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    New question here. how many sets of tires

    do you usually keep?

    i just pulled three small (1/2cm) thorns from my tire and put as many patches on my tube
    I also noticed my tires don't grip the dirt very well, running 40psi. i'm ~ 200lb.

    I usually ride a couple miles of gravel/dirt and about 10 miles paved trails during my daily routine.
    then i hit the dirt mounds, single tracks and hostile vegetation on the weekend.

    should i keep two sets of tires? and how easy(fast) is it to change them on the wheel?

    or is there one tire that does it all?
    incidentally, i picked up the thorns during my daily ride.

    thanks

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    Tires have a tendency to accumulate in my basement. Right now i have lying around:

    -Worn Big Betty 2.4 Gooey Glueys
    -New Big Betty 2.4 Gooey Glueys
    -Panaracer Rampage SC 26x2.35 used once
    -Schwalbe Rocket Ron 26x2.4
    -Schwalbe Kojak
    -Worn out Kenda Nevegal Stick-E
    -Continental Sport Contact 26x1.3
    -Kenda Karma new in their box
    -Kenda Klimax Lite 345
    -Schwalbe Racing Ralph26x2.25
    -Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro
    -Kenda Klondike

    ....and probably a few more. Some on bikes, some on wheels and some just around. I get rid of a few once in a while.

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    a set of 2.35" Trail tires
    a set of 2.2" trail tires
    a set of 2.3" Skatepark tires
    a set of 1.5" Slicks
    All mounted to wheels Ready to go (just need to swap cassettes)

    And a bunch not actually mounted on wheels......probably about 25.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed
    Tires have a tendency to accumulate in my basement. Right now i have lying around:

    -Worn Big Betty 2.4 Gooey Glueys
    -New Big Betty 2.4 Gooey Glueys
    -Panaracer Rampage SC 26x2.35 used once
    -Schwalbe Rocket Ron 26x2.4
    -Schwalbe Kojak
    -Worn out Kenda Nevegal Stick-E
    -Continental Sport Contact 26x1.3
    -Kenda Karma new in their box
    -Kenda Klimax Lite 345
    -Schwalbe Racing Ralph26x2.25
    -Schwalbe Ice Spiker Pro
    -Kenda Klondike

    ....and probably a few more. Some on bikes, some on wheels and some just around. I get rid of a few once in a while.
    At least double that and that's what I've got lying around.

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    Several... I know how many, my wife doesn't... and never will.
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    Yeah, two sets of wheels with mounted tires suiting road/offroad conditions is the quick and easy way to change.

    But, changing tires usually takes a few minutes each, so give that a shot. If you don't have a floor pump, get one.

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    Too Many

    1 set worn Minion DHF Supertacky 2.5
    1 set used High Roller 3c 2.5
    1 newish minion DHF 3c 2.5
    1 new set minion DHF UST supertacky 2.5
    1 new minion DHR 60a
    1 set new ardents 2.5
    1 set used ardents 2.5
    1 set wetscreams 2.5
    1 set swampthing 2.5
    1 new El moco 2.5
    1 set used nevegal 2.5
    1 set used short tracker 2.35 dh casing
    1 set used specialized eskar
    1 minion DHF 2.35
    1 high roller 2.35
    1 set used Bontrager jones xr 2.25
    1 set used nanoraptor 29x2.1


    Don't have this many tires. As you can probably tell, I race DH and spend waaaaay too much money on tires.
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    The ones on my bikes, and no more.

    Used to have piles of the things, but it annoyed me so now I operate a one in-one out policy.

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    Mountain bike tires... not many. I have the set on my bike and a spare front tire.

    Road tires... a lot. The sets on my road bikes (so six slick tires there) a spare 27" slick, two spare 700C 'cross tires, two 'cross tires that I use, with low knobs, and one with bigger knobs that goes on later in the season, when courses get muddier.

    I have a Panaracer Dart SC on the front of my mountain bike right now, and I'm very happy with it in all conditions. I'd like to have a wet season and a dry season rear, though. So at the moment, that would mean an additional rear MTB tire, because the WTB Velociraptor is a pretty good wet/mud tire, IMO.
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    Only a couple normally - I hate having partly worn tyres lying around the place.

