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How wide would you go?
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For new tires on an early 90's steel frame Specialized Stump Jumper with 26" wheels? I've found one I'm putting back together. Thanks.
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It depends on what you intend to use the bike for - - (???)

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My one and only bike is a Surly Troll all purpose bike. It has 26" wheels, and the rims are 31 mm wide (wider than old school mtn bike rimes).

I ride with 26 x 2" wide Schwalbe Big Apple tires, and this is what I have used the past couple of years. I keep the air pressure just above 30 psi in front, and about 35-38 psi rear. Note, I weigh about 165 lb so your air pressure will be different if you weigh more or less.

These are multi-purpose tires and work well on pavement, cobblestone, hard pack dirt and hard pack dirt/gravel. The non-paved surfaces I ride on here in Germany are mostly flat or rolling hills. This is also an awesome city bike in Germany, because I float over the cobblestones and rough pavement spots. When I am in Tucson, the wide tires with low pressure soak up all the rough spots on the road. Did I mention that many roads in Tucson are poorly paved?

These tires are not intended to be used on gnarly off road rough trails with loose rock, loose dirt or mud. You would need more aggressive knobby tires, and probably wider like 26 x 2.3.

I used to have 3 beautiful road bikes, but I became so happy riding the Surly Troll with the 2" wide tires, that all my other bikes started collecting dust. After some months I sold all 3 road bikes on Craigslist.


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Thanks Raymondj. Grateful_G, mostly street riding but a little off ride I guess. Nothing dramatic here in Dallas.

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for Road use, Panaracer Pasela 1 1/2" tires are nice without breaking the bank. Get fabric bead and you can mount them without pry bars. I run 65 psi rear and 60 front. They handle chip seal very nicely.

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On my Ti-Mtb bike, which I converted to a Touring bike, I'm running Panaracer RiBMo 1.75" tires. 65 PSI. I love 'em. They come to kind of a point in the center of the tire - so at max pressure they roll like a 28. Fast rolling for a wide tire- and heavy duty when you need it.

https://www.panaracer.com/lineup/urban_touring.html

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On my Ti-Mtb bike, which I converted to a Touring bike, I'm running Panaracer RiBMo 1.75" tires. 65 PSI. I love 'em. They come to kind of a point in the center of the tire - so at max pressure they roll like a 28. Fast rolling for a wide tire- and heavy duty when you need it.

www.panaracer.com/lineup/urban_touring.html

Sorry, I don't know how to make it blue.
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On my Ti-Mtb bike, which I converted to a Touring bike, I'm running Panaracer RiBMo 1.75" tires. 65 PSI. I love 'em. They come to kind of a point in the center of the tire - so at max pressure they roll like a 28. Fast rolling for a wide tire- and heavy duty when you need it.

www.panaracer.com/lineup/urban_touring.html

Sorry, I don't know how to make it blue.
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Change the https to http, blank before the http and after the end of the link.
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Thanks, maschwab. I'll try to remember that.

I'm old and technologically challenged.

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posted 6/7/2019
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Thanks Raymondj. Grateful_G, mostly street riding but a little off ride I guess. Nothing dramatic here in Dallas.
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At wide as will fit the frame! Wider is never bad with a few provisos.

1.75" is probably wide enough for street riding and a bit off road and would probably leave you room for fenders (and why wouldn't you want fenders?).
For a frame of that vintange, you are probably limited to around 2" maybe 2.25" The Contiental Town and Country comes in 26x1.9 and 26x2.1 and has a nice tread for the street than also handles off road occasions pretty well.
www.biketiresdirect.com/product/continental-town-and-country-26-inch-tire?v=2620000&adl=1&gclid=CPSgjbPp1-ICFYy1wAod9_gF7w
My commuter bike (with fenders) has a Continental Country Plus 26x1.75 up front and a 26x2.0 rear also with a good mixed use tread for the street/unpaved path plus flat protection. Run at 48 psi or so for the street and can lower for the path. www.amazon.com/Continental-Country-Travel-50-559-Reflex/dp/B0719PB1DW/ref=sr_1_1?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3oPOkevX4gIVWLXACh3T5Qc_EAMYASAAEgJL9fD_BwE&hvadid=174227520893&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9028280&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1o1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=7512228821905353914&hvtargid=kwd-19097443357&hydadcr=24630_9648900&keywords=continental%2Bcountry%2Bplus&qid=1559926698&s=gateway&sr=8-1&th=1&psc=1
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posted 6/7/2019
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bikerumor.com/2016/08/12/tech-story-match-bicycle-tire-width-rim-width-best-results/

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bikerumor.com/2016/08/12/tech-story-match-bicycle-tire-width-rim-width-best-results/
-- posted by ptsbike


Excellent point! I tend to focus on fitting the frame, but the rims are important.
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