- Nov 24, 2019
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- Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Unfortunately, those knobby tires I've currently got on the Schwinn are the best off road tires in my inventory, and even the front one still has a few cracks. I know next to nothing about how high/low tire pressure affects rideability, so this is all new to me. I don't really have the funds to get new tires right now, so I just used what I had, and figured it looked good enough to me.Lots of good points raised above. Knobby tires, particularly those old style low pressure ones like your front tire waste a heap of energy. The other point is your seat position. I’m not sure how tall you are but I’m 6’2 and need the seat up a much higher than yours on almost every bike I own or I get sore knees and feel worn out after a long ride. My rides are usually 16-20 miles. Check out how high I need the seat on Freeliner which I’m currently building. BTW the heavy, slow 40psi knobby tires I had on the bike on the test ride are getting replaced by a set of 80psi Maxxis DTH I pulled from a parts bike.View attachment 217523
As for the seat, I'm not much shorter at around 6' to 6' 3/4", but I hate having the seat sit so high, especially compared to the handlebars. It hurts my neck and back to ride that way, which is why I prefer having the seat down as low at it will go. If I need more power, I'll just stand on the pedals briefly until I get the speed I need. Plus I like how the bike looks with the seat down low. I could try raising the seat up a bit, but I don't know if that'll change anything. Plus, I'm not trying to go for maximum racing speed or distance. I'm just trying to go a steady 10-15mph at most without pushing myself too hard. My rides are usually only a couple miles long anyway, so I'm in no real rush to get somewhere. I ride my bikes to relax, get some fresh air, get a change of scenery, and have a little fun while getting some light exercise in the process.