Sacred Flemish grime covered our bikes.

La Vie Velominatus: Saleté Sacrée

La Vie Velominatus: Saleté Sacrée

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A Velominatus maintains their machine with meticulous care, doting over it daily. A bicycle is a tool, but it is also a work of art, and serves us loyally in pursuit of our craft. We love them as though they were alive; as we grow together, the cracks and lines formed upon both our skins signifies the journey that has passed beneath our wheels.

A clean bicycle with a boastful luster inspires pride; I find myself constantly fighting the urge to carry mine upstairs to sit by the dinner table each time it has been cleaned, the bar tape freshly wrapped, or any old component swapped for a new one. I’m sure a psychiatrist would have a thing or two to say about it; I know the VMH does.

And yet, there are times when it pains me to clean my machine. After our first day on the Cobbles of Roubaix on Keepers Tour 2012, I left my bike dirty for two days because I couldn’t bring myself to rid her frame of the sacred dust that had accumulated after a day’s hard riding over some of the most hallowed roads in the world. A week later, I suffered the same condition the day after riding the route of De Ronde through hail, rain, and wind which left our machines covered in mud, manure, and Merckx knows what else. I think some part of me hoped the Flemish spirit held within all that grit would somehow be absorbed by my bike, that it would somehow help complete her soul.

But this kind of sacred dirt, the kind we don’t want to wash from our steeds, isn’t found only on the holy roads of Northern Europe. I found myself with the same reluctance to clean my Graveur after riding Heck of the North this year; a race held outside a small Northern Minnesota town nearly half a world from Flanders. I also serendipitously found photos Pavé William took of his Rosin after riding the Strade Bianche, documenting the covering of white dust upon its tubes. This condition afflicts us all, it would seem.

Any dirt becomes holy when we’ve suffered through it, when it took something from us in order to find its way onto our bikes and clothing. Sacred Dirt it is created spontaneously after prolonged exposure to The V.

Vive la Vie Velominatus.

// La Vie Velominatus // The Bikes

  1. @Nate

    @Buck Rogers Thanks, how I feel too. Only problem is after a massive ride like that my everyday roads are feeling a little ordinary.

    That’s the same problem we have with the cobbles.

  2. @frank Think I put that up in the Rides but it seemed a propos here after M. Liddy’s post. It’s from the Eggtimer Gran Fondo.  I ran 24 mm Vittoria Open Paves on the day as only about 10% of the ride was on dirt, there was neutral support for clinchers, a hell of a lot of climbing, and the FMBs don’t fit on this bike.  The tire choice worked out; at one point I wiped the rear tire to remove debris and there was something embedded I could not remove.  A minute later there was a rest stop; I pulled over and found a staple in the tread, but it didn’t get through the kevlar.

  3. Talking about KT and cobbles, found this little snippet about the cobbles in the 2014 TdF;

    Whatever your position, think about this: cycling over cobblestones is an art. It is arguably as much of a discipline in road cycling as is sprinting, climbing, descending and time trialling. And with all those disciplines, some riders are good at them, while some are bad. In the discipline of their expertise, some riders become victims to the inherent risks through no fault of their own.

    We had no cobble races here in Oz, Melburn-Roobaix wasn’t around in the 80’s/90’s. It was a great riding experience riding over the cobbled back lanes of Melbourne. As well as taking to the gravel roads in the Dandenongs and Warrandyte regions. Might still have a rim with dents in the sides in the man cave.

  4. @Nate yeah I was similarly shod with 25mm Conti GP4 Seasons as we had 150k to cover with about 15k of gravel. They were being eyed off with some jealousy by a few of the others in my team who were running their standard 23’s.

  5. @Mikael Liddy

    @Nate yeah I was similarly shod with 25mm Conti GP4 Seasons as we had 150k to cover with about 15k of gravel. They were being eyed off with some jealousy by a few of the others in my team who were running their standard 23″²s.

    Im running 23mm Conti GP4000s up front and 25mm Conti GP4000s out back.

    25 is the new “black”

  6. @Barracuda

    @Mikael Liddy

    @Nate yeah I was similarly shod with 25mm Conti GP4 Seasons as we had 150k to cover with about 15k of gravel. They were being eyed off with some jealousy by a few of the others in my team who were running their standard 23″²s.

    Im running 23mm Conti GP4000s up front and 25mm Conti GP4000s out back.

