I see on the schwalbe website there's a pic of a dude going downstairs on a Big Apple equipped commuting bike, but he's riding the 2.35's. The 2.0's are narrow compared to the 1.95 MTB tires that were originally on the bike. Dunno but I'd think a size bigger would be preferable all-round.
=Seem to be 1/8" less than 2.5" wide,D-Man wrote:Thanks for the reviews Reid and Mathurin. Reid, now that you have your fenders off, can you take a measurement of the diameter and width of those Hank's installed? Just wondering how wide and tall they really are.
D-Man wrote:Thanks Reid. The Bontager Hank comes in two sizes. The 2.2 and 2.5.
If anyone has a review and dimensions of the 26x2.5 Maxxis Hookworm or other balloon/urban tire, speak up now.
Edit - Times up. An order has been made. Have to wait a week though to get the tires.
Over the years my buddies who ride street/urban assault have all migrated onto Hookworms from a variety of others, but they're all about traction. The one complaint I hear is that they wear fast. They're heavy, but street tires are just made that way, big w/thread on the sides so you can ride hard and grind stuff without destroying them. Hookworms would be my first choice if I get a street bike.
I dunno about slimed tubes though...
I -could- run my front tire at only 20 PSI and not risk a pinchflat...
but, the braking of the bike is done almost entirely by the front wheel. The grip power is tremendous on pavement.
IF I have the front tire soft, then the thin sidewall can be seen to actually -wrinkle- under brake torque. Not appealing.
So I run the front tire typically at 30 to 35PSI.
D-Man wrote:I dunno about slimed tubes though...
The only thing I've heard is the slime dries up after awhile. I forgot how long it takes. I've noticed it causes the tires to be out of balance when the bike sits for a bit. How do I know this? When you pick the wheel up off the ground and hit the throttle, it shakes. But once you drive it around the slime distributes itself around inside the tube. Check it again and no more shake. I don't think you would want these in a super high speed E-bike; but its better than nothing.
From: email@example.com (Jobst Brandt)
Subject: Re: do kelvar belts stop flats?
Date: 5 Aug 1997 00:20:22 GMT
Ray Bowman writes:
> Why not use sealants instead? They work better and have negligible effect
> on rolling resistance. Solar car racers, who typically test the #%@$ out
> of their components, determined sealants to be the best choice among all
> flat protection schemes.
Sealants have another hazard that the makers of the stuff are
apparently not aware. A slimy substance inside the tube will make a
bicycle uncontrollable in the event the tire goes flat from a cut,
something sealant will not block. I have had the experience, and was
fortunate that it occurred on a straight road with almost no crown. I
slid all over, controlling something as benign as a rear tire flat.
You might want to try how well an inner tube full of this stuff glides
sideways before committing yourself to it.
Jobst Brandt <jbrandt>
I use "ride-on" and have never had a flat since i
switched to it from slime. i have pulled big nails out of the tire and
kept right on riding.
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