Fat guy seeks heavy duty tires.

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by TobiasKilroy, Jul 7, 2015.

  1. TobiasKilroy

    TobiasKilroy Member

    I am here, as per the rules, for technical advice.

    My bike: Panama Jack Cruiser by Huffy from Walmart.
    Tires: 26x2.125
    Three piece crank and single speed coaster brake hub.
    I re-laced the front rim around a Shimano disc brake hub. I then mounted the Avid Elixr 160 kit to the front fork with a third party adapter bracket.

    My motor kit is the 49cc 4-stroke model sold by Bike Berry via Ebay.

    I assembled my DIY project successfully over a month ago. Since obtaining a 68/153 square taper bottom bracket cartridge from Sick Bike Parts I have zero unsolved mechanical issues related to bike functionality.

    Right now you are probably thinking 'Why is this dude here, he doesn't even have a problem?'

    Well you're not quite right.

    I am a large substantially built guy and this bike is my primary means of transportation. I've logged 5-600 miles of city driving on this project already and plan to log many more.

    Now if you were to guess that my issues are where the rubber meet the road, you'd be right.

    Standard Bell brand bicycle tires are simply too light duty & puncture prone. Cheng Shin tires though better are still not good enough.

    Summary for those who didn't read the whole thing:

    I need and am petitioning help in finding tires to fit my bike that are the toughest, meanest, most badass pieces of rubber I can wrap around my rims.

    Bonus points if they come in White Wall.

    Additionally after reading a few threads I have 5 tires that I would appreciate help

    comparing & contrasting:
    Thank you for reading this far.
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2015

  2. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    try some Kenda Flames
  3. TobiasKilroy

    TobiasKilroy Member

    You got the link?
  4. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

  5. TobiasKilroy

    TobiasKilroy Member

    Unfortunately I can't fit any bigger than what I've got. Clearance is microscopic.
  6. TobiasKilroy

    TobiasKilroy Member

    Thank you btw
  7. KCvale

    KCvale Motorized Bicycle Vendor

    Google 'Kevlar Bike Tires'.
  8. TobiasKilroy

    TobiasKilroy Member

    I need to be honest. I'm a bit useless when it comes to the internet.

    It was a stroke of luck finding this forum.

    I can do all the google searches I want, I can find many different products for sale that all claim to be the solution to my problem. My point is that I do not possess the needed technical or real world knowledge to accurately choose which product would be best for my needs. That's why I'm even here in the first place.

    I have 17 tires that I would appreciate help comparing & contrasting:
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2015
  9. The_Aleman

    The_Aleman Active Member

  10. TobiasKilroy

    TobiasKilroy Member

    I have the white wall version of that on my bike currently. C-1218-4

    I've got maybe 200 miles on them. The tread still looks good but it has diminished some. Unfortunately they aren't much for flat prevention in my area.

    BTW how does one ascertain that one is indeed buying the German continentals?
  11. The_Aleman

    The_Aleman Active Member

    I live in the Sacramento area as well and have yet to see a flat in 2 years. Maybe you're using a crappy tube and/or underinflating the tire, causing more wear.

    As for getting real German Continentals, I spose you'd have to ask the vendor. It will say on the tire where it was made.

    Newer ones seem to be made in either Taiwan or India. I don't know how the India tires are, but the Taiwan-made ones are a little over half as good as German.
  12. TobiasKilroy

    TobiasKilroy Member

    I would capitulate to crappy tube, not under inflating. I run max tire pressure plus 2psi exclusively.

    A sac guy would know, but However ave is lousy with bad pavement and sharp debris.

    I've got the anti-thorn tube by kenda with the green slime inside my tire now. I also have the old school tire armor trick in place. So far no flats but my commute has changed and I have few miles on this setup.
  13. TobiasKilroy

    TobiasKilroy Member

    Well it's a moot point. My bike isn't going to last longer than my current tires.
  14. msamigo

    msamigo Member

    Bike Bug LLC worked very hard at developing a Rear Wheel Rim and Spokes - That will not twist or break under the additional, constant torque developed by a bicycle engine. We went to the motorcycle industry and first thing we noticed was the rim had an internal upset section in the center. We were told this upset or bend in the steel meant those forces embedded in the steel would have to be overcame before the wheel would twist. The second were the spokes were heavy gauge steel and short - so we used as heavy a gauge spoke at an economical price and prototype several rim designs. We tested the designs on friction drive, chain drive and belt drive bicycle engine systems - thus started production of what we think is the safest motorized bicycle wheel on the market. The Engineering Principle of Steel that is bent must be overcome before it can bend differently - stops this rim from twisting. The heavier steel spokes prevents them from breaking. The indented spoke nuts into the rim upset also help protect the tube from puncture. Solid Steel Rim with 12 Gauge Spokes - Upset Reinforced Rim with spoke heads recessed includes rear brake arm and mounting bracket. 26" X 2.125" 12 Gauge 36H 1.4T that matches 26" 2,125" tire Spoke: 12 Gauge 257mm with steel nipple Rear Coaster Hub 3/8" 12 Gauge 36 H 110 W 140mm Free wheel 18T with flange nut.
  15. mikedabomb

    mikedabomb Member

    If you cut strips of milk carton plastic, you can duct tape them inside any tire for extreme flat protection, building up as thick of a layer as you please. Free, just takes a day's time
  16. sbest

    sbest Active Member

    Max pressure makes them more puncture prone. Easier to drive nails in well braced wood.
    What you need is a balance. Have just enough pressure that you will never have the tread hit the rim or bead.
    Put a 3/4" rock on the pavement and set the tire on it.
    Let air out until with all your weight the tire surrounds the rock without hitting the rim. Now +2psi it!
    You will have a better ride, more traction and tires will last longer.