My days of motorcycles taught me that the closer to a slick that you were running, the better handling you had......on dry, clean roads.
I've been looking at tread designs on bike tires and keeping mind that I will sometimes get caught in the rain.
And I find this on the Michelin site:
"The oval shape of a bicycle road tire contact patch permits effective water evacuation to help keep the tire from hydroplaning.
The footprint of a 23mm tire (approx. 7 sq. cm) is so small that the bike would need to be traveling at about 120MPH in order to hydroplane.
Nevertheless, some road tire models are designed with specific tread structures – primarily for cosmetics or to comfort the consumer. Sometimes tread features can help provide a harder rubber compound a better mechanical link with the road surface, for better grip."
So tread designs on bike tires are just to give me comfort and peace of mind?
I ask because the OEM Bontragers I have seem to have a quite tight tread pattern and I am concerned about water dissipation. I figure I need all the help I can get learning to ride to work. If it's no big deal, they claim to be puncture resistant on the sidewalls so I will just get liners and wear the existing tires.