Friday, February 6, 2009

Inflation

Well, yet another Knick game tonight has me scrambling to post just about anything so I can get out the door. I don't manage my time well. So, one thought:

As bikes get lower and lighter and tires get fatter and fatter, is the ultimate goal to simply create a bike that can stand on its own?

Enjoy the weekend.

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22 comments:

Russ said...

If only I could post from the G1 as well as comment. Sigh.

Anyway, consider this an addendum rather than a comment: The current big-bar trend also fits into the Balance Theory. The evolution of the BMX bike will be complete when someone builds one that can be slowly ghost-ridden across the Grand Canyon on a single 2x4.

Smitty said...

Ya know, 3" Wide 20" street tires are still out there, leftovers from the Stingray choppers that Schwinn tried to pawn on America's youth 2-3 years ago.

steve said...

is this 2.3 to go along with the 2.1, so their 2.25 goes with the 1.9?

Anonymous said...

yeah, dammit. choices are bad.

Russ said...

Apologies for the total fail on the shirt poll, too.

Monday.

Maxime Rousseau said...

I like my tires slim, just because I roll around lots to gets to street spots, parks and the rest. 1.85 Path Plyte front and back is the setup I liked most so far.

meat said...

I dont see the problem with bigger tyres myself, you can run higher pressures than normal and still get a bit of cussioning on big impacts... surely a benefit to you decrepit moaning old bastards? I find they have a much more grip and a more predictable break away when sliding too.
These particular tyres could of cause be shit, but i like them in principal.

G.S.GUCCILIFE said...

I can tell that T.F.A aint Ty-patrolling them posts anymore....

verification word:shands

bill said...

I love the big fat tires. All my bikes have fatties. Even my all-mountain bike has a 2.5 on the front. Overkill maybe. But I just like the width and forgiveness.

steve said...

lower rolling resitance is a smaller tyre with higher psi. and the 2.3 measure is only the width right? when will we see tyre makers listing the 'hight' and 'width' of the tyre?

won't a taller sidewall but a 1.85 width @ 120psi be the most 'efficient'? like how a 38c tyre is larger than a 23c? not really wider, only taller?

nate said...

I've got 2.35" Schwalbe slicks on my 26" and 29" bikes. Looks like they make a 20" x 2.35" tire as well (the Crazy Bob).

The thought of big fat fatties on my BMX bike does intrigue me, but I'm hesitant to make the jump just yet.

steve said...

is a 2.5 on a mtb front really a fatty? like really? don't they go to 3.7? like i don't even ride the shit and i know they go bigger.

bill said...

steve, yes they do go way larger but the last time a 3" + tire was intriguing was in 2002...

most DH tires are 2.5 - 2.7 now a days. So yes a 2.5" tire on a all-mountain bike is considered a fatty. Most run a 2.1 - 2.35 on that type of bike.

Russ said...

I had 3.0s on my old Spooky Project X. It was like pedaling a Buick.

Brandon "Afro" Sakelarides said...

since you borrowed that from my bmxboard post you owe me. next time i drive up to new york its mandatory i ride the banks with you.

Mexican John said...

a 2.3" tire on the front certainly wont be 'FAF', more like 'SAF'

ljwunder said...

word verification: spead

aL said...

kids wanna wip, barspin (old habbits never go away) and three everything, fat rear tires makes sense to suck up those misses, save thoses 200 dollar hoops out back

i dunno, i finally have 2 tires of the same make and size, and i gotta say, kinda nice how they stick out away from the rim for grinds, no more ground up rim walls, i still have a brake, and yea, they do make for some nice fluffy landings

2.3 just goes back to having a big little senario, and a little too close to the trials bike theory in reverse,

schwinn 2.5's out back, with 4 lbs of pressure.. with a 1.75 skinwall comp 3 out front?..

still debating the fruit scoot vs trials bike theory...

t.f.a. said...

G.S.

gave up long ago. the shop keeps me busy enough to not have the time to red pen a blog. and if i did have the time this is one of the (usually) more intelligent BMX related ones out so my tendency is to be more forgiving to these fine folks. it's easier for me to overlook a missing apostrophe or wrong "your/you're" than it is for someone to call out someone else for "prolly being a dooshbag" thanks for noticing my absence, though.

G.S.GUCCILIFE said...

No problems TFA,that was more of a line than a comment,just to keep a good vibe goin on!Dont worry,your name is still followed by four stars ,on that oak by the trails....

verification word:scherri

shand said...

Todd from Albe's.

I actually enjoy reading your comments.

ingshif said...

Russ, why would you care if a kid stupid enough to buy this stem would break his neck? It's a given.

And Russ, why would you or anyone else want to piss off Mr George French, he has done a lot for the BMX industry. I've met him in person, he's a decent guy.

He's been trolled, called names, and hassled just for the heck of it in Internet forums countless of times. And now you are suggesting another way to piss him off?

YOU FUCKING SUCK, RUSS!