Best Tires for Bike

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Re: Best Tires for Bike

Postby Elliot » Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:28 pm

FeetOfClay wrote:Is it really all that bad to have a bike with "skinny tires" on the Playa?

Yes. Smooth good. Skinny bad. Buy a cheap cruiser. :D
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Re: Best Tires for Bike

Postby gyre » Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:31 pm

There are wider tires for road bikes.
Even some specialty widths.

I modified mine for the street before i ever got on it, but wider is better.
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Re: Best Tires for Bike

Postby SnowBlind » Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:20 pm

I would think fat tires are better too, but I've had two friends use road bikes with super skinny tires on the playa, and they were OK with it. Just as an alternate data point.
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Re: Best Tires for Bike

Postby Eric » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:46 am

SnowBlind wrote:I would think fat tires are better too, but I've had two friends use road bikes with super skinny tires on the playa, and they were OK with it. Just as an alternate data point.


Skinny tires on soft playa make your bike just about useless. I had them one year and almost spilled every time I hit a dune. This year my wide-ish tires probably aren't wide enough so I'm trying to come up with some alternatives on the cheap. Plan for riding on a beach made of talcum powder...
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Re: Best Tires for Bike

Postby BBadger » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:59 am

Damn mountain bike tires didn't do squat in the dunes. Where do people get those extremely fat tires?
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Re: Best Tires for Bike

Postby gyre » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:20 am

Surly has the widest, though there are some smaller ones for standard bikes.

You can aim for the puddles with the big Surlys.
I've tried it.

Most mountain bikes can use the Surly front fork and wheel.
Adapting the rear wheel is more work.


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Re: Best Tires for Bike

Postby FeetOfClay » Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:32 am

Smooth good. Skinny bad.


Honey, don't I know it! That's why I stay oh-so-smooth, and definitely-not-skinny! :wink:

Just kiddin. Skinny girls are cool too. No hatin' here. Just couldn't resist. Isn't there are rule that all threads must drift at least a little after about 5 or 6 posts?
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Re: Best Tires for Bike

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Re: Best Tires for Bike

Postby FeetOfClay » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:13 pm

thanks for all the bike tips: i am borrowing a cruiser bike from my mom (she knows and accepts that the playa will kill it),
so i will be riding in style with wide tires and a comfy seat :)
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Re: Best Tires for Bike

Postby gyre » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:49 pm

Clean and lube it and it will be fine.
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Re: Best Tires for Bike

Postby cpart » Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:06 pm

FeetOfClay wrote:My bike has a soft seat with a groove cut out the center for comfort.




I find that a harder seat is less of a pain in the ass.
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Re: Best Tires for Bike

Postby daft » Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:45 pm

bring a pump so when soft you let air out and when you go hard u pump it up. Follow the paths of motorized vehicles and let them compress it for you.
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Re: Best Tires for Bike

Postby bluesbob » Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:05 pm

I have an aluminum-framed Electra cruiser. The tires aren't knobbies, just slicks. It gliiiiiiiides across the playa. Love it.
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Re: Best Tires for Bike

Postby Nipple » Tue Jun 26, 2012 11:19 am

If I had the cash to just dole out, I would get some Surly clown shoe rims (100MM wide!) and mount from Big Fat Larry (4.7" wide!) tires on them. They do require a LOT of clearance in the fork and chainstay.

Here's a picture of a bunch of them built up on Surly "Moonlander" frames:
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I ride a unicycle out there with a Larry tire (a sad mere 4" wide) and it is the perfect mix of smooth/tred for the playa.

Also, that tire can go down to a 5psi. Like riding on a big gooey dream.
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