I recently quit smoking cigarettes and have since decided to start getting back into shape after packing on the pounds over the past few years. Yesterday a friend of mine offered to sell me his 2005 Specialized Hardrock Sport for next to nothing, so I took him up on his offer and took posession of the bike. Now I'm beginning to make it my own.
I plan to mostly ride the bike on the roads around town with the occasional jaunt down the improved bike trail or two, so I feel a slick would be my best choice of tire however I'm having difficulty deciding which width slick would be best for me.
I understand that a narrower tire will have less rolling resistance on hard surfaces and will therefore make the bike faster overall, while being easier to propel. This is very appealing considering my stamina is fairly low at present, so the farther I can go on what energy I have, the better off I'll be.
The only drawbacks I've seemed to read about concerning narrower tires is their obvious propensity to sink when encountering soft surfaces, and they are supposedly less stalbe during cornering than a comperable wider tire. Being a heavier rider, are there any other concerns I should have about a tire being too narrow? I want to ensure i'm not going to end up constantly riding on the rims, or destroying components should I happen to hammer a curb, go bombing down some stairs, or off a small jump / drop? Mind you, I don't plan on being overly aggressive in my riding, but I don't want to cause unnecessary damage to my bike because of improperly selected tire widths.
So, what width slicks would you suggest for me? I'd also like to hear any suggestions concerning brand and model of slicks you think will suit my needs as well.
Thanks in advance to any and all who may be of assistance.