Thursday, August 2, 2012

Can tires make you faster?


I had an interesting experience today. I went for my first ride on my new Michelin Pro3 Race Road tires. Right off the hop I felt like something was different. It was as though my bike was rolling more smoothly, and as the ride progressed, the feeling became more pronounced and I actually felt like I was going faster. Sure enough, at the end of my ride my avg. speed was about 1-1.5km/hr higher than what I was typically putting out on my old tires. Is that possible? How can swapping out one set of slick tires for another set make any difference? Weird. Anyway, I googled it and came across this chart.  Apparently there is a difference between tires. Here's the original site.

3 comments:

  1. Are you bringing those fast tires to the ITT championships? Is this how the trash talk starts?

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  2. Hey Duece - yep, that's why ever since MikeG brought that chart to our attention a few years ago I've been riding vittoria evo corsa cx. Don't know if it actually helps me, but it can't hurt...

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  3. Hey Duece - yep, that's why ever since MikeG brought that chart to our attention a few years ago I've been riding vittoria evo corsa cx. Don't know if it actually helps me, but it can't hurt...

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