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Old 05-13-2016, 07:29 AM   #1
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Switch to MB type rim/tire

Hello,

I posted a while back about how I was having trouble riding
my hybrid bike on some of the softer/sandier roads in the 'daks.
The conclusion I drew from those discussions was that I really
needed either a fat tire bike or a mountain bike. Well, I had
a chance to try out a really nice fat tire bike. Nice bike, but
definitely not for me. So, now I am considering a mountain bike.

However, I really do like the hybrid I currently own. It has
worked well for me so far as I am not hard on my bike. No
jumping logs or things like that.:-). Is there any reason I can't
switch out the rims/tires on my current bike to a wider rim with
a knobbier tire? It would be very difficult for me to store a second
bike as I live in a small cabin and there is only enough room for
one bike in my shed. I am not a person who likes to have a lot
of "stuff." (FYI, Dogs aren't considered "stuff", so I have 4 of
them.)

Thanks so much for your help.


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Old 05-13-2016, 09:50 AM   #2
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I suppose the limitation will be what type of brakes you have and how much room you have to fit a wider tire, as well as the width of your existing rims and hubs.
Some brake styles will not accommodate a larger range of rim widths.
Some bike frames have little room for wider hubs, which may or may not be required with a wider rim.

Can you post a photo of your bike? Or specify the brand and model so that we can figure out what might work best for you?
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Old 05-13-2016, 10:13 AM   #3
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29+

Take a look at the 29+ platform. Surly makes a few.
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Old 05-13-2016, 09:24 PM   #4
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Can you post a photo of your bike? Or specify the brand and model so that we can figure out what might work best for you?[/QUOTE]

I tried to post pics but I just got error messages.
It's a Giant Cypress but I don't remember which year I bought
it. Probably 2010 or prior. It doesn't have disc brakes. It
has an aluminum frame and a suspension on the front fork.

Kathy
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Old 05-13-2016, 10:34 PM   #5
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Pic of my bike

OK, I am trying again. Here is a picture of my boyfriend with
my bike.
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Kathy,
Assuming there's little change in that model in the last few years, Giant lists the tire size as 700 x 38..that's a pretty chubby tire as it is.
Is that the size tires you have?
The specs that Giant lists are not too complete, they don't mention the rim width.
Even so, with your linear pull brakes, you may be able to fit a tire as large as a 700 x 45.
A more aggressive tread pattern (knobby) in the same or slightly larger size might be your bet bet.

edit: Yeah, that's just the bike I thought it was.
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Old 05-13-2016, 11:02 PM   #7
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>Giant lists the tire size as 700 x 38..that's a pretty chubby tire as it is.
>Is that the size tires you have

>A more aggressive tread pattern (knobby) in the same or slightly larger size >might be your bet bet.

Yes, that's the size. So, I looked on Amazon and did find one
that size that is knobbier. Here is the link. Do you think this
is worth a try?

http://www.amazon.com/Cross-Country-...tire+700+x+38c
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Yes, that's the size. So, I looked on Amazon and did find one
that size that is knobbier. Here is the link. Do you think this
is worth a try?

http://www.amazon.com/Cross-Country-...tire+700+x+38c
I'm sure that tire would fit...and it has to be better in loose sand and gravel.
I would say it's worth a try...

BTW, is it pronounced "skip" or "ship"??
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>I would say it's worth a try...

OK, I'll order them. I keep the ones I have now for
spares. I'll let you know how it goes.

>BTW, is it pronounced "skip" or "ship"??

Schip = Skip....short for Schipperke. (pronounced Skip-er-key).
Schips are a small, usually solid black, foxy-looking dog.
Tough, hardy, athletic. Not a little foo-foo dog. I used to have
4 of them. Now I'm down to one.
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Old 05-16-2016, 03:59 AM   #10
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Only one bike?!? Well I guess I agree. Just 1 bike... 1 road bike, 1 race bike, 1 touring bike, 1 sport tourer, 1 rec bike, 1 mountain bike... plus you don't have to count back up bikes right?

More seriously, I agree with stripperguy, maybe just try a more aggressive tire. You could try to go one size wider too, as long as you have the room to fit it, the current rims will be fine. Always good to have backup tires too, so keep those around! Just keep in mind the big knobby tires will slow you down a bit on the open road. The ones you linked do have somewhat of a center rib to help with road manners, you may want to look for another pair with a bit more of a continuous center rib too. Duro tires don't seem to get much love though on other bike forums. I'm much more familiar with road bikes, but just did a quick search and another pair you may want to consider are http://www.amazon.com/Schwalbe-Land-...WEC8Y0QPGAG2FH 700x40
Schwalbe are often great tires though I can't find much info on my other forums about the Land Cruiser, so I can't personally recommend them, just happened to find them.

I have one all terrain bike I actually just recently got, but haven't really used much yet. Not many trails around here darn it, so I mainly ride the paved rail trails and roads on road bikes. I hope to move back near the ADKs sometime though!!
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