the height of my seat a couple of inches so now my … I've just increased the height of my seat a couple of inches so now my feet barely touch the floor so hopefully will be more efficient on the road. I'm a bit concerned I'm too high for the handlebars now which I can't adjust (or don't know how to, Globe Vienna 1). Will see how it goes on the commute tomorrow.

    master_chief

    I also need the best pump for going above 60psi. My tyres say 90psi but … I also need the best pump for going above 60psi. My tyres say 90psi but I can't get beyond 60 on both my footpumps which lie to me by having a dial going up to 100. Should I just use a petrol stations?


    good call on the pump as the topeak is a bit plasticky but hasnt broke on mine after a few years good use.
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