Robert J. Wells
Registered: Nov 2002
Location: Ga, for now
"The right tire" , is a performance piont indeed. Not only can they help the bike handle better, and go faster, but they also increase reliability. If you put dime-store tires and tubes on the bike, expect dimestore results. Quality design tires will hold up longer and handle better too. Keep in mind the road surfaces you deal with the most frequently as well. If you have a lot of rough surface roads with frequent potholes, washboard surfaces, gravel, or general FOD from passersby, a bulletproof reinforced wide tire might be a better choice. A slightly wider tire at high pressure can still give a decent ride, but it wont feel as lively or 'twitchy" to steering response. I have run as little as a 25c on the back, but because of the surfaces I ride on, they didnt last long (yep, they were cheap tires too!) What I did notice was the effortless feel the bike had despite a slightly harsher ride. I'm re-discovering this feeling after a long stretch on a 37c Continental CityGrip going to a 28c Kenda KWest. I'm thinking if I go any skinnier than 28c, then I will gladly pay top dollar to maximize the results. Ok, I rambled a bit there, but I think a quality tire will be more capable of holding pressures needed to avoid pinch flats.
Last edited by Robert J. Wells on 06-05-2007 at 02:17 PM
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