Post your road bicycle

Discussion in 'General' started by cha0s#242, May 19, 2016.

  1. skidooboy

    skidooboy supermotojunkie

    thanks for the help guys. what is a good tube, to help with puncture issues? looking to update the tires to gravel kings. was figuring i might as well have a few tubes and tires layin around so i dont get caught waiting. Ski
  2. Cannoli

    Cannoli Typical Uccio

    For the most part, tubes are tubes. Stay away from latex or "race" and "lite" tubes as they are thinner (but lighter). Be sure to get a tube that fits your specific tire size (e.g. 700 x 28-32c). They are sized to fit a tire size range, so for added protection (with additional weight) get one that fits your tire at the lower end of the range so you get a thicker tube.

    What kind of riding do you typically do? what ratio gravel/pavement? What size wheel? What width are you looking for? Lot of good options out there if you know what to look for.

    I just put Schwalbee G-One Allarounds (MicroSkin TL-Easy version) on my Trek Domane SL5 Disk to turn it into a gravel bike. So far I have ~200miles on the tires over almost exclusively gravel (with a little pavement mixed in) and am very impressed as to how well they roll. While I wouldn't put them on a bike that is exclusively for road riding, they are perfect for mixed terrain with their low rolling resistance and high puncture protection. More info here on the different compounds:

    Best price I've found so far (and where I purchased two sets) is at Merlin Cycles in the UK:
  3. Senna

    Senna Well-Known Member

    Are you running road tubeless on rim brakes?
  4. 83BSA

    83BSA Well-Known Member

    Those tires (tubed) came stock on my Kona Roadhouse. I liked them. Don't expect them to last a lot of miles.

    That's a very good price for them.


  5. Cannoli

    Cannoli Typical Uccio

    Yeah, I've read they have great grip and low rolling resistance, but don't last. For less than $35 a piece and the amount of time I expect to gravel ride in between road riding, I think a set a year is realistic.
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  6. awalk9905

    awalk9905 Well-Known Member

    Pretty interesting reading about the new tire studies with wider tires, lower pressure, and rolling resistance. According to this calculator I've been running my tire pressure on the high side.

    I've been trying out the recommendation and it's much smoother. My recommended pressure for a tubeless 700x28 is 57 front and 60 rear. I never ran it that low before.
  7. Cannoli

    Cannoli Typical Uccio

    I haven't run that low but when I go lower than I normally do on my Conti GP5000's (85F/92R), I "feel" like I'm fighting the tires.

    Here is a very popular pressure calculator:

    Another one that is extremely detailed if you setup a free account:

    And one more:

    I've come to find I like the higher side of the lower pressure recommendations. It seems to fit my riding style better than the lower pressures.
  8. awalk9905

    awalk9905 Well-Known Member

    I'm also running GP5000s. One of those calculators recommends 128psi and the other shows 54/65psi. I've only done a few rides on the lower pressure because this past month I haven't had time to ride, but should have more time now to play around with it. I didn't notice much of a difference in speed with the lower pressure, but I don't have anything to back that up.

    Somewhere I was reading that the AXS calculator was pulling from a ton of data that they've been compiling with real world testing, but for some reason I can't find where I was reading that.
  9. tecknojoe

    tecknojoe Well-Known Member

    I've had the Pirelli P Zero for about 2k miles now, and not one single flat. I'm beyond impressed
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  10. knedragon29

    knedragon29 Well-Known Member

    Nice whip
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  11. Cannoli

    Cannoli Typical Uccio

    The way I measured the different pressures was to ride my "baseline" 16-mile route at different pressures and normalized it with my power output using my power meter and compared overall speed. From there I used Strava to compare the runs to see where I was faster and where I was slower (rollers, flats, downhills, etc). Now Strava has a built-in tool that compares the same route ridden over time, taking a lot of the guess work out of the equation.

    The short of it is set a pressure and give it a go. Don't make the mistake I did at first and judge by feel alone. You need to compare hard numbers. Sometimes feeling like you're going slower is actually faster. Let the numbers guide you.
  12. rice r0cket

    rice r0cket Well-Known Member

    I don't know about you guys, but my pressure is dictated by how much pressure I need to not destroy the rims on potholes.

    The sales pitch is fine, but at the end of the day, there's no way in hell I'm running anywhere near the 60-65 psi recommended.
  13. Cannoli

    Cannoli Typical Uccio

  14. awalk9905

    awalk9905 Well-Known Member

    I plan to do a little testing and play around with it. I'm frustrated with my Quarq Dzero power meter which has been very inconsistent compared to other power meters I've used. Need to get that straightened out.
  15. rafa

    rafa Well-Known Member

    Nope, I have disc brakes.
    I think Skidooboy has the same bike as me, the Cannondale Slate. All versions come with disc brakes and tubeless ready wheels.
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  16. skidooboy

    skidooboy supermotojunkie

    yes, that is the case. i am running tubes on the stock Mavic wheels, with stock cannondale (panaracer) 650/42b (42-584) tires. would like to find a simlar smooth road type tread, and beefier tube. Ski
  17. Senna

    Senna Well-Known Member

    Standard pricing for two is $75 on amazon, just an FYI.
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  18. Senna

    Senna Well-Known Member

    Ah okay. I’ve heard kind of mixed things about running tubeless with rim brakes.
  19. Cannoli

    Cannoli Typical Uccio

  20. skidooboy

    skidooboy supermotojunkie

    thanks cannoli, i like the looks of them but, it doesnt look like they are offered in a 650b size. Ski

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