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WarPhalange
4th September 07, 02:38 PM
I bought a new bike* and one of the tires is flat. So I measured the ID or whatever, 26". Measured the width, about 30mm. I go to the store... and wtf?

Okay, so I found some 26" tires, but none of them had a width. And wtf, they don't have an innertube? I'm confused...

Neildo
4th September 07, 02:44 PM
You probably need a 26" by 1.95" or so. They make everything from 1" to 3"; 1" being for a hybrid-style roadbike and 3" being the big beefy fucker you'd put on the back wheel of a downhill mountain bike.

What do you mean they don't have an innertube? I know some brands of tires make tires with a tube built-in, but AFAIK you need that tube. I would also recommend picking up some rim tape and some Mr Tuffy's.

http://www.bikepro.com/products/tubes/tubes-tuffy.html

They'll make your tubes and tires last longer.

WarPhalange
4th September 07, 02:53 PM
No idea what you are talking about, but the tires I've seen at Walmart come coiled up in a tiny box. They are flat, so there is no room for an innertube.

I have a bike that has 21 gears, thin, roadbike-like tires, but with mountain bike treads, and regular handlebars. No suspension or anything. So I wanted some thicker, wider tires to handle more of a bump if they need to.

The tires in the box had the diameter number and then 4 other decimal numbers, all less than 2 I believe. So I got confused.

Neildo
4th September 07, 03:05 PM
Oh, I understand your problem now. You're buying bike parts at Wal-Mart.


The flat tires should look more like a tire when you take it out of the box, and it will need a tube. Try and look for the 26"xWhatever dimension you desire on the box. I have never heard of anyone selling tires/tubes any differently. The tube size should be the same as the tire (eg: 26"x1.95" tire and tube)

I prefer Continental or Maxxis tires, but they're pricey. You will probably find Kenda just about everywhere but i would recommend away from that. cheap chinese rubber, doesnt last very long.

Maybe this will help? At least you will know what the different numbers on the box mean: http://www.bikepro.com/products/tires/tires.html

polishillusion
4th September 07, 07:00 PM
you have no bike specialty shops in town?


http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tires.html should help a lot. it helped me when my chain popped in half and i re soldered it together and then threw it out realizing it was a bad idea.

WarPhalange
4th September 07, 07:44 PM
Oh, I understand your problem now. You're buying bike parts at Wal-Mart.


The flat tires should look more like a tire when you take it out of the box, and it will need a tube. Try and look for the 26"xWhatever dimension you desire on the box. I have never heard of anyone selling tires/tubes any differently. The tube size should be the same as the tire (eg: 26"x1.95" tire and tube)

I prefer Continental or Maxxis tires, but they're pricey. You will probably find Kenda just about everywhere but i would recommend away from that. cheap chinese rubber, doesnt last very long.

Maybe this will help? At least you will know what the different numbers on the box mean: http://www.bikepro.com/products/tires/tires.html

This is what it looks like:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5750638

And 6 numbers in the lower right corner. WTF do they mean?

Neildo
4th September 07, 08:04 PM
I think somebody is supposed to circle one of the 6 series of numbers to indicate the size of the tire in the box.

The choices are:

26" x 1.75"
26" x 1.90"
26" x 1.95"
26" x 2.00"
26" x 2.10"
26" x 2.125"

the 2.125 is pretty fat and made for off-road. usually they're knobby and the knobs get worn off fast on the road if you have good brakes. the smaller ones usually go to a higher pressure (80psi) and are good for street riding.

comprendo?

WarPhalange
4th September 07, 08:07 PM
lol nuts to this

I drive by a bike shop every day when I go to work (via a bus), and I'll stop in and just have a sales person help me.

Neildo
4th September 07, 08:14 PM
i fully endorse that idea.

WarPhalange
4th September 07, 08:17 PM
I would have done it a lot sooner, but it's a 5 min walk away from my stop, doesn't open until I think 9am, and I get to work at 8:30am (a 15 minute walk in the opposite direction). I'll do it tomorrow, though.

nihilist
5th September 07, 12:41 AM
Just stay on the bus.

You are too fucking stupid to own a bike.

WarPhalange
5th September 07, 01:02 AM
Oh right, sorry, I forgot.

nihilist
5th September 07, 01:07 AM
I thought mastery of mathematics allowed one to accomplish basic human tasks but tragically that does not seem to be the case.

WarPhalange
5th September 07, 01:31 AM
Nah, that's just an old wives' tale.

Sirc
6th September 07, 02:00 AM
Oh, I came in here thinking this was going to be a discussion about Motorcycles.

nihilist
6th September 07, 09:36 AM
SIRCTHREADTIME!!!

WarPhalange
6th September 07, 09:42 AM
Oh, I came in here thinking this was going to be a discussion about Motorcycles.

lol I'm not nearly cool enough to ride a motorcycle.

Or coordinated for that matter. I can barely walk without falling over.

nihilist
6th September 07, 09:43 AM
Perhaps training wheels are in order.

WarPhalange
6th September 07, 09:47 AM
Way ahead of you.

Neildo
6th September 07, 10:59 AM
Oh, I came in here thinking this was going to be a discussion about Motorcycles.

I'm going to take a picture of a honda cbr1000RR that parks across the street from where i work, and post it here. i hate the driver for making me look at it all day.

http://www.bullshido.net/gallery/data/500/medium/DSC04133.JPG
http://www.bullshido.net/gallery/data/500/medium/DSC04134.JPG

Hate that guy.