Just hit 2500 miles, need new 27.5" x 1.95" tires and Maintenance suggestions

hoboin

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USA
Hello all, i am a daily rider on my Ariel Rider Rideal which i got back in August of last year, riding about 16 to 20 miles a day for the last 6 months, i use it to ride to work in all weather (minus snow and ice). The back tire balded VERY quickly, i would say within 1000 miles and when riding on some semi icy situations it was pretty scary so i would like to get some new ones but there are a lot of options out there and just seeing if any have any suggestions. The bike came with 27.5" x 1.95" and i would assume i would just want to replace them with the same x 1.95" but is there any reason i should go bigger?

Also any thing i should do besides heavy cleaning and checking/replacing brake pads? I have the tires off and i am going to take off the rotors and clean them before i inspect the brakes. Also i am trying to clean the bike fully and remove dirty and grease from various parts. Also i am replacing the chain now.
 

mschwett

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USA
sounds like you’re getting great use out of the bike! no need to go bigger if you’ve been happy with the ride comfort on your typical surfaces, but that’s a very short lifespan for a tire. lots of choices in that approximate size, the schwalbe marathon is a durable, long lasting puncture resistant tire in 27.5 x 2. pretty heavy and expensive but bulletproof.
 

indianajo

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If my local bike shop doesn't have 2" kenda or Giant knobbies, I buy tires from modernbike.com IA or universalcycles.com PA or OR. I ride $26 knobbies on road because there are few flats as long as the knobs are >3/32" tall. I replace them after about 2000 miles, and most of them I never have a flat. Also knobbies climb the driveways better than street tires, now that the city has raised most driveways to a 1 1/2" edge. I reuse the tubes at 2000 miles, and I don't use slime liners or armor.
I will ride on snow, but will not ride on ice. There are spiked tires available, but there are few enough days with ice piled in the bike lane I just stay home, here in southern Indiana. In Minnesota I'd have to do a seasonal change of tires, or buy a car. Good reason to not retire in Minnesota, $4000 a year car amortization.
Bigger tires may be more comfortable on the bumps, but may not fit in your forks or fenders. 2.1" is as large as will fit my bike, a yuba bodaboda. I had to bend the fender struts out to clear the knobs on even those.
 
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hoboin

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Region
USA
i ended up going with the following tire, at 27.5" and around 2" there weren't many options to get it shipped relatively quickly, and this was the best rated one that i could get quickly. The install of the tannus armor went in so much easier with the slightly larger tire, this new one was 2.1" vs my Rideal's 1.95" original tire.