Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

"The 33"-Road Bike Racing We set this forum up for our members to discuss their experiences in either pro or amateur racing, whether they are the big races, or even the small backyard races. Don't forget to update all the members with your own race results.

View Poll Results: What size tire do you use on your Road bike
less than 700x20 1 2.44%
700x20 4 9.76%
700x23 33 80.49%
greater than 700x23 3 7.32%
Voters: 41. You may not vote on this poll

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-09-03, 12:07 PM   #1
SinGate
Project 1 , 8000 & T100
Thread Starter
 
SinGate's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Wisconsin
Bikes: Trek Project 1, Trek T100, Trek 8000
Posts: 317
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
road tire size 700x23 or less?

I ride with a 700x23 tire but a friend swears that he is much faster on a 700x20. Does it make that much of a differance, and what other concerns does riding on a thinner tire raise?
__________________
Oh to be just a little bit faster....
SinGate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-03, 02:53 PM   #2
Walter
SLJ 6/8/65-5/2/07
 
Walter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: SE Florida, USA aka the Treasure Coast
Bikes:
Posts: 5,391
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I used to ride as narrow a tire as I could find, usually 700X19 and, in the old days, 27"X1. I like 700X23, a little nicer ride and every bit as fast IMO.

Many others like 700X25 or even wider and report no drop in speed.
__________________
“Life is not one damned thing after another. Life is one damned thing over and over.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Walter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-03, 03:18 PM   #3
lotek
Forum Admin
 
lotek's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: n.w. superdrome
Bikes: 1 trek, serotta, rih, de Reus, Pogliaghi and finally a Zieleman! and got a DeRosa
Posts: 17,713
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
I ride a 700x22 most of the time (tubular).
I don't know that the 3mm difference will make a huge
difference other than the 23 will be that much more comfortable.

Marty
__________________
Sono più lento di quel che sembra.
Odio la gente, tutti.


Want to upgrade your membership? Click Here.
lotek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-03, 04:26 PM   #4
Rossgo
Member
 
Rossgo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Bikes:
Posts: 36
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i find any lower than 23c makes me unsable for sprinting .
Rossgo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-03, 07:53 PM   #5
smurfy
Senior Member
 
smurfy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 1,157
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I ride Conti SS Ultra 700 x 18 tires on my Colnago. Got 'em cheap thru Performance on a closeout. They ride great, much like a fatter tire, very comfortable, even with the 150 lbs of air pressure they are rated at. Broken beer bottles don't like them, however!
smurfy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-03, 05:48 AM   #6
TimB
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 1,012
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
20C to harsh due to higher pressures
23C just perrrrrrrfect
25C too heavy for serious racing but can be great for training/commuting.
TimB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-03, 07:44 AM   #7
Random
Tour DAY France
 
Random's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Headwind, Indiana
Bikes:
Posts: 168
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
For what it’s worth, I switched from 23 to 25 this year and haven’t noticed anything. In fact just set a new personal best. The extra bump in size is just more comfortable.
Random is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-03, 08:33 AM   #8
velo
The Female Enduro
 
velo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Pennsylvania, United States of America
Bikes:
Posts: 1,185
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I like the crisp feel of high pressure, so I go 700x20 on the road. I have tubulars that are 19s and 22s, though, too.
velo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-03, 04:19 PM   #9
Arsbars
Bike Shop Girl
 
Arsbars's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Mooresville, NC
Bikes: Lots, road - mtb - cyclocross- commuting
Posts: 682
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossgo
i find any lower than 23c makes me unsable for sprinting .
and just too hard for me.
__________________
BikeShopGirl.com : Helping women find their way in cycling
CommuteByBike.com : Tips, news, reviews and safety for bike commuters
Arsbars is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:24 AM.