Saturday, June 26, 2010
Tires, bikes and rolling resistance . . .
While there is a big difference in wheel sizes between road and mountain bike wheels, they DO make an assortment of tires that will give you a several mile per hour speed increase, and decrease your rolling resistance significantly on a standard mountain bike wheel. Just swap out the tire and tubes and off you go. Something like the Ritchy Tom Slick Mountain Bike Tire (on the left) will do the trick and make for a very different ride on pavement. The ride will be faster with less noise, and less work for the same speed. Plus going up and down hills you're not going to have top work as hard. Plus they are a fairly inexpensive change you can make to a standard mountain bike that will give you a whole lot more pleasure if you're going to run on city streets or paved trails.
Now, if your know what you're doing, all you will need to make this change are new tires, tubes and a pump, no tools required. Few minutes per wheel with no tools and off you go! I'm not even kidding. "No tools? Is she insane? It's not possible... " I can almost hear you thinking from here.
Asa Sales at Team Estrogen, it's easy to learn how to do it yourself! She goes into great deal about how exactly you quickly and easily change your own tires with no tools and no fuss. So there's really no reason for me to go into how to do it here, especially given what a great job Asa does. So a heartfelt thanks to Asa for doing a wonderful job of making the whole process simple and easy to understand!