Considering how many racers I’ve seen crash putting jackets on or taking them off, the skills here are even more impressive.
Storm hit us like the first 8 bars of an Adele song. Jacket soaked through in about 55 minutes. pic.twitter.com/jVghvdv4I2— byron@bikehugger (@bikehugger) December 12, 2015
As shared on Twitter yesterday, that had to be the wettest and grimiest ride of 15. If scientists are looking for more evidence of climate change, just ask any cyclist that rode yesterday.
I’d enter this photo as evidence in the court of public opinion of why we’re running discs in the Pacific Northwest. My disc bikes don’t have fenders yet, cause I haven’t been riding much, but in the new year the Boone will.
Also, for more on what we’re wearing in the wet and cold, see Issue 30; including the prevailing style of slick booties….
Rode that road and stayed upright with good tires from Zipp
Rode that road, a few times now, and in the rainy season it gets deceptively treacherous…gotta watch the permanently-shaded areas and painted lines. If you’ve been following along this year, I’ve been mentioning tuned rides, and complained about the lack of tires for roadies. Get on a new 27.5+ plus MTB bike, and you should get what I mean. It’s all about the contact patch and roadies are riding on one the size of a dime. Whenever the aero road bike arms race ends, let’s hope product managers turn their attention to traction, and how that makes us go faster, and stick to the road; even in the backstabbing slick of the wet winter Pacific Northwest.
The most and widest rubber that’ll fit into your frame is what I’m riding and recommend you do too. Many factors contributed to a change from road bikes with skinny tires at 160PSI to a min of 25 wide at 100 psi. Ride quality is one of them, taking off the edge of that overly stiff bike, but also better grip. The best way to avoid flats too, and I’ve tried them all, is to stay out of the gutter and put quality, thick rubber on your wheels.
Recently Zipp upped their game with wheels and tires that compliment each other’s girth. This has the benefits of a wheel that really rolls, as I shared in that story from Maui last year, but also the grip I want in the Winter.
Locals maybe thinking, running good tires in the Winter? Yes, ‘cause SEE PHOTO ABOVE. If I shared this location with you, we’d stop mid apex, clip out, and step carefully on the road, and try not to slip.
Water-siping tread pattern
The Zipp Tangete Course 28s retail for $65.00 USD and are available from a shop near you or online. I run them at no more than 100 psi, when I descended that corner earlier this week, they were at about 85 PSI. The Tangete Courses are on my rain bike, it’s built up with SRAM Force 22 and a Quarq.
- High performance sport and training tire
- 28mm (R28) and 30mm (R30) widths
- 120tpi nylon casing
- Nylon puncture protection layer under tread
- 260 grams (R28), 306 grams (R30)
- 33.15 watts of rolling resistance @ 40kph (with Zipp butyl tube)
- 70 ShA durometer rubber (Shore A)
- New water-siping tread pattern
- Comfortable in rough conditions
Parse those bullet points to mean: a high quality, rainy conditions tire, with high volume for a comfortable ride.
HT to Ben Moses for the edits on the road photo. Thanks Ben!
A few days ago I wrote about counterfeit carbon that people buy off of eBay or from dodgy internet sites, and I remembered that counterfeit bikes are nothing new. I mean, it’s not like carbon fiber is some sort of new conduit for IP theft…like a flaw in a phone app that allows unscrupulous cads to steal delicious selfies off of Scarlett Johansson’s iPhone. Once upon a time, bikes were made of steel tubes and lugs that anyone could buy. Sure, there were differences in craftsmanship…in the way a lug was thinned or a dropout tang was filed, but it was often much more subtle than today’s counterfeit carbon frames. Further confusing things is the fact that a larger European frame maker would employ a staff of craftsmen; you’d have to be daft to think every Colnago frameset was individually caressed by the hands of Ernesto himself. And each of those workers may have worked for other brands or just as easily made their own frames on the side, using the same techniques and sometimes the same materials. And after that, a frame coated in a thick layer of chrome and the typically indifferent 1970s-era Italian paint jobs…how would you know?
Just because a bike has a Cinelli bottom bracket shell, that doesn’t mean it’s a Cinelli.