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I let a friend borrow my bike and he had a new tire put on back it is a 170/80-15 and now the tire rubs the stabilizer bar and if you adjust it off the bar then it rubs the chain is this tire bigger than the original 150/90-15 or is there something else that can be done?

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The tyre is the wrong size and should be replaced with the correct size.

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It is clear that your new tire is bigger than previous one. You have now 17 cm wide tire but previously 15 cm wide. This is why the new tire rub your stabilizer bars. You can use additional spacer on bearing shaft actually, but this is not a good idea as it will give impact on bike instability. I suggest to replace the tire with previous one. This is the best for your bike.
Remember that tire with data 170 / 80 - 15 mean: - 170mm ( 17 cm ) tire width - 80 ( %) width to height comparison - 15 ( inch) wheel diameter

Warm regards, please vote if helpful, Jay

Posted on Mar 11, 2011


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