Interesting discussion today with a DMV officer. Seems he rides also and noticed my bike, a Specialized Allez, sitting next to my desk. He asked me if I was doing a local 150 ride coming up (which I'm not). He informed me that if I was, I would have to get rid of that seat (a Brooks) and get wider tires.
I told him I had no plans on removing the seat since it was the most comfortable seat I had ever ridden and what is wrong with the tires?
He told me they are too narrow for riding on roads and streets. They will cause too many flats. On last years ride, a lot of guys riding with "skinny" tires were getting flats. He just helped his daughter inlaw pick out a new bike and he made sure she got a real road bike with inch and a half tires. Tires like mine are useless for riding. (Of course, then he tells me this story of their last club ride and that she got a flat).
If he didn't have the power to yank my dealer's license I would have told him what I really thought of his opinion. He is also the second or third person to tell me to get rid of that "old fashioned" saddle and get a gel. Granted, the Brooks on the Allez looks out of place, it is a Champion Flyer, but it is comfortable.
I just can't figure out that if he has been riding as long as he says he has (twenty years) he has the idea that 700-23 is too small for a road bike.