Tire Size and Stability
Tire width and its contribution, or not, to stability. I purchased a Trek 7300FX that came with no-name wheels, and 700x35 Bontrager Hardcase tires. Aside from my ongoing battle with clipless pedals that I added after a few miles the bike is fine, perhaps great. The only thing that sort of bothers me are the big tires. I ride a flat trail often, 60 miles round trip, and these tires just do not what to coast. Stop pedaling, and you slow down fast. I ride for conditioning, but I would like a more free rolling tire, then I can compensate with gears. The question: My Trek dealer will install a set of Bontrager Race Wheels with Bontrager Race Lite tires mounted. (700x23c) Great looking wheels and tires complete with red sidewalls. (Great price also).
Aside from laying the bike way down on a 90% turn on wet blacktop, will these tires be safe for a not-so-expert rider? The dealer says yes and he is willing to put any tire on I want and points to the actual rubber meeting the road on 35c v 23c
This seems like a logical upgrade but I could take the wheels and go to a slightly larger tire, like 25, 28, or 32. Thoughts?