Tires Reprise – you haven’t heard the last of me

Amazingly good review of the Jones frame and fork in Bicycle Quarterly. Apparently it Planes. But not for me, not yet anyway.

Tires play a big part in how a bike feels, and I’ve been obsessing over tires for a while. Thanks to a bike swap acquisition, I’m now the proud owner of a pair of Schwalbe SuperMotos – quite possibly the same ones Jan and Fancy Fred rode on their Jones.

Today I aired them up and rode them around. After 3 months on knobbies, the difference is pretty dramatic.

Quiet.

Feels faster.

Handles much, much worse. Which is weird, because Jan and Fred raved about these tires on this bike. I even got myself a low pressure air guage and measured the pressure I’m running at.

At very similar pressures to what they have, (15.5 front, 17 rear), I felt like I was in no danger at all of a pinch flat, but the rear end of the bike felt very reluctant to turn.

I bumped the rear up to 20 on the way home and that felt better, but still very strange. I’m going to try 25 tomorrow.