Now that road racing season is over, and most of my riding is done on my Cross bike, Iím beginning to start ordering and collecting all the new consumable parts to get my road bike ready for next year. My favorite race and the first race of the year is a local spring Roubaix-style race. Next year, Iím also planning to travel for some other similar races in the region. In the past, Iíve just left my 23mm Gatorskins that I used for winter training on the bike for those first few races. I donít actually like the Gatroskins much though as I find them to be a really harsh ride and only marginally if at all more durable than other high-mileage tires Iíve used. Iím thinking about getting a 25mm tire for next year (either a Rubino Pro or Pro4 endurance)
Hereís what Iím hoping to get out of the slightly larger tires:
1. A little more float on the deep gravel/sandy parts so I donít sink in as much.
2. A smoother ride over the rougher road surfaces.
3. The ability to use normal PSI (105/112) and hit pot-holes without pinch flatting (in the past Iíve pumped them up a little more for rough roads.)
Has anyone used a wider tire for races on rough/gravel roads and found any or all of the above to be true without a significant amount of extra resistance on the smoother pavement?