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    Hello all, this is my first post here, I am relatively new to commuting and have a small question. I have a hybrid bike, which I love due to being a avid mtn biker, and it came with 28c tires. My question is that when they wear out would I be wise to replace them with a larger size? It seems to ride a little rougher than I would like, and was wondering if the larger tire size would soften that up without slowing me down to much. I am also wondering what a good tire in that size might be, I know mtn bike tires, but have no clue about road or cross' tires. I ride mostly rural roads out here in AZ with very, very small rollers. Thanks for any input.

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    The speed depends on what you replace them with, and how sensitive you are to it. There are definitely faster and slower road tires, but most folks in this forum don't care much about speed. Just durability, comfort and handling (not necessarily in that order).

    As for comfort, when you need to replace the tires, just get some 32c, and see if you can tell the difference, or even some 35's. Most people I've seen make that switch can tell a difference right away, even if they don't know why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparky821
    It seems to ride a little rougher than I would like, and was wondering if the larger tire size would soften that up without slowing me down to much.
    How's your air pressure? Less than maximum will soften the ride without a significant add to rolling resistance.

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    I am running about 80 psi front and rear. The ride is not that bad, I just would like a little more cush. My mtn bike has 6" front and rear, so going to a full rigid with skinny tires was a little bit of a shock to me. It is mostly my hands that need the softer ride, would a carbon bar give me that cush, Then I could keep the smaller tires?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparky821
    I am running about 80 psi front and rear. The ride is not that bad, I just would like a little more cush. My mtn bike has 6" front and rear, so going to a full rigid with skinny tires was a little bit of a shock to me. It is mostly my hands that need the softer ride, would a carbon bar give me that cush, Then I could keep the smaller tires?

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    Try a 35c tire at around 80lbs or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OverStuffed
    Try a 35c tire at around 80lbs or so.
    I second this. That is exactly what I run on my commuting bike. It gives me a nice ride even on rough roads and I can easily cycle on non-technical trails as well.
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    I like the Panaracers in 35's. Works well on my gurlie's Trek Hybrid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thommy
    I like the Panaracers in 35's. Works well on my gurlie's Trek Hybrid.
    Those tires are nice but my favourites are the Schwalbe Marathon.
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    I'm a big fan of 32c Panaracer Urban Max. Roll fast, durable, and no hassle. I'm on my 2nd set, after foolishly trying Conti Ultrasports after my first Panas wore out.

    I'll probably go down to 28c Urban Max's when the bad weather finishes up for the winter.

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    Panaracer Pasela TG 700x35, run @ about 65lbs. They love dirt roads, and are plush on bad pavement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparky821
    I am running about 80 psi front and rear. The ride is not that bad, I just would like a little more cush. My mtn bike has 6" front and rear, so going to a full rigid with skinny tires was a little bit of a shock to me. It is mostly my hands that need the softer ride, would a carbon bar give me that cush, Then I could keep the smaller tires?

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    You're hoping to have an apple ride like an orange. No rigid bike is going to feel anything like a bike with six inches of travel fron and rear.
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    You're hoping to have an apple ride like an orange. No rigid bike is going to feel anything like a bike with six inches of travel fron and rear......


    not really, just a little more comfort, Id have to be a complete moron to expect a rigid to ride like my full squishy mtn bike. On a positive note, I did drop the pressure down to 75 psi and that seemed to do the trick for now. Maybe when this set wears out I will get some 32 or similar size.


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    I just got the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 35s and they grip very well in the cold wet conditions up here in Seattle. I would recommend them, but they are spendy, so make sure you are going to ride often..........MTT

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