    25 is the new “black”

    I have been running 25mm tires and can’t say I notice a very big difference from the 23mm I had on the last bike. I never did a side by side comparison but I feel like the differences are minimal.

  7. @DCR

    @Barracuda

    @Mikael Liddy

    @Nate yeah I was similarly shod with 25mm Conti GP4 Seasons as we had 150k to cover with about 15k of gravel. They were being eyed off with some jealousy by a few of the others in my team who were running their standard 23″²s.

    Im running 23mm Conti GP4000s up front and 25mm Conti GP4000s out back.

    25 is the new “black”

    I have been running 25mm tires and can’t say I notice a very big difference from the 23mm I had on the last bike. I never did a side by side comparison but I feel like the differences are minimal.

    Sshhhh, don’t tell anyone, but not sure I can either !

    Having said that I do think the 25 out back gives me a softer ride, not sure about the differences in rolling resistance between front and back though!

    Had this set up for a while and the jury is still out !

  8. @DCR @Barracuda biggest difference I’ve noticed is it feels much surer handling wise. Doubt Cuda would be getting that though given he’s still got a 23 up front, get many splinters from sitting on that fence?

  9. @frank

    @gaswepass

    @frank

    kickin and screaming the whole way. s’ok. sometimes better to not look the part when u can’t represent.

    when u gonna come down and race in the dirt with the men? @scaler911 still shy about gettin that dirty, needs a little stab in the ass to make that happen.

    have to give u credit- seeing that picture inspired to go reprise that ride tomorrow

    If @scaler needs “a little stab in the ass”, I’ll leave that to you and your little prick.

    @Nate

    More dirt goodness.

    You posted that somewhere else, and it was just as awesome. Top marks. And I assume those are the FMB Roubaix tires?

    That climb was absolutely nuts.  That photographer got some absolutely stunning shots.  Craziest part is that this wasn’t even the prettiest scenery we saw, not by a long shot.  Here’s mine:

  10. @Mikael Liddy

    @DCR @Barracuda biggest difference I’ve noticed is it feels much surer handling wise. Doubt Cuda would be getting that though given he’s still got a 23 up front, get many splinters from sitting on that fence?

    Plenty of splinters this end !!   Fronts due for a change and just happen to have a crisp new Conti 25 in a box.

    May have to put it on front, will that stop the “clutch” going in when attempting Nettle Hill down these parts though ? ( insert the banned smiley face )

  11. @DCR

    @Barracuda

    @Mikael Liddy

    @Nate yeah I was similarly shod with 25mm Conti GP4 Seasons as we had 150k to cover with about 15k of gravel. They were being eyed off with some jealousy by a few of the others in my team who were running their standard 23″²s.

    Im running 23mm Conti GP4000s up front and 25mm Conti GP4000s out back.

    25 is the new “black”

    I have been running 25mm tires and can’t say I notice a very big difference from the 23mm I had on the last bike. I never did a side by side comparison but I feel like the differences are minimal.

    I’ve got bikes with both sizes – all but one have 700x25s, the remaining one is being used to burn through my last 700x23s, after which it’ll be running 25s as well.  There’s a discernable difference in how well they absorb bad road; the 25s do a much better job of it.

    The last two years I used 700x28s for Rouge-Roubaix (170 km with lots of bad road and ~40 km of gravel).  I’m going back to 25s for that race, since the bike I’m using next year won’t fit the 28s.

  12. @revchuck

    @DCR

    @Barracuda

    @Mikael Liddy

    @Nate yeah I was similarly shod with 25mm Conti GP4 Seasons as we had 150k to cover with about 15k of gravel. They were being eyed off with some jealousy by a few of the others in my team who were running their standard 23″²s.

    Im running 23mm Conti GP4000s up front and 25mm Conti GP4000s out back.

    25 is the new “black”

    I have been running 25mm tires and can’t say I notice a very big difference from the 23mm I had on the last bike. I never did a side by side comparison but I feel like the differences are minimal.

    I’ve got bikes with both sizes – all but one have 700x25s, the remaining one is being used to burn through my last 700x23s, after which it’ll be running 25s as well. There’s a discernable difference in how well they absorb bad road; the 25s do a much better job of it.

    The last two years I used 700x28s for Rouge-Roubaix (170 km with lots of bad road and ~40 km of gravel). I’m going back to 25s for that race, since the bike I’m using next year won’t fit the 28s.