    Although ATM I'm trying to resist the $5 Geax 2.25 Sedonas (GREEN!) that the LBS has...

    Less isn't MOAR

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    I keep 3 sets in active rotation: 1 race set, 1 trail set and 1 aggressive trail set. I also have some slicks for pavement (have a couple bikes that are better for road, but these tires come in handy from time to time) and a bunch of old tires that aren't quite worn out, but that I don't want to use anymore... also can come in handy as back-up tires.

    In your case, you might want to pick up another wheelset so you can just swap them out quickly with one for street tires, and one for MTB tires... a good excuse to upgrade your wheels!
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    1 - Kenda Blue Groove 2.1
    1 - Kenda Small Block Eight 2.35
    1 - Kends Nevegal 2.35
    1 - Maxxis Crossmark 2.1
    1 - Maxxis Crossmark 2.25
    1 - Maxxis Advantage 2.4
    1 - Maxxis Larsen TT 2.35
    1 - Maxxis High Roller 2.35
    1 - Maxxis Minion dhf 2.35
    1 - Maxxis Minion dhf 2.5
    1 - Syncros BHT-2 front 2.5
    1 - Syncros BHT-2 rear 2.5
    1 - WTB prowler xt 2.3
    1 - WTB prowler ss 2.3
    2 - Geax sturdy 2.25

    too many...I need to clean these out.
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    2 WTB Prowler MX
    1 WTB Prowler XT
    1 Bontrager Jones XR
    1 Michelin XC Dry
    2 Maxxis Crossmark
    1 IRC Serac XC
    1 Michelin Sprint S
    2 Hutchinson Python
    2 Kenda K???
    2 Nokian WXC 300
    2 IRC Metro II

    +9 tires for my CX bike

    26 bicycle tires for me. Since I have three bikes, I have a stack of 20 sitting in the garage. I'd like more.
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    try more....

    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    2 WTB Prowler MX
    1 WTB Prowler XT
    1 Bontrager Jones XR
    1 Michelin XC Dry
    2 Maxxis Crossmark
    1 IRC Serac XC
    1 Michelin Sprint S
    2 Hutchinson Python
    2 Kenda K???
    2 Nokian WXC 300
    2 IRC Metro II

    +9 tires for my CX bike

    26 bicycle tires for me. Since I have three bikes, I have a stack of 20 sitting in the garage. I'd like more.

    Ryan - at least I think its Ryan - what about Conti and specialized ??? Not to mention Schwalbe!!! I have extra's if you want to try them. You really dont know tires until you try them all.

    later...LC

    (I buy about three-four pair a season - CRAZY!)

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    Innumerable (7 or 8) Kenda Nevegals in various states of wear....(used to like them now I don't).

    Two sets of Nokian M&G studs, one has a busted bead.
    One set of Nokian Freddie Revenz studs, rubber half gone, studs fine

    6 pairs of Conti Verticals various states of wear.

    1 Maxxis Crossmark mostly worn.

    1 Maxxis Oriflame (hate it brand new)

    4 Specialized Captains mostly new (don't like em).

    3 Pairs on Mythos worn out.

    3 Panaracer Fire XC...no good couldn't take Stans for some reason.

    1 Pair of Conti Sport Contacts

    1 Bonty slick (forget what it is called).

    So 43 tires....more or less. Not counting the ones I tossed.

    Oh yeah I got 1pair of IRC Seracs, and 1pair of Maxxis Advantage tires.

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    The number is constantly changing but in my house between four cyclist we have about 150 tires not on bikes.

    Yes, we have a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fulanito
    do you usually keep?

    i just pulled three small (1/2cm) thorns from my tire and put as many patches on my tube
    I also noticed my tires don't grip the dirt very well, running 40psi. i'm ~ 200lb.

    I usually ride a couple miles of gravel/dirt and about 10 miles paved trails during my daily routine.
    then i hit the dirt mounds, single tracks and hostile vegetation on the weekend.

    should i keep two sets of tires? and how easy(fast) is it to change them on the wheel?

    or is there one tire that does it all?
    incidentally, i picked up the thorns during my daily ride.

    thanks
    Around 150 pair.

