torsdag 15 november 2012

Do you know your Pipistrello's from your Pipisquallo's?

Tubular tyres, the absolute essential for serious crossers, a rite of passage from newbie to fully fledged CX Sweden member, or just an excuse to pay more for you push bike tyres than the ones on your car?

After spending the best part of a week gluing them, (real crossers don't tape), then playing around with different pressures, (how low can you go?), you've raced on them, (hopefully not rolled them), but have now bought into their advantages.

So, with five weekends completed, (and countless more Intro, Waffle, Wednesday VM's, and Kompis races) we've had courses offer us grass, hard-pack, light mud, water, and at last real mud. With one more round to come in December it's even possible that we could add snow and ice to that list.

That's five, (potentially six), different surfaces we've contended with, yet I'm probably not the only person who's raced all of them, (expect Falun, sorry guys), with the same tyres.

So if the first step is getting on to the tubular ladder, the second is creating a collection of tyres or wheels that can be chosen based on the course conditions. Whilst I was excitedly reading this article on Dugast's new Small Bird cx tubular, (identical pattern to their MTB tubs of the same name), I decided to create an over simplified table of tubular manufactures, their tyres, and my understanding of the intended use.

So as an excuse to go out and buy new tyres, use the following to access what you've got, and to plan what you want need.

CX Sweden's Stuffmeister