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any issues being a heavy rider on 19mm tubulars?

Old 09-17-11, 10:15 PM
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any issues being a heavy rider on 19mm tubulars?

just got a set of tubulars to experiement with and i went to see if my lbs carried any tires. I was planning on ordering online but the wheels got to me much faster than I expected. My regular mechanic hooked me up and gave me 2 tires FREE! continental competition but they are 19mm. My minimal research says time trialers use that size. I'm 240lbs, should I be worried about riding a tire that small? I'm testing them out on an 80 mile ride tomorrow but it's all contained within NYC so i'll be relatively close to a subway ride to get home at all times. I figure it should really give the wheels a good test.
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It shouldn't be a problem, however, with such a narrow tire, you will need so much air pressure that the ride will not be that good.
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As bikepro said, you'll have to run a very high pressure. You won't have to worry about pinch flats, but the tire will deform a lot, possibly creating some excess rolling resistance. Honestly, though, you probably won't even notice it.
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It shouldn't be a problem, however, with such a narrow tire, you will need so much air pressure that the ride will not be that good.
thats no big deal, I'm used to it
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Ride was going great until 55miles in. this was an organized ride and the organizer are terrible about how they mark the route and how they mark cautions. they put the "caution pothole" in yellow paint 1 foot before the pothole, a few feet before to warn riders would be better and maybe do it a couple of times. I was in a small pack of people and as I go to move around them I see a massive ditch that runs across the entire road!!!! I'm not sure why they even put the route through here, there ended up being about 8 of these. They looked like they were put there by design like they are getting ready to do some roadwork there. I lifted the front tire over it and got my weight up off the saddle but the rear tire slammed into it and it blew out the tube. The tire appears fine so I should be able to get it fixed. Got my first lesson in riding a flat tubular! AWESOME! I rode that sun***** a mile and a half to the nearest subway and then another mile and half because I didn't want to transfer trains and wait. made it all the way home just fine, no damage to my rim!
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