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Early 1990ís Schwinn High Plains Tire Size

Old 10-28-21, 07:47 PM
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THREAD UPDATED: 1990ís Schwinn High Plains Tire Choice

Iíve found Iím enjoying riding trails and gravel on this bike and Iím purchasing a separate bike for pavement so Iím going in a totally different direction than I had originally thought.

The rear rack and fishing rod holders are no longer and the fenders idea has been abandoned.

What are some good gravel/ trail tires for the money that are supple and have decent rolling resistance?

Im considering the Panaracer Gravelking SK but am open to suggestions.

Secondly, based on a few of the comments here Iím thinking I can go as wide as 2.1Ē without issue.

I appreciate any thoughts and tips from anyone here who is familiar with this bike and itís specs.

Thanks so much.

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IIRC, my High Plains utility ride had 2 inch knobbies on it when I got it off of CL. It has narrower Schwalbe Marathons right now. I've been considering adding 2 inch RibMo's, might need to take off the fenders I added. See the 26 inch tire thread for lots more ideas.

The Schwalbes have great, zero flats in over ten years of use on various bikes on lousy roads.

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IIRC, my High Plains utility ride had 2 inch knobbies on it when I got it off of CL. It has narrower Schwalbe Marathons right now. I've been considering adding 2 inch RibMo's, might need to take off the fenders I added. See the 26 inch tire thread for lots more ideas.

The Schwalbes have great, zero flats in over ten years of use on various bikes on lousy roads.
Many thanks and some terrific info.
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Planet Bike aluminum fenders. Wheelset is not original; these are off a Gary Fisher that got flipped.

Gee, I better put the frame pump back on before the next ride.
Good luck!
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Planet Bike aluminum fenders. Wheelset is not original; these are off a Gary Fisher that got flipped.

Gee, I better put the frame pump back on before the next ride.
Good luck!
Amazing and beautiful bike!

Thank you for sharing as it gives me a good idea of what my bike will look like with fenders.
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A couple of photos of my ďSnookmobileĒ in the conversion process. Tires, fenders, and a horn to come.
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What year is yours?

My son has a '90 or '91 High Plains that still has a level top tube. We fit 2.25" WTB knobbies on it, but the clearance was so close he wore some paint off the chains stays after hitting curbs and some big bumps. The hard hits apparently dislodged the tire enough to make it wobble - the rim was still true. I don't remember what the situation was at the other choke points.

As far as tire width, I have 2.1" Maxxis on my Stumpjumper. They handle anything, but I think I'll replace them with something narrower when it's time. The 2.1" seem to offer too much cushion. I know I could, & do, air them up more, but seems like I don't need that wide which would probably reduce some weight too. We'll see when it comes time, I do like the look.
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What year is yours?

My son has a '90 or '91 High Plains that still has a level top tube. We fit 2.25" WTB knobbies on it, but the clearance was so close he wore some paint off the chains stays after hitting curbs and some big bumps. The hard hits apparently dislodged the tire enough to make it wobble - the rim was still true. I don't remember what the situation was at the other choke points.

As far as tire width, I have 2.1" Maxxis on my Stumpjumper. They handle anything, but I think I'll replace them with something narrower when it's time. The 2.1" seem to offer too much cushion. I know I could, & do, air them up more, but seems like I don't need that wide which would probably reduce some weight too. We'll see when it comes time, I do like the look.
I appreciate your insight and also your compliment.

Iíve decided to go with some 26x1.95 Kenda K838 City Slick tires.

My thinking is they will be a good all around all purpose option.
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For what it's worth, my 1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10 ideally takes 26 x 1.95, although I have gone as high as 2.1. Particularly with the larger tires, I need to deflate the front tire to clear the brake pads, particularly for reinstallation. (Ubrake in back, SunTour Rollercam in front, although most of the other KOM-10s I have seen have conventional cantilevers in front.)
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My Bikeís Purpose Has Changed

Iím posting this here simply to bring the post back to the forefront as Iím changing directions with this bike.

Your insight and knowledge are truly appreciated.

Iíve found Iím enjoying riding trails and gravel on this bike and Iím purchasing a separate bike for pavement so Iím going in a totally different direction than I had originally thought.

The rear rack and fishing rod holders are no longer and the fenders idea has been abandoned.

What are some good gravel/ trail tires for the money that are supple and have decent rolling resistance?

Im considering the Panaracer Gravelking SK but am open to suggestions.

Secondly, based on a few of the comments here Iím thinking I can go as wide as 2.1Ē without issue.

I appreciate any thoughts and tips from anyone here who is familiar with this bike and itís specs.

Thanks so much.
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I'd go with Maxxis DTH unless you plan to be riding in mud. I've done a bunch of single track & had no problem, but I'm not an agressive rider either.

They've been great pavement/gravel/trail tires. They offer good suspension & have never let me down off-riad. There's a subtle hum on pavement, but nothing distracting.
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