So after losing a tire on my second run out this season, I decided to change out my stock Bontrager tires for some slicks. Since I’m usually riding on local roads or the rail trail anyway, I figured why not. I picked up a pair of thorn resistant inner tubes, and a pair of Continental City Ride II tires. The tires were much easier to mount than I expected. At first I was put off by the whitewall strip on the side of the tires – I think black tires look so much better! However, the strip on these tires is highly reflective, and since I do the bulk of my “get less fat” riding at night, these are well suited for making sure all the local drunks and tourists can see me at night. Have a look here:
The first thing I noticed on my first ride with these tires was just how quiet they were. Some of the Amazon reviewers complained that the tires didn’t roll quite so nice as some other tires and that you might notice reduced speed, but I’m too far out of shape to make that determination at this point. (Like REAL bad..LOL) I figure a few months down the road, I’ll be better able to compare the performance of these tires against the stock tires on longer rides. This time out, I was off my usual time by 50%…yikes!