Yesterday I rode on Continental Tour Rides for the last time. I think I’ve put maybe 1000 to 1200 miles on them, although during the early part of the year I kept no accurate record of mileage. On the ride, I again tried out the Magellan Cyclo 505’s “Surprise Me!” feature, which again failed, telling me I’d arrived at my destination only 1.88 miles into a 37 mile ride. I reset navigation and then just went for a ride using the Magellan to record data. I’ll post another entry later on about the Magellan.
My ride took me through some of Stepford’s hillier neighborhoods. I explored a long, dead-end lane I’d never previously traveled; I rode down into a hollow where whiskey is made; I didn’t drink from the stream where a couple of years back, I got giardia; I rode back up a graded but largely unpaved road I descended last
Friday, er, Sunday. I kept my stops short and few, but did take some pictures.
Regarding the Continental Tour Ride tires – they only failed me once, in the silty bottom of a rain-swollen stream. Never a flat, never a failure to hold the road in slick conditions, never a problem powering through ruts, gravel, dirt, grass, stone, or mud. My only reason for replacing them is that I’d like something that rolls a little faster. That’s why, when I got a good deal (using bonus points, two for the price of one) at Bike Tires Direct, I bought a set of Clement X’Plor USH “adventure tires.”
The Clements were more of a hassle to mount than were the Continentals, although tire levers were not necessary for either set of tires. When mounting tires, I try to position the tires’ logo at the valve stem; makes it easier to find the stem when airing the tires. On Continental tires (at least Gatorskins and Tour Rides) the tire logo/name is emblazoned in the same place on either side of the tire. On the Clements, however, they are not so positioned and therefore when the stem is correctly positioned when the tire is seen from one side, it is off-kilter seen from the other side. I thought I’d messed up the back tire, cussed, remounted it, then cussed again before understanding dawned. Then, I felt foolish for having given voice to profanity. Here are some pictures – as with most of the photos on this blog, if you click on the image your browser will load an enlarged version of the image: