Just a short follow-up to yesterday’s “Are Bigger Tires & Rims Better…?”
The lovely Ms. Debbie and I both made a point of getting home from work early enough for a post-work-day tandem ride tonight. It’s not often that we can work out an in-week / afterwork ride, so this was quite a treat!
Given I made it home about 20 minutes ahead of our appointed rendezvous time I went ahead and replaced the 48° Velocity Dyads with 28mm Continental Gatorskins with the 36° Velocity Deep-Vs and my beloved 25mm Vredestein Fortezzas, re-adjusted the brakes, topped off the tires at 135 psi and also popped-in a freshly charged set of batteries for the diNotte taillight: yes, we remain fully committed to using very bright taillights in daylight and especially in the late afternoon / early evening / twilight hours.
I’m clearly biased here, so take it for what it’s worth when I say that it really felt good to be back on a more familiar tire. No, the ride is not as plush… not by a long stretch and as before Ms. Debbie really couldn’t tell the difference. But, at least in terms of how road feel and imperfections were transmitted through the front wheel, fork and handlebars I was definitely getting a lot of feedback that had gone missing on yesterday’s ride with the larger diameter Gatorskins. Cornering was once again sublime; point and shoot with spot-on accuracy. And, yes, our average time/speeds returned to their norm for this familiar, short loop ride.
I did discover — or at least was reminded during yesterday’s ride — that my front White Ind MI5 hub on the 36° Deep-V wheelset was sorely in need of an adjustment, as I’d already ruled out valve stem movement as a potential source of some rotational noise coming from the front wheel. After cooling down and having some dinner I returned to the garage and pulled apart the front hub so that I could check the bearings, clear out the crud and then re-set the front bearing pre-load collar to remove the slop that had worked its way back into the hub. I think this is the 3rd time I’ve done that with these wheels and I’m tempted to install a very thin washer between the pre-load collar and end cap as I’m not sure the four grub screws that secure the pre-load collar are getting the job done. We’ll see; fingers crossed that the noise will be gone and the grub screws will hold it all together without the kludgy washer installation.
Still no call back from our unmotivated seller… unbelievable. I’d be chomping at the bit if I had an interested buyer looking to buy something I had for sale and wanted gone.