MB-1-E Part Twenty Two: New Tire
Last week my rear tire had a blowout.
Fortunately I was going slow and was able to get off the bike before all the air had escaped.
It all happened pretty quick though, could have been a problem if I was crusin' at full speed.
I looked down and there was a pencil sized hole right through the tire, it was a cheap Wally-World tire.
Walked the bike home, along the grass where I could, so I wouldn't hurt the ARAYA #7X 26x 1.75 Alloy Silver anodized rim.
Bikes been sittin' ever since.
Right after it happened I asked eChuck what tires he'd been using. He went with the Schwalbe Hookwork I believe.
Chuck recommended several good tires and since we both have heavy bikes and neither one of us are lightweights, I figured I'd just go with something he had already researched.
I decided to get the Schwalbe Big Apple tire.
It's one of the fatter tires they make.
I doesn't have lugs like my mountain bike tires but it's got a Kevlar belt and according to the specs has great grip on wet roads, rolls along nicely with little drag, is pretty good in puncture resistance and has good durability.
I'm not too worried about the front tire, it's not carrying anywhere near the load that the back does and the one I have seems to still be in great shape.
I took some measurements to be sure that the tire would fit in my bike's frame, researched to be pretty sure that the it would work with my rim and decided to order one 26x 2.35 Schwalbe Big Apple tire.
I also got a #13 Schwalbe tube made specifically for this size tire and a big rubber band to protect the tube from the spokes and spoke nuts. Came to $55.15 w/ shipping.
I think it should last much longer than my previous tire and probably add more shock absorbtion (since it's a fat tire). I'm not too worried about off road, the bike has plenty of weight so I really doubt that will be an issue.
I'll keep y'all posted on how it goes on, how it looks on the bike and performs on and off road.
I'll be back on the road again soon. Yahoooooooo!