urodacus wrote:Most touring tires tend to be, as you put it, 'effin heavy', as they're built like a tank to withstand punctures and to have a long, long tread life.
and yes, worrying about another few hundred grams in a build with a spare seat and a kid is a bit over the top.
Just ride, man.
Slicks front and back are fine. I have often taken my race bike many many miles through rough gravel roads in the hills here on 21 mm slicks and lived to tell the tale. My wheels survive too, though the tires do get scuffed up a bit (Vittoria Evo CX tubulars). With sport contacts front and back you'll be fine, or with a tire with slightly knobby edges on the front if you go anywhere that's sandy or muddy or rooty (not the place to ride with a kid)...
Feiren wrote:There's a reason most of the fancy road riders are confined to the provincial highways and the like...
Where were you riding (so I can have an idea of the grade)
PaddyB wrote:I did my first proper set of nasty hills last night. I found the lowest gear to be a bit higher than I expected. On one particularly steep part, my front wheel was actually starting to pop off the ground.
My question is this - do I need to find a way to get lower gearing in order to be able to get up those kind of hills or am I somehow overcompensating for my legs by pulling up on the handlebars? It didn't seem like the latter as I was keeping the same posture but who knows. This only happened on one very nasty stretch so I didn't have a chance to try it again.
Never had this happen on a MTB so I'm curious if it's just the road bike gearing...
I'm curious myself how much easier a 28 or 29 option would be....People who ride road bikes in hellishly hilly areas have been known to use MTB type set ups on a road bike as a solution.
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