|New slightly wider tires for the fixed gear commuter / grocery-getter|
I've opted for slightly wider tires for my fixed-gear commuter, and in a bold experiment for me, no slime sealant in the tubes. These are 32mm Continentals, which have a recommended pressure of 70 psi, and are supposed to have good puncture resistance. Since I am heavier than average I will try running them in the 75-80 psi range, and adjust for comfort. Tubes came from the recent bike swap in Tucson.
|Still plenty of clearance on this frame and fork for running even wider tires. Love the noobie spikes.|
I'm no longer sure of any reason a non-racer would ride on 23 or 25mm (or narrower) tires, or why most road bike frames currently sold only have clearance for such narrow tires. Notice I said "reason," I'm aware of the cultural and marketing influences that have led to it, but if you ask a non-racer why they have frames that are restricted to such skinny tires, I'm not sure they'll be able to come up with an actual reason they prefer them over wider tires. It's more likely they're stuck with them because that's all their frame will admit. In any case, I like having the freedom to experiment with different widths and pressures to see what works best for me.
All set to go for a test ride on the new tires, I looked up and found myself near a grocery store at a hungry time of the afternoon, and what looked like a shiny new bike rack. As I was locking up, a store employee said, "Well, I believe that's the first bike I've see parked in that rack." So I don't know for certain, but anyway, it seemed like a good enough reason to pick up some groceries in mid-test.
|Spontaneous grocery acquisition and transport|
*I see that he recommends a lower pressure in front than rear for me on my bike with 32mm tires, I will give that a try