You know, I had to work the first half of the day today and then I thought it would be a brilliant idea to go for a bike ride even with the wind blowing at a kizzlion miles an hour. Every time I would drive by, the flags would be dancing all over the place. Still a brilliant idea I thought.
As you know, I commute to work most days and go through Camden. Camden is like a glass capital of the world. I actually think there is no glass in windows there because its all broken and on the roads. I ran Gatorskin tires and would get pissed because of the flats. I almost could gurentee a flat on my commuter bike when it would be wet out. Would piss me off. I remember buying a new gatorskin tire, rode with it for a week and when cleaning the tire out (I do this weekly) to get the glass out, I noticed a big tear in the damn new tire. Piss.
So I went to my fav bike shop and talked with the head mechanic friend and he told me to get Marathon Supreme Tires (MST). So I ordered one. They are nice looking and a bitcchh to put on. You actually have to use a strap as a third hand. No kidding! Anyway, I have ben using those for three or four months and no flats. But you can feel the heaviness and rolling resistence when you ride. On a commuter, you get used to it.
Sooo.... last Sunday was the flat from he11 week. I brought my road bike in for the spring check up and the mechanic told me afterwards that it flatted out. Well piss. So he fixed it and such, I brought it home, and on Sunday morning, loaded it in the truck for a ride, got the start and it was soft again. I could not find the hole at all or the glass or anything. I was pissed. It seemed like I replaced the tire twice on the road bike last year. So I had the brilliant idea of ordering another MST.
Got it the other day, put it on and all is well.
Until todays ride. Man, I am not sure if it was the wind or my body, or what I ate or the tire but the riding seemed really tough. Only a 22 mile flat ride on a course I have done a billion times and love. It was a hell of a lot of work.
Not sure if I should stick with the MST or go back to the Gatorskins or what. Tired of replacing tires and/or fixing flats, especially on rode rides but not sure if the rolling resistance is worth it or not. I like the peace of mind and for the commuter bike it is worth it but for my road bike, I am not sure.