Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

Thinner tire sizes for mountain bike

Notices
Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Thinner tire sizes for mountain bike

Old 08-31-19, 08:56 PM
  #51  
no motor?
Senior Member
 
no motor?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 6,166

Bikes: Specialized Hardrock

Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1053 Post(s)
Liked 117 Times in 87 Posts
I found another and unexpected benefit to using a wider tire on my trip home today. After thoroughly checking for the cause of the first flat, removing the small piece of glass that had worked it's way inside the tire, replacing the tube and then reinflating the tire twice to avoid pinching the new tube I discovered the wider tire does a better job protecting the rim for the walk home when the new tube goes flat after traveling for all of 5 blocks. I'm not sure if I'm going to fix it again soon, the allure of repairing yet another series of flats like I did a couple of years ago combined with the increased hassles of traffic I've been dealing with may get me to find some other way to get my exercise for a while.
no motor? is offline  
Old 09-01-19, 04:21 PM
  #52  
adipe
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 86
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
I found another and unexpected benefit to using a wider tire on my trip home today. After thoroughly checking for the cause of the first flat, removing the small piece of glass that had worked it's way inside the tire, replacing the tube and then reinflating the tire twice to avoid pinching the new tube I discovered the wider tire does a better job protecting the rim for the walk home when the new tube goes flat after traveling for all of 5 blocks. I'm not sure if I'm going to fix it again soon, the allure of repairing yet another series of flats like I did a couple of years ago combined with the increased hassles of traffic I've been dealing with may get me to find some other way to get my exercise for a while.
it's not the tire being wide, it's the tire being thick (plenty of rubber) that helps.
you shouldn't continue riding on the bike with the tire deflated as you can damage the tire.

a wheel with no more than 500g rim weight can be built to sustain up to 400kgf dynamic load. the tire will be more vulnerable than the rim.
but you should not go with very high tension on normal length and with thin spokes, large spoke tension variance etc. etc.. the wheel is to have NDS approach zero tension when reaching it's maximum load (it's limitations) and not remain at a considerable tension because the spokes tension is added to the external load and that is just one argument against excessive tension.

except few people are able to figure out what excessive tension is for all the parameters of one certain wheel.
adipe is offline  
Old 09-01-19, 04:32 PM
  #53  
no motor?
Senior Member
 
no motor?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 6,166

Bikes: Specialized Hardrock

Mentioned: 27 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1053 Post(s)
Liked 117 Times in 87 Posts
Looks like you missed the part about the walk home - all 3 miles of it.
no motor? is offline  
Old 09-03-19, 09:38 AM
  #54  
adipe
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Posts: 86
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 31 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
Looks like you missed the part about the walk home - all 3 miles of it.
i'm not saying you did something completely wrong. i thought to point out the costs/risks to doing so.
you are free to do whatever you want to do with your bike. it may have been bad weather, you may have needed to arrive on schedule.
i won't dispute the usefulness of riding the bike on a thicker deflated tire on a particular occasion or in general.

but in general the tire is not thicker the more wider it is. it will just have a larger tread area so that the thick portion covers the rim edges.

this thread is about thinner tire sizes being of various benefits, not about larger tires being of various benefits like having a larger tread ensuring the rim does not get damaged too much,
maxxis hookworm comes to mind as being more safe for those unfortunate events and it will be my take for a rear wheel. riding the bike for miles with a deflated tire is not something you have in mind when choosing a tire.

so the conclusion with narrow tires being of benefit to you would be: prevent punctures for a front tire because front punctures can be very dangerous.
i suggest having a narrower front than rear as are used in motocross. i won't go to detail the reasons again. and i suggest ensuring a puncture resistant tire (marathon mondial is plenty) and/or a tubeless one with sealant.

Last edited by adipe; 09-03-19 at 09:43 AM.
adipe is offline  
Old 09-04-19, 08:49 AM
  #55  
bigbenaugust 
always rides with luggage
 
bigbenaugust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: KIGX
Posts: 2,108

Bikes: 2007 Trek SU100, 2009 Fantom CX, 2012 Fantom Cross Uno, Bakfiets

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 265 Post(s)
Liked 13 Times in 11 Posts
I have 1.5s (Panaracer Pasela) on my Trek SU100 right now, but would like to go to 1.75s with more aggressive tread when these wear out so I can hit the trails at lunch. The Continentals upthread look like just the thing.
__________________
--Ben
2006 Trek SU100, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX, 2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, and a Bakfiets
Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014), 2008 Citizen Folder (2015)
Non-Bike hardware: MX Linux / BunsenLabs Linux / Raspbian / Mac OS 10.6 / Android 7
bigbenaugust is offline  
Old 09-04-19, 11:51 AM
  #56  
KonAaron Snake 
Fat Guy on a Little Bike
 
KonAaron Snake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 16,962

Bikes: Two wheeled ones

Mentioned: 38 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1127 Post(s)
Liked 91 Times in 52 Posts
Originally Posted by bigbenaugust View Post
I have 1.5s (Panaracer Pasela) on my Trek SU100 right now, but would like to go to 1.75s with more aggressive tread when these wear out so I can hit the trails at lunch. The Continentals upthread look like just the thing.
My only regret is not changing sooner...

And Panaracers are the single most overrated product in the entire cycling ecosystem. Just one man's opinion, but I think their offerings outright suck for the value. The only nice thing I can say about them is they make a few lines with tan sidewalls that look pretty in photos.
KonAaron Snake is online now  
Old 09-04-19, 11:52 AM
  #57  
bigbenaugust 
always rides with luggage
 
bigbenaugust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: KIGX
Posts: 2,108

Bikes: 2007 Trek SU100, 2009 Fantom CX, 2012 Fantom Cross Uno, Bakfiets

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 265 Post(s)
Liked 13 Times in 11 Posts
Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
My only regret is not changing sooner...

And Panaracers are the single most overrated product in the entire cycling ecosystem. Just one man's opinion, but I think their offerings outright suck for the value.
I got them on sale for a different bike years ago, so I never paid full price.
__________________
--Ben
2006 Trek SU100, 2009 Motobecane Fantom CX, 2011 Motobecane Fantom Cross Uno, and a Bakfiets
Previously: 2000 Trek 4500 (2000-2003), 2003 Novara Randonee (2003-2006), 2003 Giant Rainier (2003-2008), 2005 Xootr Swift (2005-2007), 2007 Nashbar 1x9 (2007-2011), 2011 Windsor Shetland (2011-2014), 2008 Citizen Folder (2015)
Non-Bike hardware: MX Linux / BunsenLabs Linux / Raspbian / Mac OS 10.6 / Android 7
bigbenaugust is offline  
Likes For bigbenaugust:
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
rajdude
Bicycle Mechanics
29
10-21-17 03:59 PM
Cuitarded
Commuting
16
08-07-15 01:17 PM
caintuck
Bicycle Mechanics
7
06-08-13 07:11 PM
BicycleNirvana8
Recumbent
2
10-15-12 12:58 PM
teamo
Bicycle Mechanics
5
06-19-11 09:39 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.