This Blog focuses on a few of my favorite activities. Most notably Cycling, Amateur Radio and Target Shooting. I believe that we learn best by doing. Since I am always engaged in one project or another, the blog is the journal where I keep track of my accomplishments and ideas.
Over the past couple seasons I have been running less and less air in my off road bike tires. Back in my racing days (1994-96) I would use narrower tires 1.75" wide and 45 psi or more of air pressure. For a long time I needlessly punished myself with a harsh ride and less than optimum traction all for the sake of less rolling resistance. These days I look to optimize comfort and I have realized that less pressure lets the tires grip the trail much better and a softer ride results. I believe this line of thinking pays off on long 3 hours trail rides. Rolling resistance is an important factor for road bikes but not such a big deal on the trail.
Last season I ran Hutchison Airlight Pythons 2.00" wide folding beads. The Pythons are a great tire but the knobs were starting to round off and tiny dry rot cracks were setting in on the sidewalls. From one of the big mail orders I found a pair of Michelin Dry2 2.3" inch folders for $9.99 a tire. They are fat!
I mounted them up and took the bike out for a test ride. The air pressure was 30 psi. I don't have any trails near the house but nearby is an upground reservoir which has a few bare patches that simulate a "trail". The ride is very plush and I am liking these tires already. They feel heavier but I cannot really comment until I can ride on some real dirt.
No fancy tubeless rims or anything just good old 26" MTB wheels with presta innertubes. My weight is 160 pounds so I don't suffer from pinch flats like the bigger guys. I am also reluctant to make the move to 29er wheels. I am 5'8" tall and a frame my size with 29" wheels would have to be pretty compact. I know there are small rigs out there but I still worry about my toes hitting the front tire. And besides the Yeti is still a sweet single speed conversion even with its old timey "V" brakes.