After all, this is the +50 forum. But even so, I still find myself wanting to improve and go faster. And yet there are the inevitable times of 1 step forward and 2 steps backward in my riding.
So I was riding with a group the other day and the strongest and fastest guy at the end of the ride tells me my tires are slow. Really? And all this time I thought it was me.
But seriously, I have a hard time believing that tires can/will make a difference... at least, at my level of riding. I figure in my area, I'm good for about a 17 mph avg at this time of year. Could be better. Could be worse. I've always felt that my ride was far superior to my abilities and level of conditioning.
In any event, I have 2600+ miles on my current favs... Conti GP4000s tires and know it'll be time to order up a new set in the not-too-distant future.
So for the plus 50 crowd (non-racing), do tires really make a difference I'd likely notice? I really like a tire I can count on for durability and reliability and the GP4000s tires have fully met that expectation. If I can find a tire that will be reliable and bump my speed by 5 mph without costing any more, I'm all for it. Any suggestions?
I've tried the OEM Bontragers... not crazy about them. I've tried Vittorias... and they're fine.. but I can't really tell any difference. I've worn out several sets of the Conti GP4000s tires and have liked them a bunch. However, I'm open to other suggestions.