Re: Schwinn vs Huffy
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,email@example.com
(Tom Keats) wrote:
> In article <8HIAd.firstname.lastname@example.org>,
> OliverS <email@example.com> writes:
> > Rolling resistance comes from distortion of the tire and the surface. A
> > steel wheel on a steel rail has the least rolling resistance.
> > Knobby tires have significantlly greater rolling resistance than a
> > smooth tire. Likewise high pressure tires have less rolling resistance
> > than soft tires. The most important thing is to get a bike that fits.
> > If it has knobby tires, change them to something smoother. I love
> > Avocet Cross tires 700x35 for general purpose riding and touring. The
> > inverted tread has low rolling resistance on a smooth surface, and has
> > some grip on dirt roads and paths. They are a little bit on the
> > expensive side though. If you are commuting, you do not want knobbies,
> > unless you are purposely trying to increase your calorie burn.
> Knobbies do make a pleasing 'buzz' on asphalt. Sure, they'll
> slow ya down and (heaven forbid) allow other riders to pass ya
> sometimes. But if you don't care, it doesn't matter. And there
> may be some shortcut scenarios where knobbies come in handy.
> Even in urban environs.
But slicks are soo much nicer to ride on! And better cornering grip. And
better wet-pavement grip. I have a set of Tioga City Slickers, which are
pretty cheap, available at MEC, and they even have gumwalls to satisfy
the purists. The tread is a minimalist road pattern.
Even on packed gravel, I would opt for the slicks over knobbies. About
the only urban surface a knobby can traverse that a slick cannot is a
muddy slope long enough that you can't just power through by
accelerating before you hit the hill. That's a pretty rare thing, even
when making shortcuts.
> One of the worst thing about knobbies is not being able to
> run a sidewall generator on them. They can interfere with
> fenders, too, on a commuter bike.
I love knobbies when I'm playing in the mud. But one of my Boxing Day
finds was a nice rear wheel for $15, which will soon hold the slicks for
my mountain bike, causing quick-change happiness for planned urban
Ryan Cousineau, firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.wiredcola.com
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