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Smooooooth!

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

We’re having a bit of a warm spell, with a predicted high in the upper 40s today, and in the 50s tomorrow. With this comes some rain and fog, but the warmer temperatures are still quite nice.

Even before this warm spell, we had a few days in the mid 30s. As a result, the roads have been getting clearer and clearer for the last few days; even though there is still snow on lawns, the roads are clear. Finally I broke down and swapped my studded tires out for my regular Panaracer Pasela slicks last night. This morning, the bike felt incredibly smooth and the riding nearly effortless. I estimate the studded tires lead to a 20-30% increase in drag, and of course the riding is bumpier with them, also.

I know the studs will have to go back on soon, but tomorrow will be warm and I don’t have to work. I’m hoping I’ll finish the year with a good long New Year’s Eve ride … on smooth, slick tires! Luxury!

6 Responses to “Smooooooth!”

  1. Chris Says:

    Happy New Year…and happy smooth, effortless riding. I had no idea that the studded tire made that much difference.

  2. Steve A Says:

    Do you mount the studded tires on a spare set of rims or simply do a lot of tire changing?

  3. Apertome Says:

    I had hoped to buy a second wheelset, but I have not had the funds. So for now, I switch out the tires, but this is the first time I’ve switched back to the normal tires since I put the studs on, back at the beginning of December.

  4. David Crowell Says:

    I’m switching tires tonight too. I’ll be riding 40 or 50 miles tomorrow. It’ll be a beautiful, if rainy, end for the year.

  5. Bill Lambert Says:

    I just got back from a ride with the Hakk’s. Gonna switch tonight also. Happy New Year!

  6. Chandra Says:

    Michael,
    Have a Great Ride and a Happy New Year!
    Peace 🙂

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