February 13, 2015 by welshcyclist
I’ve done a few commutes with my new back wheel now, I feel as if I’m going faster, and the pedalling seems so much smoother? Looking at the times for my commute, however, they remain average, for me, at least, and painfully slow to the average roadie.
Has the new back wheel speeded me up? I don’t know, the bike feels more comfortable, and the power transfer seems to have improved. Maybe the old wheel, damaged as it was, was making it harder work for me on the Pioneer? That’s, probably, the best explanation I can come up with, on my lonesome.
So the upgrade on my bike, has improved things in a comfort text, or at least in my mind.
I have begun to think of how, I can improve my commute, by upgrades of any sort. Then on one of the cycling web sites I came across Tannus tyres, have a look at their web site. Tannus make solid rubber tyres, something I looked at in my early days of commuting by bike, probably eight years ago. Back then puncture free solid tyres were rubbished by cycling aficionados, as being too slow. But speed has never been one of my major concerns, the joy of being out in the fresh air, self propulsion, even helping save on emissions, are all more important to me. To coin a phrase cycling is just fantastic.
Speed wasn’t and still isn’t important to me, but making cycling more hard work for me is? Back then, the idea of 10% extra rolling resistance did not outweigh being puncture free. To day Tannus claim that has been cut to 2%, and at a cost of £90 a pair for my bike, seems reasonable to have that added peace of mind, that I will always get to work on time, without having a puncture. On top of that these solid tyres are good, they claim, for 8,000 miles. I am definitely interested, do you my faithful reader know of, or have any experience of solid tyres.
Compared to the effort I was putting in with my old (broken) back wheel to my new shiny one, I’d have to put a measure of 5-10%, so 2% extra rolling resistance doesn’t frighten me. “Peace of mind”, as Amen Korner sang about would bring that bit more pleasure to my commute. I’ve already said, (there’s another few words from a pop song), in a reply comment to John Berry on this blog I am thinking of upgrading to a new front wheel on my Pioneer. Now puncture free tyres? Would they add the icing to the cake, that I am already enjoying?
I need to do some more investigation, I’ve already asked a question on Cyclescheme, who previously advised never use solid tyres, perhaps I should ask on Cyclebug and Bikeradar as well as contacting Tannus to ask some pertinent questions.
Watch this space, faithful reader.