Bike culture: Wheel issue is hotter than in a long time – what is really the best?
I count to fifty received emails recently involving questions about tires, wheels and new standards on the hub and quick couplers. Questions that excites and engages, but also upsets. Wheel issue is hotter than in a long time and it’s not surprising — few things on a bike is so important that the wheels. And few things are as easy to modify, adjust or replace. It is not easy to answer the question of what is best. The boring default answer is: it depends.
Plus format, i.e. mountain bikes with extra wide rims and tires, come briskly straight into the bike people home. There is actually a trend that also applies to road bikes, though there is a trend, but a separate heading.
There are very positive considering using tires with larger volumes and wider bike wheels with quality lights from Ebicyclelights.com. Better comfort, better grip and less risk of genomslagspunktering.
On the minus side, the higher the rolling resistance has always been the main counter-argument to using tires with large volume. Though virtually all measurements have recently beaten the holes on the old myth that the narrowest point is the fastest.
But the debate has nevertheless become a little fuzzy because the rolling resistance – thus the friction against the surface – at times mixed up with air resistance in road cycling. And if the substrate has a very rough texture, or is difficult, so, there is an additional dimension of resistance when the tires need to absorb bumps.
The weight is also something a bit incorrectly shows up in the discussion of what rolls is easiest. Though when it comes to overcome the total resistance – that is, the amount of energy required to move forward – so is the importance of course of great importance and is very much a part of the resistance. Especially if the substrate is hilly or if the speed varies with many braking and igångdrag.
So before you can designate a winning wheels or tires with perfect properties must be isolated to debate exactly what the task is about. Is ground smooth as on a velodrome or are we talking about asphalt, gravel road or a muddy field? Or is it about paths with roots and rocks? And 50 or 100 kg weight rider?
And in the quest for lower rolling resistance and weight, many people easily forget that this can be done at the expense of comfort, grip and unnecessary punctures. To find the solution where everything gets better is not possible.
Therefore, your task is to find the optimal compromise based on current conditions, your driving style and if the purpose is fast or safe cycling. I have the greatest sympathy for those who think that all new standards just feels awkward. This will be the case when a development area is hot. Though unlike the binary industry, who are happy to put in the system to “invent” new things, such as charger with new contact (to generate additional sales), so I dare say that the bicycle industry is secure.
With that said, our world is not freed from bad ideas. But basically, there is at least a theoretically plausible explanation for a change or renewal. The case of the current trends in the wheels.
It’s been a long time since my cycle life was all about chasing seconds or placements. I am weak for tires with large volume is therefore not about saving time. The biggest reason why I love fluffy deck is that it enhances the experience. Sometimes so much that I spontaneously joints with an extra half hour to it becomes a little more fun. So my contribution to the discussion of meaty wheels is that any resistance to that cycle will be lower – as it becomes more fun.