skinny tires good for anything?

Yippee! I got my new bedford frame today. Now, the frame I had will make for a fine spare in the event this one breaks. It holds about a 1.75" tire tops. Is there anything that people do that a skinnier tire is preferred? (meaning: can I have 2 specific-use unis?)

I’ve got a Bedford and I ran a 2.6" Stout with a 24" rim. What size is your frame?
Awesome uni by the way:D

new frame - 26x2.6
old frame - 26x1.75 (is skinny better for anything?)

Re: skinny tires good for anything?

On Thu, 21 Mar 2002 14:01:19 -0600, Sofa
<Sofa.1vsqy@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>Is there anything that people do that a skinnier tire
>is preferred? (meaning: can I have 2 specific-use unis?)

Racing.

Klaas Bil

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“l0ck, Al Zabadi, Zacarias Moussaoui”

As with bicycles, a skinny tire does have advantages as well as disadvantages.

I had Darren specifically build me a 26" uni and put on a 1.25" slick tire. After pumping the tire up to 60 psi along with an air seat, the ride is as smooth as a baby’s butt.

Fat tires, with their large contact patch and low air pressure, have a lot of rolling resistance, which makes it harder to pedal, making you fatigue/tire quicker. Skinny tires have a smaller contact patch with the rolling surface, thus reducing the rolling resistance. Skinny tires are also thinner and lighter. This means you can ride longer and faster with less effort.

This all means if you’re riding on a hard surface like a road, sidewalk (please, we beat that topic to death, but it was interesting) or bike path you’ll get a smoother, more enjoyable ride with less effort. And wouldn’t that put a smile on any rider’s face?

With this smaller contact patch, a skinny tire is a little harder to control at an idle. As well the higher air pressure can be brutal on the butt, so an air seat will make life worth living.

I’m planning on doing a 25km/15.5mi “Ride for Heart” this summer, and I’ll do it on my 26x1.25" slick. My muni, with its longer cranks and 24x2.6" footprint is best saved for the dirt trail.

Many people are struggling to find a slick for their 24" unis. Fireballs are now expensive and hard to come by. The other 24" slick is an IRC Metro, a 24x2.0" but IRC says it’ll be a challenge to find. I specifically chose the 26" size because there are so many inexpensive yet top quality slick tires in that format. Like them or not, the MTB riders have way more options than we do, so I joined the 26" camp for this uni.

Check out my tire page at http://torontounicyclists.tripod.com/tire.htm

Fat is good for MUni/trials but skinny is king for the road and distance.

Don_TaiATyahooDOTcoDOTuk, Toronto, Canada

Re: skinny tires good for anything?

On Fri, 22 Mar 2002 16:37:02 -0600, don.tai
<don.tai.1xula@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:

>Many people are struggling to find a slick for their 24" unis. Fireballs
>are now expensive and hard to come by. The other 24" slick is an IRC
>Metro, a 24x2.0" but IRC says it’ll be a challenge to find.

Check out http://www.airnimal.com/airnimal.html
Then click Accessories on the left side.
There you will find a bunch of 24" tires.

Also, and much easier for US-residents:
http://www.terrybicycles.com/BPA/2400000.lasso

Cheers, Oz

Re: skinny tires good for anything?

on a similar tack but not exactly… and mainly for the uk market,

I think it got mentioned by Fred that we have some new stock in, well it
includes some really good 24" tyres. We have struggled to try and find some
really good 24" tyres and have found totally by chance two really good
offerings.
In the specials bin at the trade store I found a Indian 24x2 hybrid tyre
that comes with a free inner tube. Like a lot of Indian tyre is has nice
ridged side walls and a large volume. The amazing bit is that it will cost
only £6! sorry limited offer and I have not put it on the site yet! give me
10 mins!
http://www.unicycle.uk.com/shop/shopdisplayproduct.asp?catalogid=156
The other one is the tyre that comes with the Nimbus II, 24"x2.25" I have
these as spares at last, what I have found is that this tyre is superb as a
racing tyre, it is also only 2mm inside the max IUF dims! :slight_smile:
http://www.unicycle.uk.com/shop/shopdisplayproduct.asp?catalogid=154

Roger


The UK’s Unicycle Source


----- Original Message -----
From: “Oliver Zechlin” <oliverzechlin@msn.com>
Newsgroups: rec.sport.unicycling
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Sent: Friday, March 22, 2002 11:24 PM
Subject: Re: skinny tires good for anything?

> On Fri, 22 Mar 2002 16:37:02 -0600, don.tai
> <don.tai.1xula@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote:
>
> >Many people are struggling to find a slick for their 24" unis. Fireballs
> >are now expensive and hard to come by. The other 24" slick is an IRC
> >Metro, a 24x2.0" but IRC says it’ll be a challenge to find.
>
> Check out http://www.airnimal.com/airnimal.html
> Then click Accessories on the left side.
> There you will find a bunch of 24" tires.
>
> Also, and much easier for US-residents:
> http://www.terrybicycles.com/BPA/2400000.lasso
>
> Cheers, Oz
>
>


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Re: skinny tires good for anything?

“don.tai” <don.tai.1xula@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
news:don.tai.1xula@timelimit.unicyclist.com
> Fat tires, with their large contact patch and low air pressure, have a
> lot of rolling resistance, which makes it harder to pedal, making you
> fatigue/tire quicker. Skinny tires have a smaller contact patch with the
> rolling surface, thus reducing the rolling resistance. Skinny tires are
> also thinner and lighter. This means you can ride longer and faster with
> less effort.
>
> This all means if you’re riding on a hard surface like a road, sidewalk
> (please, we beat that topic to death, but it was interesting) or bike
> path you’ll get a smoother, more enjoyable ride with less effort. And
> wouldn’t that put a smile on any rider’s face?

Yes yes yes yes yeeees. I have a 700cx38 (1.5" wide) hybrid tyre on my new
wheel and I took it for a ride offroad the other day. There was enough mud
so I’d have been sliding about on the gazaloddi and a fair bit of sand, but
no very deep mud. Rode it down a long muddy slightly rocky trail from the
top of a hill and I was amazed at the way it just cut through the mud to the
ground beneath and kept on going through sticky mud. And all this soooo fast
and smooth on the 110mm cranks. I had the biggest grinniest grin on my face
when I fell off (oops) at the bottom of the hill.

I think while the fat gazz tyres are the king for really muddy stuff and
anything where lots and lots of traction is needed or bouncing around is
being done, but when it gets a bit less muddy the super new unicycle is the
only one being played with. Well until it dries up enough for the coker to
come back out to play maybe.

Joe