Are my tyres too thin?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by beany_bot, 20 Aug 2012.

  1. beany_bot

    beany_bot Über Member

    Hi,

    So as I'm reading more and more about "road biking" im starting to think my tyres are too thin...they are 700x23c.

    Is this ok for my 16mile RT commute? or is there loads of benefits to going wider?

    Also I keep reading about lighter this and lighter that...my bike is frankly damn heavy but the way I see it, im cycling to get fit, so surely a heavier bike is better?
     
  2. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    23c are absolutely fine. This is what I use. Anything bigger is for a tractor ! :tongue:
     
  3. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    I use 23's for my SE London commute and they are fine.
    You will be fine on yours.
     
  4. lordloveaduck

    lordloveaduck Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Birmingham
    I think (most likely wrong) wider is a smoother ride. I have 25 on my road and 35 on hybrid not noticed any difference in speed.

    If your cycling to get fit, no need to worry about the weight, as your fitness improves you will wonder what all the fuss was about ;)
     
  5. wheres_my_beard

    wheres_my_beard Über Member

    Location:
    Norwich
    I have slick 19's on my fixed and knobbly 42's on my cross. I love both. Ride whatever's comfy for you. If 23's feel too thin, maybe try something a bit bigger like slick 28's, which seems a good compromise between drag, weight bearing, and comfort; that's what came with my cross when new, and was great on-road, and down rough tracks.
     
  6. StuartG

    StuartG slower but further

    Location:
    SE London
    More important is how much air you have in 'em. You should be running at 90/100 psi for optimum efficiency (though best check the rating on the sidewall). Its a damned lot easier to pump up a 23 than a 33 :smile:

    I would only go wider if the road is very rough or I'm carrying heavy loads. Easier to pair down what you carry - makes for a much easier and pleasant commute.
     
  7. 25's on one bike and 35's on the other, I find the 35's much smoother on these pot holed roads, don't have to dodge as much of the rough stuff :thumbsup:
     
  8. OP
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    beany_bot

    beany_bot Über Member

    My roads are pretty good to be honest, im just home now and dont think I will change them, they work good.
    I must say I am absolutely loving this! what a buzz, making good time, getting a good sweat but not at all soul destroying as I found running to be. I just hope grim winter rain isnt off putting.
     
  9. defy-one

    defy-one Guest

    23's on both race bikes,but probably going to fit 25's to the Triban commuter. Slightly smoother ride and more weight on the bike with pannier
     
  10. CopperCyclist

    CopperCyclist Veteran

    23 on the road bike which I use in fine weather for commuting. 35 on the cyclocross which I use for 'wet or might be wet' weather commuting. I don't really notice a great deal of difference in comfort - unless I drop the psi in the cyclocross tyres from 80 to 50*, in which case it's slower, but as good as suspension!

    * I tend to only do this in icy weather, though whether this is actually advisable I don't know... It gives me more confidence in the grip though!
     
  11. OP
    OP
    beany_bot

    beany_bot Über Member

    Are the 23s on a road bike bad in the wet? Not ridden in the wet yet?
     
  12. I commute currently on 23mm's too, more rubber might be more advisable in winter but I've used my previous road bikes throughout winter in the past no problem (also 23mm's) and the only time I've ever had a slide out has been on wider tyres; I think psi and how you attack bends is more important.
     
  13. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Fine. It's the tyre itself that matters. It's all about the compound - bloody scientific you know ! :laugh:
     
  14. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    I use 23mm all year round, unless it's icy, then the MTB with tungsten carbide studded tyres comes out :evil:
     
  15. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    They are fine.
    Bike tyres do not (cannot) aquaplane in the wet.

    However best to steer clear of painted lines and road ironwork when wet.
     
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