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A simple and complex question for you all. Relatively new to the sport and looking to learn more about tires today. Ive noticed that when purchasing tires, the two factors that I still dont have a grasp on are width (22-25 etc) and tpi. If anyone can give me a brief 101 on this and the real world application/use/difference within these options it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.
 
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Comobosques said:
Thats a great article, thank you. So know Im curious if anyone here has had any luck/experience with mixing tire widths front and back?
Bikes aren't like cars; you don't typically get funny handling characteristics mixing different brands & sizes front & back. But in general, if you want to slow the handling down a bit, a wider tire (especially in the front) will do that.

You could theorize that a wider tire in the rear is a good choice because you have more weight back there, but a bit more than minimal required width on the front tire keeps it from washing out in turns.

It's really not rocket science any way you slice it. For general road use for our customers, we recommend 25c (or wider) if they weigh over 190 lbs, 23c otherwise. For commuting, go a bit wider for improved durability.
 
Mike Jacoubowsky said:
Bikes aren't like cars; you don't typically get funny handling characteristics mixing different brands & sizes front & back. But in general, if you want to slow the handling down a bit, a wider tire (especially in the front) will do that.

You could theorize that a wider tire in the rear is a good choice because you have more weight back there, but a bit more than minimal required width on the front tire keeps it from washing out in turns.

It's really not rocket science any way you slice it. For general road use for our customers, we recommend 25c (or wider) if they weigh over 190 lbs, 23c otherwise. For commuting, go a bit wider for improved durability.

Hi Mike!

bicycles.tech has gotten stoopid, hasn't it?
 

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