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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Riding around Boulder - thinking of the coming season

Its a tad wintery out in Boulder these days, but fortunately there are wonderful dry roads right near the shop. All year round we get to test and use the products we sell. The upper photo shows an old farm building about 4min from the shop. Then we get to climb up dirt roads into the hills above the city proper.

Normally this time of year we'd be on a tire with more tread, but with the dry season we're still running our 650b tire of choice, the Hetre. If/when the snow returns, we'll go to the narrower 650b Soma.

Like a car tire, it may be that narrower is a tad better for absolute traction in the snow, but within reason. So instead of using a 42mm, we'll use a 35 or 38. But never much narrower. We like the stability of wide tires overall. And the Hetre 42 doesn't have much tread. So the cheaper Soma tire is a nice winter choice.

What is nice about riding this time of year is we're not too worried about speed or distance. It is just great to get out and not be stuck on the wind trainer. So to take some photos, check out local roads that we don't always play on, or to just site see, its a great time of year. Soon this will change. Soon the miles and distance, depending on goals, will take on new urgency. Now is the time to just enjoy the bike and keep burning off those holiday season extra calories.

Mike Kone in Boulder CO

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