Since purchasing a road bike this spring my GF has been interested in riding with me
. Without a bike for herself (yet) and being too short to ride the new road bike she is left on my trusty Trek 4500. She is new to biking, not in the best of biking shape and riding a bike that weighs almost twice as much as mine. Swapping the nubby dirt tires currently on the bike for something more road forgiving would help a bunch. Only problem, I know nothing about the aftermarket bike game. I know I do not want to swap out the rubber every time I ride, the only real option left is to buy a second set of wheels.
The question is, can I re-use my current rims (came stock, 28" tires, 2.2" wide iirc) for the road/cross country riding with the GF? Is it just as easy as changing the rubber (high pressure tube?) or would a skinnier set of rims be worth the money? Ideally I would like to upgrade my wheels for MTB riding and use the current as hand-me-downs. Any ideas? Recommendations?
*Just heard about this site, very excited to see such interest! Also looking forward to riding the trails in CR, never knew they existed.