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Which tire size?
#1
I have a Raleigh M50 mountain bike. The stock tires are mountain tread but not too aggressive. I am considering getting some smoother street tires for road use. The tires that are on there are 26x2.10. I was told from someone at a local shop that I could use thinner tires for the street but I am confused as to which tire would work. Do I need to use only 26x2.10's or will something thinner work. I don't really understand how something thinner would fit because I am keeping the same rims and would assume that I would need the same size rubber for the rim. Is there a range of sizes that would work properly with this rim size? Thanks
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#2
You can go with 1,25 to 1,5 skinny tires,

for example: http://www.ritcheylogic.com/dyn_prodfamily.php?k=114848

Don't forget to buy some new tubes, cause your old set won't fit in since it's too large! Buy a third one also in case you do a flat and you rip it off!
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#3
Tons of choices!!

I went with: http://www.amazon.com/Bell-26-Inch-Comfort-Bike-KEVLAR/dp/B0012RJSXK/ which are available at Wal-mart. They are a good compromise between comfort, speed, pavement and off.

Almost anything that is ISO 559 will fit okay.

These will work:
http://www.amazon.com/TerraTrike-Tire-Schwalbe-Marathon-1-5/dp/B000QT1IYC/
but street only, and will be really fast.
Nigel
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#4
Yea there are lots of choices! Here are the ones I used for my wife's Bike http://www.amazon.com/Kenda-Bicycle-Blackwall-26-Inch-1-95-Inch/dp/B002DX1DWG/ and does well on street!
Good maintenance to your Bike, can make it like the wheels are, true and smooth!
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