Saturday, September 29, 2007

More randomness and a product review

First, a product review.




I always thought a tire was a tire. I bought cheap ones and used them until flats were a common feature of my rides. Then this year I thought I would be racing on my clinchers. So I went out an bought a really nice set of tires. And I will NEVER go back. I picked up my Michelin Pro2Race tires in March. I rode the same set of tires until this morning when I get my new set in the mail. I don't count miles, but lets say the mileage on those babies is measured in the 1000's. Including a lot of miles on my trainer. In all those miles, I got a total of 1 flat. And it wasn't a puncture. It was a result of me running into a pothole that even Clevelanders would consider massive. Any bigger and there would have been 48 hour live coverage on CNN of the poor little tri-girl stuck down a hole. Last week went I went on my ride I checked out my tires first, since I was going out by myself for a very long ride. What I saw concerned me more than a little. The tires were D-One done. Many slashes and a lot of rear heat damage starting to show from my trainer hours. I thought there was no way I was going to make it through the ride. But alas, no worries. And when I took them off today, they were totally clean on the inside. None of the gashes were full thickness. They have also been shown to be among the fastest clincher tires on the market, and they ride like a dream. They grip the road really, really well in the rain and are smooth like silk. And no, I'm not sponsored by Michelin (I wish- those suckers are expensive!)

On to randomness...



Went to the pool this morning. The plan was swimming in the morning with Lanny and a ride in the afternoon with whoever in the gang wanted to go. We got there this morning and had the entire pool to ourselves. A 9 lane olympic sized pool (the above pic is actually our pool). SWEET! So we started our set. I am totally unconditioned for swimming, so Lanny was nice enough to lead the sets. Soon more people showed up. And then at 7 we were invaded by the munchkins. It's bad enough when you feel out of shape and have to deal with a clock staring you in the face. But it's just too much to be passed like you're standing still by an 8 year old half pint doing the one armed breaststroke with a pull buoy. These kids are seriously fast.

Another random note... Any bloggers out there wonder sometimes who exactly is reading their blogs? I used to have a nice anonymous blog. About 5 months ago, I became Googleable. Not sure how I feel about that.... Thankfully there are very few people in this world that can successfully spell my full name correctly. So I guess I can keep a small amount of anonymity...

Ok, off to get ready to ride! I love days off!

3 comments:

Dying Water Buffalo said...

That's cool about the race tires... I will order some on my next paycheck.. I've been getting tons'o'flats lately so that would be a welcome change... plus they come in cutesy colors! schwing! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the insight on the race tires, flats have been my biggest enemy!

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Wes said...

Coolness. Consensus is these are pretty good. I ordered mine! :-)