As I mentioned in Part 1 of this two part post, I found the tires of my wife's bike were in questionable condition. Hence, I decided to replace them with brand new tires. I needed 700x38c and I couldn't think of a better choice than Schwalbe Marathon HS420 tires. I got these from Bill @ Wallingford Bicycles. As one would expect from Wallingford, the good arrived soon after ordering, as promised.
Marathon Extreme HS402 and Marathon Plus tires provide me the comfort I need, in knowing that they will not fail me on the road.
Below are some pictures of Schwalbe tires on my bikes.
1. Schwalbe Marathon Plus 20x1.75 Tires on Meera
2. Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700x36 on my Americano
3. Schwalbe Marathon Extreme HS402 26x2.5 Folding Tires on my Thorn Nomad
4. Schwalbe Marathon 16x1.5 on my Brompton
5. Schwalbe Marathon 700x38c tires on my wife's Raleigh C80 Hybrid
I do have a pair of tires which are not Schwalbe. These are the Vittoria Randonneur Pro tires that came stock on my Americano. Since getting the Chukker wheel with the SON dynamo hub built a couple of years ago, I have not used the front wheel from the Americano, very often. I keep it aired and it is hanging in my workshop. I left the rear tire of the Americano as is. It is still the original Vittoria that came with the bike.
The Schwalbe Marathon tires come with GreenGuard*, which is a 3mm thick band of highly elastic India rubber under the tread. One-third of the GreenGuard is made of recycled latex products. I have the Schwalbe Marathon tires on Brahma.
One other thing I have noticed with Schwalbe tires is that you don't have to air the tire for a very long time, even if you ride it everyday. Some of my bikes have both the tires and the tubes made by Schwalbe (my Thorn Nomad, my Americano and my Brompton, for instance) and I do not air these tires for longer than a month at times and the tire pressure does not drop significantly** (< 5 PSI, at the maximum).
Amazon. I try to buy locally, but none of the shops I called (the ones in Dallas/Irving) carried 700x38c tires or accessories.
Given the task of mounting the new tires and tubes on the Raleigh, I donned my nitrile gloves, got my Park Tool Tire Levers and tubes and went to work.
So, I thought the repairs on the Raleigh were done.
Little did I know: looks like the Raleigh could use some new brake pads. I am thinking KoolStop Salmon.
That's where my adventures stand as of now!
Any thoughts on what kinda of pads I need? Any suggestions?? Thanks in advance.
PS. * Information on GreenGuard courtesy of Wallingford Bicycles.
PPS. ** Significance referred to in this post is not to be confused with statistical significance testing.