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Are Wider Tires Safer?

Old 09-13-15, 11:27 AM
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In he last two years I have toured with 700 x 30 tyres and 26 ins x 4 ins. On the road-tour with the 700 x 30. I did hit a large pot-hole and wrecked the back wheel but was otherwise pleased with the tyre width and rolling resistance. This years tour was on a rough rail-trail and I am glad I took the fat-bike. It was harder work for my legs but much more relaxing mentally as I could point the bike at anything and know it would ride over stuff with no problems.
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I just traded my Bontrager Hard-Case 700x32 tires for Schwalbe Marathon Pluses of the same size. One reason was that I didn't feel comfortable riding the slick Bontragers over the loose sand that we still have left over from winter along the roads around here. The better treads and flatter shape of the Schwalbe just makes me feel more in control However, when winter comes, I switch to my bike with 1.9 inch Nokian studded snows. On black ice and through snow, I find a wider tire with added gripping ability necessary for making me feel comfortable. It may be that none of this is objectively helpful, but riding with confidence is definitely an important aspect of riding safely for me.
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I use Schwalbe Marathon Plus 2.0 tires, and it's like riding a bullet-proof couch. Just point and go, no stress. Far better feeling at hour 6+ in the saddle than having to pay attention to every rut or train track angle.
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