When I bought my road bike in February I asked them to put 25's on the bike. A little over 200 miles later, I am really annoyed with them.
I have had two flats- both at the valve where the reenforcement rubber splits from the rest of the tube. Both flats were spontaneous failures with the bike sitting in the room. I don't know that was caused by the tires. I think it more likely it was caused by using 700/23 tubes on a 25 tire. The tubes were overinflated causing the juncture at the valve to be weak? My guess.
I looked into getting a larger tube and they do make them that should fit without overinflation. They cost a few bucks more then the 23 tubes. I wonder how hard it will be to mount the tire with a larger tube when it is already a pain getting the slightly bulbous tire on my rims while keeping the tube up inside.
I like to take my bike places in the car or truck. In both cases I have to remove the front tire. The lbs adjusted the brakes so I can get the 25 off with a little umph and get it back on with a shove. I don't like shoving, banging the wheel and popping my hand on my carbon bike. Then I have to twist the cable and check the brake, twist the cable and check the brake and do it again. Also, the tires barely fit on the rims (Ksyrium Elite), but barely is enough. The other option is deflating the tire and reinflating it every time I get somewhere- also a pain.
I do like the feel of the 25's. I have ridden my husbands bike with his 23's and there is a noticeable difference in ride. Mine glides over small bumps in the road. His are a little jarring. The other difference I notice is his wheels (same as mine) and tires roll faster. Going up a hill, I think it might make a difference. I do have hills here. On the other hand, I like riding long distances. The 25's are very comfortable for that.
I thought about buying a bike rack for the car so I wouldn't have to remove the tire, but then I'd have to put that on and off every time.
The easiest solution is to get some 23's. I have looked at the various brands. The Serfas look good to me and have good reviews. They are reasonably priced, but the ones that are foldable all have a colored stripe on them. I would like to have black.
The one that comes the closest is the Serfas Seca Wire Bead road which is solid black, but a heavy tire at 295 grams. Two of them would add half a pound to the bike. I know a half a pound is nothing, but I paid a lot to have a 17 pound bike and I'd like to keep it that way. Here are the Serfa tires:
FYI: The 25's I have on the bike are Michelin Pro Optimum. They do ride really nicely, but I want to get the darned wheel on and off the bike EASILY!!:
If you have read my diatribe this far, thank you! Now:
Do any of you have a suggestion for a 23 road bike tire in black (a little white writing is okay) that is foldable (krylion bead), light weight, gives a smooth ride, not horrendously expensive, has some grip around corners and flat resistance? I want it ALL