    It could be that the vibrations are more tame with the 25mm tire. I attributed the difference to the change from a carbon frame to a titanium. I will have to do a side by side comparison with the next bike.

  13. @revchuck

    @DCR

    @Barracuda

    @Mikael Liddy

    @Nate yeah I was similarly shod with 25mm Conti GP4 Seasons as we had 150k to cover with about 15k of gravel. They were being eyed off with some jealousy by a few of the others in my team who were running their standard 23″²s.

    Im running 23mm Conti GP4000s up front and 25mm Conti GP4000s out back.

    25 is the new “black”

    I have been running 25mm tires and can’t say I notice a very big difference from the 23mm I had on the last bike. I never did a side by side comparison but I feel like the differences are minimal.

    I’ve got bikes with both sizes – all but one have 700x25s, the remaining one is being used to burn through my last 700x23s, after which it’ll be running 25s as well. There’s a discernable difference in how well they absorb bad road; the 25s do a much better job of it.

    I had the same experience as @DCR and feel the biggest difference in ride quality comes from the quality of the tire itself moreso than the width.

    That said, one think I noticed is there was zero noticeable difference between GP4000 in 23 vs 25 at the same pressure; when I dropped the pressure a bit in the 25 (5 PSI), I noticed an improvement in vibration dampening. Turns out a wider tire at the same pressure is relatively harder than a narrow tire at low pressure, though I am not sure I understand the physics behind that.

  14. @frank Oh shit.

    Enter “rolling resistance and tire width/pressure” discussion number 27.

  15. @EricW

    @frank

    @gaswepass

    @frank

    kickin and screaming the whole way. s’ok. sometimes better to not look the part when u can’t represent.

    when u gonna come down and race in the dirt with the men? @scaler911 still shy about gettin that dirty, needs a little stab in the ass to make that happen.

    have to give u credit- seeing that picture inspired to go reprise that ride tomorrow

    If @scaler needs “a little stab in the ass”, I’ll leave that to you and your little prick.

    @Nate

    More dirt goodness.

    You posted that somewhere else, and it was just as awesome. Top marks. And I assume those are the FMB Roubaix tires?

    That climb was absolutely nuts. That photographer got some absolutely stunning shots. Craziest part is that this wasn’t even the prettiest scenery we saw, not by a long shot. Here’s mine:

    Very nice. Same thing I said to @nate but with the added advise of getting a V kit.

  16. @frank

    @revchuck

    @DCR

    @Barracuda

    @Mikael Liddy

    @Nate yeah I was similarly shod with 25mm Conti GP4 Seasons as we had 150k to cover with about 15k of gravel. They were being eyed off with some jealousy by a few of the others in my team who were running their standard 23″²s.

    Im running 23mm Conti GP4000s up front and 25mm Conti GP4000s out back.

    25 is the new “black”

    I have been running 25mm tires and can’t say I notice a very big difference from the 23mm I had on the last bike. I never did a side by side comparison but I feel like the differences are minimal.

    I’ve got bikes with both sizes – all but one have 700x25s, the remaining one is being used to burn through my last 700x23s, after which it’ll be running 25s as well. There’s a discernable difference in how well they absorb bad road; the 25s do a much better job of it.

    I had the same experience as @DCR and feel the biggest difference in ride quality comes from the quality of the tire itself moreso than the width.

    That said, one think I noticed is there was zero noticeable difference between GP4000 in 23 vs 25 at the same pressure; when I dropped the pressure a bit in the 25 (5 PSI), I noticed an improvement in vibration dampening. Turns out a wider tire at the same pressure is relatively harder than a narrow tire at low pressure, though I am not sure I understand the physics behind that.

    The GP4000s I have in 25 mounted up on the H+Son Archetypes measure out to about 27mm due to the wide rim (23mm I think).  Super comfortable and excellent grip.

    I find I can comfortably run about 10 pounds less in them than when they were mounted up on a set of Ksyriums.  Like the others, I did not notice a huge difference between GP4000s 23 and 25 on the Ksyriums.

  17. Only downside I could see with lower pressure in a larger tire is the increased contact patch. May equal more grip but also more rolling resistance.

  18. I feel like 25s at slightly lower pressure roll faster on rough roads than 23s.  Even if they didn’t I am happy to have a bit larger contact patch for technical descents on less than perfect roads.

