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Need Some New Tyres For My Moutain Bike

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Is it pretty straightforward changing tyres on a mountain bike or is it all a bit of a faff for the unwary - should I just pay thr local bike shop to do it when I get the new tyres?

Are tyres online much cheaper than local shops?

Also, I need some winter leggings - those black sexy ones that cyclists wear. Can anyone recommend a good place to buy them and what should I be looking for? Had a look last winter but my local bike shops only had a few pairs between them and the sizes were small, medium and large which meant feck-all to me - is large for fatties or large as in long-legged?

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Changing anything on a bicycle is a piece of the proverbial. Make sure you get the correct size tube, normal ones will fit most tyres but check you don't have an extra thin or extra thick or large wheel.

My local bike shop did a cheap deal for 5 tubes. I also bought some reasonable pads and cables. Halfords are very dear, don't buy anything from them. I have seen really cheap bike stuff in Tesco but don't know what quality they are.

For 1 tube, I hardly think it is worth the p&p buying online.

Why don't you try on "that other forum", some of the regulars can probably help you. :P

Edit to add: Surely you should be in a thong when riding?

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Changing anything on a bicycle is a piece of the proverbial. Make sure you get the correct size tube, normal ones will fit most tyres but check you don't have an extra thin or extra thick or large wheel.

My local bike shop did a cheap deal for 5 tubes. I also bought some reasonable pads and cables. Halfords are very dear, don't buy anything from them. I have seen really cheap bike stuff in Tesco but don't know what quality they are.

For 1 tube, I hardly think it is worth the p&p buying online.

Why don't you try on "that other forum", some of the regulars can probably help you. :P

Edit to add: Surely you should be in a thong when riding?

What other forum?

By tube I assume you mean tyre? What do you call the inner tubes - big blowly up thingies?

I need two but five is too many bearing in mind it has taken 13 years to wear these ones out.

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What other forum?

By tube I assume you mean tyre? What do you call the inner tubes - big blowly up thingies?

I need two but five is too many bearing in mind it has taken 13 years to wear these ones out.

Ah, my mistake. You meant the tyre, rather than the tube. Well, there isn't much difference in the mechanism. For the tyre, just have a look at the sidewall and see what the sizing is. Buy the same thing from a shop. Change it. Not difficult, easier if the tube is completely deflated. :rolleyes:

Edit to add: Are you sure the tyres are worn? Being cracked and worn grooves does not mean the tyre is unserviceable, unlike motor vehicles.

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Oops - should have been in off-topic. Mods, can you move it please. Thanks.

Seems an ideal topic for here TMT :)

My dearest, never cynical, OH said unless you can buy decent tyres that will last years or Chinese ones for a couple of quid each, you are better off buying a new bike.

That can't be right, can it?

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Edit to add: Surely you should be in a thong when riding?

No. The sexy looking blokes he's been eyeing on their bikes have all been wearing those legging thingys. It will have to be one of them!! ;)

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Ah, my mistake. You meant the tyre, rather than the tube. Well, there isn't much difference in the mechanism. For the tyre, just have a look at the sidewall and see what the sizing is. Buy the same thing from a shop. Change it. Not difficult, easier if the tube is completely deflated. :rolleyes:

Edit to add: Are you sure the tyres are worn? Being cracked and worn grooves does not mean the tyre is unserviceable, unlike motor vehicles.

When they were new they were nobbly bits chunky tyres - now the nobbly bits are all worn smooth on the rear one and about a milimetre of nobbly bits left on the front one so I guess I need two new tyres. Started sliding at the back in the wet now so it will only get worse in the coming 6 months.

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Seems an ideal topic for here TMT :)

My dearest, never cynical, OH said unless you can buy decent tyres that will last years or Chinese ones for a couple of quid each, you are better off buying a new bike.

That can't be right, can it?

Oddly enough, the same thought went through my mind but my Marin cost a bomb 13 years ago... but I probably could get a newer, lighter bike for much less nowadays. Bought an ex of mine a £300 globe a couple of years back and it is an amazing bike for the money.

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No. The sexy looking blokes he's been eyeing on their bikes have all been wearing those legging thingys. It will have to be one of them!! ;)

I look sexy in the lightweight summer ones that I have but I now want some of the heavier wind-proof ones for the windy months to come.

Actually, some people have very sexy looking ones and others have really naff looking ones. I followed a gorgeous cycling shorted female bottom along the Swansea sea-front this morning for about half a mile until she caught up with her partner. Gorgeous bottom though.

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Oops - should have been in off-topic. Mods, can you move it please. Thanks.

Me thinks dem mods have you on 'ignore' TMT.

45 mins for a blatant topic violation is darned good these days.

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When they were new they were nobbly bits chunky tyres - now the nobbly bits are all worn smooth on the rear one and about a milimetre of nobbly bits left on the front one so I guess I need two new tyres. Started sliding at the back in the wet now so it will only get worse in the coming 6 months.

What sort of riding do you do?

If it's all on roads get slick tyres.

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What sort of riding do you do?

If it's all on roads get slick tyres.

