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    Newbie tire questions - moving from mtn bike tires to urban tires

    Hello,
    I have a 1994 Bridgestone mountain bike (MB-3 frame and MB-4 components) with Ritchey Z-Max tires. The tires are 26x2.1 or 26x2.2 Ė I canít recall exactly.
    Now that I have a new mountain bike Iím going to use the Bridgestone for mostly paved paths (70%) and light-duty gravel or hard-packed trails (30%) with my family. Iím thinking that slicker tires would make the bike quieter, smoother, and more efficient.
    It looks like the Continental Town and Country tire would be a good choice for me. They come in two sizes, 26x2.1 or 26x1.9. Which would be a better choice for me? Would they both fit fine on my rims? Another question Ė would I need or want new inner-tubes when swapping tires? It looks like inner-tubes come in different widths. Thanks for any input!

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    Those tyres will both fit your rims. And your existing tubes will be fine. Where you run into trouble with tubes is when you try and fit a large tube (like a 2.1 - 2.35 size) into the likes of a 1" or 1.5" road slick, and end up pinching the tube between the bead and the rim, or run a very narrow tube (like a 1") in a large tyre like a 2.4

    Sizes - the 2.1 will be heavier but let you run softer pressure off road if you want, leading to a bit more grip and cushion. It's common on MTB's to run a larger tyre up front for more steering control and a narrower tyre out back for easy pedalling, especially on hardpacked surfaces.

    A style of tyre that works OK on road and light duty trails is this type - slick centre but with edging knobs for cornering grip off road. Often quite cheap too and of a harder compound to last longer on pavement.

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    Thanks so much! That information really helps!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob View Post
    Those tyres will both fit your rims. And your existing tubes will be fine. Where you run into trouble with tubes is when you try and fit a large tube (like a 2.1 - 2.35 size) into the likes of a 1" or 1.5" road slick, and end up pinching the tube between the bead and the rim, or run a very narrow tube (like a 1") in a large tyre like a 2.4

    Sizes - the 2.1 will be heavier but let you run softer pressure off road if you want, leading to a bit more grip and cushion. It's common on MTB's to run a larger tyre up front for more steering control and a narrower tyre out back for easy pedalling, especially on hardpacked surfaces.

    A style of tyre that works OK on road and light duty trails is this type - slick centre but with edging knobs for cornering grip off road. Often quite cheap too and of a harder compound to last longer on pavement.

    Kenda Krisp Tire > Components > Tires and Tubes > Tires | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop

    Kenda Kross Plus Tire > Components > Tires and Tubes > Tires | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop

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