  19. @Nate

    I feel like 25s at slightly lower pressure roll faster on rough roads than 23s. Even if they didn’t I am happy to have a bit larger contact patch for technical descents on less than perfect roads.

    +1 I’m becoming a connoisseur of chipseal, and lower-pressure 25s have improved my quality of life a lot.

  20. @PeakInTwoYears

    @Nate

    I feel like 25s at slightly lower pressure roll faster on rough roads than 23s. Even if they didn’t I am happy to have a bit larger contact patch for technical descents on less than perfect roads.

    +1 I’m becoming a connoisseur of chipseal, and lower-pressure 25s have improved my quality of life a lot.

    And apparently a wider rim like a Hed C2 or a Velocity A23 allows you to run a lower pressure than the same size tire on a narrower rim – I believe Hed recommends at least 11% lower pressure than on a 19mm rim.  I went the other way on my C2s and went from 25mm tires to 23mm which I run at the same pressure as I ran with my 25s on my Open Pro rims.  The fact that they are Vittoria Open Corsa SCs with a high tpi count is what adds the improved ride quality, which speaks to Frank’s point about the quality of the tire making the biggest difference.  For my experiences, a wide rim with a supple tire is the best you can get if you’re going to ride clinchers.  I’ve never ridden tubeless though so maybe that’s better, but If I’m going to go to that effort, I’ll just ride tubulars.

  21. @VeloVita

    Interesting. I’m going to try the Vittorias next. I ran tubs back in the day, and they were/are amazingly better. /sigh/

  22. @RedRanger

    Very nice. Same thing I said to @nate but with the added advise of getting a V kit.

    Working on it!

    I still have not cleaned the dirt  from the Fondo off my rims on the Colnago, although the drivetrain and frame are spick and span.  I like the look of dirty wheels, it reminds me of the places they’ve rolled.  That said, I should probably give them a wipe down soon.

  23. Has anyone used the tubeless road wheels? Haven’t really seen much on them. Whats the benefit?

  24. @DCR I’ve seen some around, but never used them myself.  I’m terrified of blowing a bead off at 100psi.

  25. @DCR

    Has anyone used the tubeless road wheels? Haven’t really seen much on them. Whats the benefit?

    Yes I use them.  Started with Bontrager and while they were OK and I had some “saves” by using them they did not seem great at holding air and would typically lose 10 psi or so every day after a ride.  Changed to Schwalbe Utremo and they have been great, felt better on the road vs the Bontrager do not lose pressure and gave me a number of “saves” before I got a “terminal” on the Cogal so had to put a tube in.  Not too much hassle.  One theory about them is that when you have a blowout it is not as sudden as a tube – which was born out in my case – though I think @roadslave had a decent spray of latex behind me! I think there is less risk of rolling off the rim than a clincher as they are a darned sight harder to get on/off than any clincher I have used.  So for me the benefit is that I have definitely saved some punctures on rides.  There are also claims that the ride is near that of a tub and better than clincher/tube but as I had them from new on the current bike I can’t really say.

  26. @DCR

    Only downside I could see with lower pressure in a larger tire is the increased contact patch. May equal more grip but also more rolling resistance.

    Counter intuitively, the opposite may be the case (within reason). When I race CX on hard bumpy surfaces and grass with small tussocks, it’s advantageous to run less pressure as you get less ‘rebound’ of the tire against the obstacle. This rebound may be happening on a much smaller scale when dealing with rougher roads and chip seal, and *may* be why it feels smoother/faster with slightly less pressure. The smoother the road/track, the higher pressure may be more advantageous.

  27. @Buck Rogers

    @frank Oh shit.

    Enter “rolling resistance and tire width/pressure” discussion number 27.

    Woops. Sorry mate.

  28. @Teocalli

    @DCR

    Has anyone used the tubeless road wheels? Haven’t really seen much on them. Whats the benefit?

    Yes I use them. Started with Bontrager and while they were OK and I had some “saves” by using them they did not seem great at holding air and would typically lose 10 psi or so every day after a ride. Changed to Schwalbe Utremo and they have been great, felt better on the road vs the Bontrager do not lose pressure and gave me a number of “saves” before I got a “terminal” on the Cogal so had to put a tube in. Not too much hassle. One theory about them is that when you have a blowout it is not as sudden as a tube – which was born out in my case – though I think @roadslave had a decent spray of latex behind me! I think there is less risk of rolling off the rim than a clincher as they are a darned sight harder to get on/off than any clincher I have used. So for me the benefit is that I have definitely saved some punctures on rides. There are also claims that the ride is near that of a tub and better than clincher/tube but as I had them from new on the current bike I can’t really say.

    Thanks for the info. I am in the market for a wheelset and was considering the tubeless route. I may have to give them a shot.

  29. As far as ride quality, would Open Corsa SC and latex tubes not be pretty close to a tubular?

  30. @frank Re:  700x23s vs. 700x25s, I can believe that tire quality might be more important than size.  One of these days, I’ll have to replace the 110 tpi Michelins I’m using with some flavor of Vittoria Open Corsas or Veloflex Masters and find out for myself.

  31. @Weldertron

    As far as ride quality, would Open Corsa SC and latex tubes not be pretty close to a tubular?

    Ultimately depends on which tubular; but a good tub will blow your mind. And, tubs are round, and don’t distort the way clinchers do, especially cornering.

    CHANGE. YOUR. LIFE.

  32. Got some grime on the #1 today.  The road I was on went to gravel, became double track, then entered a state forest and became basically a rocky stream bed.  I forged ahead, hiked over the rocks, leaves, snow and sand until I crested and dropped out the other side on a muddy, slippery downhill.  Never go back.

  33. @frank

    @Weldertron

    As far as ride quality, would Open Corsa SC and latex tubes not be pretty close to a tubular?

    Ultimately depends on which tubular; but a good tub will blow your mind. And, tubs are round, and don’t distort the way clinchers do, especially cornering.

    CHANGE. YOUR. LIFE.

    How much of a hassle are they when dealing with flats? Do they make good tubulars with flat protection? I ask due to the fact that here we deal with some of the nastiest thorns I have seen. Most desert plants like to stab you.

  34. @DCR

    @frank

    @Weldertron

    As far as ride quality, would Open Corsa SC and latex tubes not be pretty close to a tubular?

    Ultimately depends on which tubular; but a good tub will blow your mind. And, tubs are round, and don’t distort the way clinchers do, especially cornering.

    CHANGE. YOUR. LIFE.

    How much of a hassle are they when dealing with flats? Do they make good tubulars with flat protection? I ask due to the fact that here we deal with some of the nastiest thorns I have seen. Most desert plants like to stab you.

    Here in Utah, we have the nasty and ubiquitous goat head thorns.  When I put on a new tubular, I remove the valve core and add 1oz of Stan’s tire sealant.  With that, and a quality tire, I’ve had no problems.  I currently run Vittoria Pave’ EVO-CGs (290tpi w/ Kevlar).

  35. @Optimiste

    @DCR

    @frank

    @Weldertron

    As far as ride quality, would Open Corsa SC and latex tubes not be pretty close to a tubular?

    Ultimately depends on which tubular; but a good tub will blow your mind. And, tubs are round, and don’t distort the way clinchers do, especially cornering.

    CHANGE. YOUR. LIFE.

    How much of a hassle are they when dealing with flats? Do they make good tubulars with flat protection? I ask due to the fact that here we deal with some of the nastiest thorns I have seen. Most desert plants like to stab you.

    Here in Utah, we have the nasty and ubiquitous goat head thorns. When I put on a new tubular, I remove the valve core and add 1oz of Stan’s tire sealant. With that, and a quality tire, I’ve had no problems. I currently run Vittoria Pave’ EVO-CGs (290tpi w/ Kevlar).

    Ah the goat head…. they are quite prolific here. This is my main concern. Thanks for the input. I luckily have a couple of wheels that can serve as commuter sets so tubulars may be in my future.

  36. @DCR

    @Optimiste

    @DCR

    @frank

    @Weldertron

    As far as ride quality, would Open Corsa SC and latex tubes not be pretty close to a tubular?

    Ultimately depends on which tubular; but a good tub will blow your mind. And, tubs are round, and don’t distort the way clinchers do, especially cornering.

    CHANGE. YOUR. LIFE.

    How much of a hassle are they when dealing with flats? Do they make good tubulars with flat protection? I ask due to the fact that here we deal with some of the nastiest thorns I have seen. Most desert plants like to stab you.