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    Jeez, some of you have more tires than me!
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    i need to have another clearout!

    1x Racing Ralph EVO 26x2.0 triple nano - light use (split sidewall on other tire)
    2x Racing Ralph EVO 26x2.25 triple nano - new/unmounted
    2x Racing Ralph EVO SnakeSkin 26x2.25 triple nano - mounted up on wheelset
    2x Rocket Ron EVO 26x2.25 triple nano - new/unmounted
    4x Rocket Ron EVO 26x2.25 new triple nano - mounted on wheelsets
    2x Race King World Cup 26x2.2 black chili - mounted on wheelset
    2x Race King World Cup 26x2.2 black chili - new/unmounted
    3x Race King SuperSonic 26x2.2 black chili - light use
    2x Race King Protection 26x2.2 black chili - light use
    2x Race King Protection 26x2.2 black chili - mounted on wheelset
    3x Mountain King Protection 26x2.2 new/unmounted
    2x Mountain King Protection 26x2.2 - mounted up on wheelset
    2x Hutchinson Python Lite TR 26x2.0 - mounted up on wheelset
    1x Hutchinson Python Lite TR 26x1.95 - light use
    2x WTB MutanoRaptor 26x2.14 - light use
    1x Conti Ultra Sport Home Trainer Tire 26x2.0 - quite used
    ...might be more

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    I give a lot of my tires away so it's not as bad as cultureSponges list but likely wouldn't be far off if not for this.

    I went 69er so I could test out 29" and 26" tyres on the front

    WTB stouts 1/2 worn.
    29-3 is 1/3rd worn.
    The rest are barely used.

    I've got tires that made it to the top of my road and back before being relegated to the cellar

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    Shiggy's the winner

    He who dies with the most tires wins!

    Aww, and my missus is wondering why I 'need' to keep 7-8 tires lying around the shed.
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    worn hutchinson python
    new geax saguaro
    set of wtb vulpines
    set of wtb exiwolfs
    set of continental vapors
    set of bontrager jones

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    Quote Originally Posted by fulanito
    do you usually keep?

    i just pulled three small (1/2cm) thorns from my tire and put as many patches on my tube
    I also noticed my tires don't grip the dirt very well, running 40psi. i'm ~ 200lb.

    I usually ride a couple miles of gravel/dirt and about 10 miles paved trails during my daily routine.
    then i hit the dirt mounds, single tracks and hostile vegetation on the weekend.

    should i keep two sets of tires? and how easy(fast) is it to change them on the wheel?

    or is there one tire that does it all?
    incidentally, i picked up the thorns during my daily ride.

    thanks
    Let some psi out! That is definitely contributing to your lack of traction. I am 230lbs and running 25-30 psi with tubes on 2.35 tires. As for the amount of tires I always keep a backup but really if you can find one or two sets that work perfectly in your area there is no need to have tons of tires, but it will, of course, take some time to find that perfect tire. I'm running 2.35 Kenda Nevegal/Small Block 8 F/R in the Ohio area and that's all I need for every trail I've ridden here,

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    Not mounted:
    (2) 1.95" Fast Trak LKs (stock tires from the Rockhopper)
    2.2" SWorks Captain and 2" Captain Control (stock tires from my Camber, never been ridden)
    (2) 1.95" Hemishpere Armadillos (for pavement)
    (1) 2.2" Race King Folding
    (1) 2.4" Mountain King Folding

    Currently mounted on my HT:
    (2) 2.2" Trail King Black Chili

    Currently mounted on my FS:
    2.2" R and 2.4" F Mountain King Supersonic

    If I had to pick one set I'd be torn between the TKs and the MKs. MK is probably better for winter and spring, the TKs seem to work slightly better for me in the dried up hardpack and leaves of summer and fall.

    On the road end of the spectrum I've got a set of $10 Forte 23mm slicks for the trainer, and the stock Roubaix 23/25mm tires for riding on the pavement.
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