Mostly road... but I like going off-country a few times per week... Nice big park by me with a lovely long big hill...

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Any normal schoolboy can change a bike tyre, with a Swiss army knife! :huh:

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Would this be a good choice of tyre for mainly road but occasional country use? Just looking at alternatives to my knobbly experience.

http://www.woollyhatshop.com/Tyres/26-Slick-Tyres/Bronx-26-x1-50-Slick-Sport-Mountain-Bike-Road-Tyre/prod_2377.html

Why are the knobbly tyres so much more expensive than the slicks. Some of the knobbly tyres are £50 plus?

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Sounds like you need cycling bib tights.

Unless you are going off road, slicks would be better to cut down on resistance. I think you need to befriend a local bike shop. They might even let you try the gear on and assess you for size. Mine in Huddersfield are very helpful and despite being keen "pro-bikers" don't laugh at me at all.

Did quite a steepish hill climb today on the "big ring" and thought I was doing well only to be overtaken by a super fit guy in full lycra. He said "Hello" at least. However I've improved a lot, just never built up the muscle tone neccessary poddling round London on a bike.

Don't just love it when you respond to a post and the mods move it and you get "no such post" and you have to start again. :lol:

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Would this be a good choice of tyre for mainly road but occasional country use? Just looking at alternatives to my knobbly experience.

http://www.woollyhatshop.com/Tyres/26-Slick-Tyres/Bronx-26-x1-50-Slick-Sport-Mountain-Bike-Road-Tyre/prod_2377.html

Why are the knobbly tyres so much more expensive than the slicks. Some of the knobbly tyres are £50 plus?

I'd go slick. And pump them up to 100psi. Knobbles will only slow you down!

"I feel the need...The need for speed!

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If you've been riding on your current tyres for 13 years, then I'm sure you've repaired a p*ncture or two. Fitting new tyres is simply a matter of putting a new one on instead of the old one. IME, the only PIA wrt to tyre changing is getting the damn thing off in the first place - I have been known to break tyre levers on some particularly obstinate tyres.

Re:style and brand - I'd go for (as I'm a utility cyclist sort of bloke) something with p*ncture resistance. Specialised Armadillo is my choice. Pricey, yes. But long lasting and pretty good at repelling flints and urban road crap. Oh, and avoid nobblies if you're on-road - go as slick as you can.

Re:sourcing - wiggle is my online shop of choice. However, while they have a wide product range, they aren't famously cheap. They have been very good in terms of delivery and problem solving over my many years of using them.

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Would this be a good choice of tyre for mainly road but occasional country use? Just looking at alternatives to my knobbly experience.

http://www.woollyhatshop.com/Tyres/26-Slick-Tyres/Bronx-26-x1-50-Slick-Sport-Mountain-Bike-Road-Tyre/prod_2377.html

Why are the knobbly tyres so much more expensive than the slicks. Some of the knobbly tyres are £50 plus?

Proper mountain biking has become a "posh" sport that people with money are prepared to pay for. There are bikes costing several thousand that are bought by non-pro very average cyclists, hence bumping up the cost for everyone else.... MBPI!

If you are a hobby enthusiast who off-roads non-competitively, I would look at slick-with-grooves like you have found. Or cheaper knobblies. Don't let the lycra clad men convince you to buy the highest priced products.

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Seems an ideal topic for here TMT :)

My dearest, never cynical, OH said unless you can buy decent tyres that will last years or Chinese ones for a couple of quid each, you are better off buying a new bike.

That can't be right, can it?

Not necessarily untrue. I used to buy a new goodish hybrid bike every two years or so rather than replace components.

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The original bike came with nobblies and, believe it or not, no puncture in 13 years - that's torn it.

It was an expensive-ish Marin back in 1996/7 and just because it came with knobblies I was intending to get the same... but I do a lot of road stuff and did not realise that you could get mountain bike tyres now that are more road orientated.

I assume the slick mountain bike tyres are OK for occasional off-roading?

I did have a good bike shop when I bought the bike but they have kind of changed in the last few years and have not become so helpful - used to be one of those places that would, for example, if you bought some tyres would slap them on for you but now there is a charge for everything. They serviced my bike a few years back and it came back dirtier than when I took it in so I have not given them business since.

I have not changed a bike tyre in 25 odd years, have no tyre levers, etc.

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I have not changed a bike tyre in 25 odd years, have no tyre levers, etc.

Two kitchen dessert spoons, wife's tin of talcum. Job done.

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Leggings? Anything by Endura - last forever and work well. I haven't bought any for about 6 years (none of mine have worn out, despite a daily commute), they used to do a full length set that had neoprene panels on the shins (because your shins get effing cold and wet) that worked really well. Not the cheapest, but I think they are the best.

One pair did fail on me, they were about 2 years old, and I emailed the company asking if they could fix them - clearly assuming I would pay for the fix. No charge - fixed by return post. Good outfit.

You shouldn't need tyre levers. The wheel rim will have a trough in the centre. Manipulate one the beads so that it is sitting in the trough, there should be then be enough slack to roll it off with your hands.

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