    Here in Utah, we have the nasty and ubiquitous goat head thorns. When I put on a new tubular, I remove the valve core and add 1oz of Stan’s tire sealant. With that, and a quality tire, I’ve had no problems. I currently run Vittoria Pave’ EVO-CGs (290tpi w/ Kevlar).

    Ah the goat head…. they are quite prolific here. This is my main concern. Thanks for the input. I luckily have a couple of wheels that can serve as commuter sets so tubulars may be in my future.

    Excellent.  By the way, my EVOs have held up well amid the recent proliferation of chipseal here.  Your mileage may vary.

  37. Speaking of sacred dirt, live from Belgium cyclocross streaming here NOW.

  38. @DCR

    @frank

    @Weldertron

    As far as ride quality, would Open Corsa SC and latex tubes not be pretty close to a tubular?

    Ultimately depends on which tubular; but a good tub will blow your mind. And, tubs are round, and don’t distort the way clinchers do, especially cornering.

    CHANGE. YOUR. LIFE.

    How much of a hassle are they when dealing with flats? Do they make good tubulars with flat protection? I ask due to the fact that here we deal with some of the nastiest thorns I have seen. Most desert plants like to stab you.

    Once you learn what you’re doing (I’ve changed about a dozen or so tubs now) you can pull a tub and slap a spare on in less time than it takes to change a clincher.

    I know several people who ride with goop in their tires, which I imagine is about as effective as with clinchers.

    That said, if flats are a daily or weekly issue, I’d probably stay away from tubs just for the sheer cost of tire replacement. (My only bike with clinchers now is my rain bike.)

  39. @VbyV

    Got some grime on the #1 today. The road I was on went to gravel, became double track, then entered a state forest and became basically a rocky stream bed. I forged ahead, hiked over the rocks, leaves, snow and sand until I crested and dropped out the other side on a muddy, slippery downhill. Never go back.

    Sounds like a great day out!

    @Optimiste

    @DCR

    @frank

    @Weldertron

    As far as ride quality, would Open Corsa SC and latex tubes not be pretty close to a tubular?

    Ultimately depends on which tubular; but a good tub will blow your mind. And, tubs are round, and don’t distort the way clinchers do, especially cornering.

    CHANGE. YOUR. LIFE.

    How much of a hassle are they when dealing with flats? Do they make good tubulars with flat protection? I ask due to the fact that here we deal with some of the nastiest thorns I have seen. Most desert plants like to stab you.

    Here in Utah, we have the nasty and ubiquitous goat head thorns. When I put on a new tubular, I remove the valve core and add 1oz of Stan’s tire sealant. With that, and a quality tire, I’ve had no problems. I currently run Vittoria Pave’ EVO-CGs (290tpi w/ Kevlar).

    Well, there you have it. Case closed.

  40. @Optimiste those are cute. we have cactus down here, which I fell into one today. Merckx I love riding.

  41. @RedRanger

    @Optimiste those are cute. we have cactus down here, which I fell into one today. Merckx I love riding.

    Yeow!

  42. @Optimiste yup. had to walk my mtb back to my truck and pull thorns out with pliers

  43. Pictures?

  44. @RedRanger

    @Optimiste yup. had to walk my mtb back to my truck and pull thorns out with pliers

    Sooo, what your saying is you should have been on a road bike.  On the road.  Right?

  45. @Weldertron sorry that wasnt on the top of my list of things to do lol.

    @Optimiste I ride road also. Just like both

  46. @RedRanger Undoubtedly.  I’ve been saved from needing skin grafts numerous times on the road because of bike handling skills I developed on singletrack.  Good on ‘ya.

  47. @frank

    @Buck Rogers

    @frank Oh shit.

    Enter “rolling resistance and tire width/pressure” discussion number 27.

    Woops. Sorry mate.

    I may have to take the blame for that one !

    Having said that, no longer running hybrid set-up, 25’s alround and no more splinters @Mikael Liddy

  48. @Mikael Liddy

    @DCR @Barracuda biggest difference I’ve noticed is it feels much surer handling wise. Doubt Cuda would be getting that though given he’s still got a 23 up front, get many splinters from sitting on that fence?

    Got some big tweezers and prized those splinters out !  Gone from 23/25 to 25/25 and can confirm that it rocks !!    Much surere handling – as suggested on the front – without any noticeable speed or rolling dramas.

  49. @Barracuda good to hear!

  50. Filthy things rim brakes… Riding in the wet is filthy but fun.

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