Tired of Tires and March Snow

After a brutal January, and little better February, March is finally here (and yes, I rode every day I wasn’t out of town).  We had a radically nice week pass, and we are now into some kind of crummy weather.  While I love my Nokian Mount & Ground Tyres, they are like towing an anchor.  I was anxious to take my studded tires off and with it half-way through March, I figured any snow flurry wouldn’t stick to the roads.

20120102 - Skyline Dr_003In my indolence, I neglected to purchase any new slicks over the winter.  I hate throwing things away so my old Conti SportContact slicks were still bummin’ around the garage.  Over course, I knew I needed new ones because this is what they were looking like.

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I slapped them on in hopes of them getting me on down the road while I ordered a new pair.  Of course, a shortcut across an open field (and full of goatheads) and some steel cords from tires on the side of the road left me burning through a couple of patch kits in a couple of days (I always patch if I can find the hole and have a bit of time, otherwise I end up with 30 tubes which need to be patched – well, I have about 30 tubes which need to be patched).

Luckily, my Panaracer Pasela’s (with tourguard) showed up yesterday.  At around $20/tire, I hope these get me around nice this summer.  1.25 inches looked a little bigger in my head somehow.  They’re a little skinnier than I would like, but should do.  And they certainly roll nice.

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And of course, it snowed this morning.  Luckily, my theory was correct on the snow not sticking to the ground and the Pasela’s got me to work no problem.

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