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city cruisin'(3 posts)

city cruisin'barry
Jun 14, 2001 10:12 AM
I live in the city now and my mountain bike just isn't fast enough for my taste to get around. So what I did was put some little 1" wide slicks on it and drop bars. But the problem is that the slicks don't fit on the rim real well. When at full pressure the bead pops off the rim. My question is: does any one know of any really fast mtb tires so that I do not have to buy new rims?
I slapped a set of cheap Performance 1.25" on mine and ...Humma Hah
Jun 14, 2001 2:01 PM
... it took off like a bat out of heck, picked up about 1.5 mph over the knobbies, and the vibration went away.

I never had any trouble with them coming off the rims, either. I have a spare set of wheels for the bike, and I've had the tires on both rims, the stock narrow ones and some older fat ones.

1" strikes me as getting a little skinny for a MTB, even on the street. City streets are often in poor shape and have debris, sometimes you can't avoid this if traffic is bad. I'd opt for a little more tire between road and rim, myself.
re: city cruisin'davidl
Jun 14, 2001 7:12 PM
My Electra 'Sunny Garcia' cruiser came with kind-of knobby tires and I found some IRC Metro 26x2.00 slicks through Nashbar for about $15.00 each. They really improve the ride - and the speed - on the street. I never ride the thing off road. I think you need something wider than 1". Conti, Specialized, IRC, and others make these slicks for city streets - many have kevlar belts, too. Check them out.