Commuting - tires for he city
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11-29-07, 03:56 PM
Hello to everyone, I recently bought a trek 7.3 for city use. At the beginning I was heading to a bike with front suspension, thinking it would be more convenient for potholes, streets in bad state etc. I asked in the forums and finally the dealer convinced me that suspension is unecesary in the city, even with potholes etc. that suspension was something made for no pavement. After two months of using the bike I think I made the right choice, but I still fell to much all the city roughness. I live in seville, spain, and there is bike path in principal avenues etc. But in old parts of town and other places you get a lot of potholes and bad state pavement. I use the road style tires 700x32 , that comes with the biket. I am thinking if could be a good idea to use more MTb style tires. Do you think this would help to smooth all the potholes etc? would this tires decrease the speed of the bike in some way? I really have no clue about if this could be actually effective
Thanks a lot
11-29-07, 04:49 PM
Avoid potholes :). Wider tires will help, but they will slow you down some. 32s are pretty wide for a road bike.
11-29-07, 05:25 PM
Describe the road surface in those older parts of town.
What is the road made of? How even is the surface in those spots that don't have potholes?
11-29-07, 05:45 PM
........ convinced me that suspension is unecesary in the city, even with potholes etc. that suspension was something made for no pavement. After two months of using the bike I think I made the right choice, but I still fell to much all the city roughness...................
I am not a commuter and in fact I don't ride much in town but I just had a recent experience with front suspension. I have always avoided suspension because I thought it was for sissy's, it was ugly and it was heavy. Our pavement around here is more like chunks of pavement mixed with potholes, gravel patches, seams and some kind of gray soft substance that is used for patching. I finally succumbed to the pain in my back and wrist and installed a spring suspension fork. What a difference. I don't even dodge the potholes anymore. I still flinch when I see what I am about to hit but then nothing happens. The first day out on the new front suspension I am sure I looked like a real idiot ridding along through the pot holes laughing like a fat old mad man.:D The only problem is that I started noticing the shock I was getting from the rear wheel much more. Since I sit firmly on the saddle (unlike most commuters) every shock feels as if the knife that has been inserted in my lower back is being twisted. Installing a rear shock is possible and I even have the parts to do it but first I tried installing an antique "Persons" exercycle saddle. It has soft springs in the rear and one in the front as well. Problem is solved and I am so happy. :)
11-30-07, 02:48 AM
Hi, the surface is pretty much like oldfool described, pavement in bad state with potholoes, cracks, that substance use for patching. Besides that, the bike path is not well done at all because in some parts it has curbs when crossing with streets. I am happy to hear that about suspension, is logical. I would like to be able to try both options, suspension or wider tires, and see how it feels better,
11-30-07, 02:51 AM
What do you think about the suspension of cannondale bad boy? it's more integrated in the bike and looks better than a regular suspension, is probably goog enought for the city
11-30-07, 08:02 AM
Asphalt? Concrete? Cobblestones?
I'd think there are some situations, even for urban riding, in which a front suspension would make sense. The need for one would have to overcome the disadvantages of a suspension: added weight, some loss of pedaling efficiency, and another component which could eventually give problems.
Of course, there are also ways of riding which minimize the need for a suspension: lifting oneself off the saddle during rough patches; holding the handlebars more loosely (but still tightly enough to retain control of the bike).
11-30-07, 11:30 AM
MTB style knobbly tyres will not help but a fatter slick may give a smoother ride. I find that 32mm is OK for rough city streets.With a lighter weight setup it is easier to hop and jink the bike around to avoid holes. On your regular routes you should know where the potholes are and figure out the best line on rough roads. You can use fat tyres and suspension to cope but I prefer to use local knowledge and cycling skill.
11-30-07, 12:48 PM
What about a suspension dampened stem? My sister's bike has one and she likes it. You could most likely add it to your current bike.
12-01-07, 06:07 AM
Ok , I will checj that, and a suspension seat post could be nice too. I choose the rigid fork because I like real ridibg and I was afraid of that loss of pedaling efficiency, the extra weight etc. when I heard that a suspension fork has all of that. I think in the end may be a matter of having the chance to try both things and see what fis better, my heart says rigid fork and the head is starting to say suspension, but I will check the stem and a fatter slick
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