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Wheel sizing
#1
I ride mostly bike paths but was wondering if going to a smaller width tire from a 2 inch will make much of a difference in rolling resistance and pedaling effort. Trails are 90 percent hard packed.
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#2
Width is part of rolling resistance, and tread is a bigger difference.

I posted this on another thread:
Quote:I have Bell brand tires on my hybrid, works well in dirt and on pavement. The key features are continuous rubber in the center for quiet efficient riding on pavement, and some knobs out towards the sidewalls. I do not know if they are avaiable in the UK.
http://www.amazon.com/Bell-Sports-111686-Pathrider-Bike/dp/B000295WTI/

These Continentals should be, and are a much nicer tire than the Bells I have:
http://www.amazon.com/Continental-Travel-Contact-Bicycle-26x1-75/dp/B001OC6CKK/

These Kendas also fit the bill:
http://www.amazon.com/Kenda-Kross-Front-Slick-Tires/dp/B002EXE5A2/

Width is part of rolling resistance, and tread is a bigger difference.
Nigel
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#3
Don't yell at me anyone , but I just got these ones for my work bike which is a Murray Street/Off-Road mix.... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002DWZD2I and man they are rather great. Road and LIGHT offroad lol Wink
Good maintenance to your Bike, can make it like the wheels are, true and smooth!
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#4
from a previous post on this subject;
you may also want to read this,
http://www.schwalbe.co.uk/shopdata/files/TechInfo2-GB.pdf
especially page 6 "Which tire fits which rim?" and page 15 "Why do wide tires roll better than narrow ones"
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#5
(05-09-2011, 01:14 AM)Bill Wrote:  Don't yell at me anyone , but I just got these ones for my work bike which is a Murray Street/Off-Road mix.... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002DWZD2I and man they are rather great. Road and LIGHT offroad lol Wink

Bill, those look good too. Smile

I figured what I had, plus two more examples were more than sufficient to express the idea; so I picked the first Conti and first Kenda I found on Amazon that had pics that matched what I want to say.
Nigel
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#6
(05-09-2011, 11:08 AM)nfmisso Wrote:  
(05-09-2011, 01:14 AM)Bill Wrote:  Don't yell at me anyone , but I just got these ones for my work bike which is a Murray Street/Off-Road mix.... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002DWZD2I and man they are rather great. Road and LIGHT offroad lol Wink

Bill, those look good too. Smile

I figured what I had, plus two more examples were more than sufficient to express the idea; so I picked the first Conti and first Kenda I found on Amazon that had pics that matched what I want to say.


I know Nigel, I was just throwing my 2cents in and was really impressed with them is all lol.
Good maintenance to your Bike, can make it like the wheels are, true and smooth!
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#7
Thanks for the excellent info within the links.
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