Monday, October 29, 2012

Attention Undecided Voters: Your Vote Counts, Read Below!

As a low information voter, I know it can be hard to decide who to vote for. So many yard signs, all those commercials during your favorite police procedural, incessant phone calls during Cheetos breaks.

You wanted to like the one guy, but he acted like he didn't care about you during the debate. But the other guy just seems creepy with the hair and the tan and houses and such.

 It's definitely tough to make a decision! Below is a helpful PSA (Public Service Announcement) to help everyone understand the ramifications of this choice. This will hopefully assist in the decision making process. I know it did with me!

And yes, I miss Firefly too.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

bikeRedlands: The Big Weekend: Big Film Festival and Community R...

bikeRedlands: The Big Weekend: Big Film Festival and Community R...: On October 13 th , at the 2012 IEBA Bike Film Fest, the Inland Empire Biking Alliance (IEBA) will be presenting the world premier showing...

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Schwalbe Marathon Supremes - Making the Cut?

I love 35mm Paselas. Really. Made in Japan, high quality, flexible sidewalls, so-so puncture protection. Inexpensive to buy and readily available. They roll fast and wear at a reasonable rate. In fact my only criticism is that the sidewalls start disintegrating before the tread is worn down!

Panaracer Pasela sidewall damage 700X35C Tourguard w/ Kevlar bead

I do have an on-going problem with goathead punctures, so am always looking for a tire that rolls as good but is somewhat resistant to punctures. For those of you not living in the Southwestern United States, let me tell you how awful goatheads are. They are from an invasive ground level plant that reproduces at a prodigious rate. The seeds are built like little caltrops that puncture just about any tire I've found.

I've tried the amazing 700c Grand Bois tires, and while they roll wonderfully, they are just too delicate for my needs. I really do appreciate how low their rolling resistance is. Some QC issues as well I found.

In my quest to find the next best thing, I was able to borrow a set of Schwalbe Marathon Supremes (thanks Doug!). I found them to be about the same weight as the Paselas (Paselas have less wear, so I'm extrapolating that they're about the same weight when new).

tire weight comparo

Both tires pump up to near 34.5mm at 35psi.

tire width comparo

So same weight, same size, but they don't roll the same. The Pasela seems to be able to roll further when I'm coasting down a known road. Not hugely, but enough that I can notice it. The Supremes also feel heavier and clunkier. That's on the same rim, same bike, same pressure, same roads. Yes, subjective seat of the pants speedometer. I'll gladly refund any subscription money you've paid to this blog if you don't like those results.

And then there was the puncture!

Only you can prevent goatheads!

This happened the same weekend that I mounted the tires up. Maybe within the first 20 miles? Anecdotal of course, but it seems like the puncture protection isn't all that much better than the Paselas. Perhaps because the Supremes were fairly worn? With full tread they should be more resistant, but also a bit clunkier then what I felt was already sorta' clunky-chunky.

So, long blog short, I'm going to keep up withe the Paselas for a while longer. The Supremes would be great tires if you value long wear and probably improved puncture resistance. While I like those things, I want something with a bit less rolling resistance, but not too fragile. For now the Paselas meet that goal! Will keep my eye on the Challenge Eroica, though. I bet they will be a bit on the delicate side, similar to the GBs.