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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 03-28-08, 01:09 PM   #1
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700x23 or 700x25 Will I really be able to tell the difference?

Im at 215lbs. 25's are harder to find. On my Trek 2200 road bike. Just curious if I should just get the 23's or stick with the 25's. Thanks for any advice.
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Old 03-28-08, 01:12 PM   #2
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Very little difference in speed and snap. The 25's will give you a slightly smoother ride, though.
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Old 03-28-08, 01:35 PM   #3
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The main difference is on the label. I've run 23's (claimed) that were really generous 25's. I've run 22's that were more supple than 25's. Normally I run 23's because that's about all my roadbike can accommodate. The question is, what do you want from your tires?
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Old 03-28-08, 01:45 PM   #4
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I'm 220 and run 25's at 75-80 psi over some very rough roads. No pinch flats and no blurred vision. For me, I had to run 23's at max pressure to keep the rims from hitting the ground on broken pavement, and stretches of chipseal would vibrate me numb. YMMV
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I run 23'@ 120 psi with no problems,I'm 310 pounds.
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