Rivendell Bicycle Works who built my Atlantis (disclaimer: I have wanted a Rivendell Bicycle from so long ago that while it is only a bicycle, I believe it might be special) and introduced me to thinking about cycling and realizing that my Engineering background indeed does trump bike lore by providing science, released the Rivendell Reader 43. I have enjoyed this reader, and it has informed my cycling, since before I had kids. That would mean when Grant was younger as well. Give it a read, it is always interesting and one can discuss any of the articles on your long rides, even if you ride alone.
I have had a great deal of mail on the tires. I had my tires recommended by the folks at Rivendell Bicycle Works and that made all the difference. Keven may not think I am riding on a wide enough tire, and he had to work a great deal for him to get me on these, but they made the whole difference. The wear is critical, the flat issue fun to tease other riders with, but the primary difference is safety and comfort, or maybe comfort and safety. The larger tires handle better, absorb shocks better, and simply ride better all day every day. Yes, they were the difference when I was run into the ditch of staying “afloat” or “digging in” like my 700x25Cs that I rode my last tour with.
I put pictures up so you can see there actual wear. I will actually ride on wider tires, and inflate them a hair less, Rivendell has provided me further education, and I am can understand what it means after having collected more experience.
The tires are from Schwalbe and the details are in the picture off the box below.
I have included pictures of the tread wear after 4800 miles across every imaginable road surface in the US. You can see the rear tires, under the greatest load, have the greatest wear. Otherwise, wow, these are the best touring setup I saw out there. Yes, I pulled glass out of them once halfway, but hey, that is regular maintenance on any tire.