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23 v. 25 vs. 28 mm tire width?

Old 05-14-21, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Chinghis View Post
Maybe it was a case of "ride with what brung you."
It was probably some kind of bet
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
I thought about that and he's obviously a strong guy to do what he did. Just seeing clip on aero bars on a fatbike would be unusual.I suspect he might enjoy beating people on the thing, though.
Heck yeah. If I was one of those guys who cleaned up at races, I would buy a Walmart bike and slaughter everyone at the local crits with it just for kicks. Alas, nobody notices the bike under the guy rolling in off the back, so that's never gonna happen.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
Thanks for that unsolicited body building advice,

The most memorable advice I received was from a bystander who was cheering on our group as we descended a twisty road. When I came into view, he yelled as loud as he could, "Oh my God, eat a SANDWICH!"

Cycling is one of the only sports in which my body type is an advantage.

Ha ha ha that's cold Man! I do think you look awesome Terry! For the sport, can't ask for any better.

But ftr, different body types exist. I chatted with a guy on a cycling forum years back. We are the same height, 6'1. He weighed 180 and I 230. He mentioned on the forum that I should drop to 180. I said no way, at 220, I look anorexic. He said I should be able to hit 180. We met on a ride, looked at me and said, "oh, no, you'd never be 180." Heck, my shoulder caps were bigger than his thighs and my forearms bigger than his lower legs.

So there are those of us who are meant to build muscle and those of us who are meant to ride. You look great man, like a pro, keep it up!

This is me at 400-500 miles per month. I'll never look like a pro cyclist.


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Old 05-14-21, 04:20 PM
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The great thing about cycling is that pretty much all body types have their place in the various disciplines. Look at the difference between a track sprinter and a climber. I'm a pretty average sort of build (6'1" 175 lb), which makes me a pretty average sort of rider.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski View Post
The great thing about cycling is that pretty much all body types have their place in the various disciplines. Look at the difference between a track sprinter and a climber. I'm a pretty average sort of build (6'1" 175 lb), which makes me a pretty average sort of rider.

True! I try to climb a lot. 230 pounder placing # 123 out of 400 serious climbers on a timed event. 100 miles with 10,000 ft of gain. I can't compete with the top guys on the climbs but put us on a long flat with wind, hammer time!
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
True! I try to climb a lot. 230 pounder placing # 123 out of 400 serious climbers on a timed event. 100 miles with 10,000 ft of gain. I can't compete with the top guys on the climbs but put us on a long flat with wind, hammer time!
My favorite thing about riders like you is your draft. Motor on, big diesel! Little mountain goats have lousy drafts.

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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
Ha ha ha that's cold Man! I do think you look awesome Terry! For the sport, can't ask for any better.
Thanks, man. I've been getting the "you're so skinny" treatment all my life, have gotten pretty used to it.

Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
This is me at 400-500 miles per month. I'll never look like a pro cyclist.

But I'll bet you can put out the power when you want to! Maybe not a super high power-to-weight ratio, but pure power. Guys that look like you destroy me on a flat road.
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Originally Posted by Eric F View Post
My favorite thing about riders like you is your draft. Motor on, bid diesel! Little mountain goats have lousy drafts.

Yeah I know. After giving a good draft, falling behind a mountain goat, might as well ride alone.

But like most big guys, must work on climbing to get stronger.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
Thanks, man. I've been getting the "you're so skinny" treatment all my life, have gotten pretty used to it.



But I'll bet you can put out the power when you want to! Maybe not a super high power-to-weight ratio, but pure power. Guys that look like you destroy me on a flat road.

Yup!
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
Yup!
Back in the days when I was a sprint-monkey, guys like you were my best friends in the closing laps of a crit. These days, I'm just looking to not get dropped from fast group rides.
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Originally Posted by PeteHski View Post
The great thing about cycling is that pretty much all body types have their place in the various disciplines. Look at the difference between a track sprinter and a climber. I'm a pretty average sort of build (6'1" 175 lb), which makes me a pretty average sort of rider.
My former coach would put each of his riders into a general category, such as sprinter, climber, TT rider, etc. I think my rider type was "pickle ball player."
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Originally Posted by Eric F View Post
Back in the days when I was a sprint-monkey, guys like you were my best friends in the closing laps of a crit. These days, I'm just looking to not get dropped from fast group rides.

I read about that 30 MPH.
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
I read about that 30 MPH.
Will be back out there for more of it tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by motopokep View Post
I see the bicycle community is the opposite, big leg muscles and no arms.
As depicted in the animated classic, "The Triplets of Belleville:"

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It's all been said, I suspect I am just repeating others.

When I started riding about 10 years ago, I fell into the camp of skinnier is better. I rode 23s. They were harsh.

I decided to move up to 25s, didn't notice an improvement.

I bought a new bike this year with 28s. A very noticeable ride quality difference.

I'm a weekend hobbyist. I have never entered a race. I don't do group rides. I am so happy I moved to 28s and will not go back.
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After the past 6 years on Compass/RH tires, any tire under 32mm is dead to me.

This was after 15 years on 23s and 25s.
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Much research has been done over the last few years leading to the conclusion that neither narrow tires nor high PSI air pressure produce more speed and actually produce less speed. Seems like 28mm is the current rage with 25mm, the former choice falling into the distance and 23mm a vestige of a bygone era.
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Size doesn't matter?
She always tell me, size does matters.
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I was happy with 23 years ago. Guy at my LBS said I ought to have 25 instead, and I switched. I coudn't really tell the difference....and eventually, I think iI will move to 28, but not until I've run out of my stash of 25s.
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
Forget about the size, just buy the cheapest tire you can find. Trust me.
When I ran cheap tires I had WAY more flats than i do with the expensive tires I'm using (continetal four season gran prix)
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Originally Posted by dkatz1 View Post
When I ran cheap tires I had WAY more flats than i do with the expensive tires I'm using (continetal four season gran prix)
He was being sarcastic
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Originally Posted by dkatz1 View Post
When I ran cheap tires I had WAY more flats than i do with the expensive tires I'm using (continetal four season gran prix)
Yes, but you're not the OP.
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
My former coach would put each of his riders into a general category, such as sprinter, climber, TT rider, etc. I think my rider type was "pickle ball player."
My type now is "all rounder", not to be confused with an "all arounder".
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Originally Posted by Riveting View Post
Similar yes, but c'mon, those are CLEARLY not Froome's biceps
Pro cycling = PED's
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I rode on 23's for years and was fine with them. Just switched to 25's a few years ago and really like them. Haven't really thought much about going to 28's.
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