Re: Tires and Tire Pressure for Battenkill
Originally Posted by tour de pants
The Tour of Battenkill (April 10, 2010, Cambridge, NY) is a 62 mile road race that is 25% dirt road. I'm mulling over the pros and cons of tire size, type and pressure.
Intuitively, I'm inclined to go with a conventional 23c road race tire but with lower pressure. Any insights and opinions appreciated.
You could lump on some Vittoria Open Pave CG clinchers and get the job done nicely. It's made for stuff like this... Nuff said really.
To be honest, riding regular tires on really rough roads is akin to asking Mike Tyson to batter your prostate with a baseball bat. This is one area where tubular tires really do sh1t on clinchers from a great height.
Vittoria Pave EVO CG tubular tires on some box section rims will smooth out the worst that Paris Roubaix can offer and the Battenkill's worst roads aren't a match for the d'arenburg section of cobbles... Ultegra or Chorus hubs, Ambrosio Nemesis or the Mavix Reflex. The Mavic SSC "Paris Roubaix" is the "daddy" of all bombproof rims. Production stopped decades ago and they fetch a nice price but they're so tough that Chuck Norris will not make direct eye contact with them.
From the photos I can find the gravel sections aren't all that bad so bike handling technique will likely play more of a role. Read that as an excuse to go take the bike down the local dirt roads and go ride and fall off lots.
Make like Boonen and double tape the bars or get some of the gel pads under the tape. Wear the best shorts you can get your hands on. Saddle - well, it doesn't need lots of padding it just needs to fit you well. If it doesn't you will know about it a few miles into the rougher stuff. If it's cold wear many thin layers than two thick ones - the layers slide against each other a bit when you fall off, reducing under clothing road rash.
Forget the carbon bottle cages and get a couple of alloy ones and bend then such that it's next to impossible to get the bottles out.
If the route is fairly flat with no steep hills get a larger inner ring for the slower rough stuff. TA makes a 44, 46 and 48 in 130bcd -great for keeping the chainline pretty straight when you're in anything between the 17 and 23 in the back.