It’s August here in Margarettaville, hot, humid and daily showers. The long range weather forecast is about two hours and so the chances of getting caught out in the rain are high. These showers actually are refreshing but along with them come the thunder and lightning. It’s important to know where the closest cover is. The trails are flooded so The Dirt Alert message I receive (Tuesday evening off road ride) gets updated hourly forecasting whether or not the thing is cancelled. Road biking requires constant bike cleaning. I wipe down the drive chain almost daily. There’s this black sand that gets into everything. Stuffing the shoes with newspaper helps to quickly dry them out.
My riding style, edgy, does not allow for anything marginal on the bike. Tires or tyres, along with brakes, etc have to be properly inspected and maintained. I tend to be fussy about my #1 road bike. Every Monday I clean, inspect and lube everything. The people I ride with deserve the effort I apply to safety. They do the same by the way. Recently I damaged the sidewall on the rear and upon inspection noticed the wear dimples on the front were close to invisible and so new tires it is.
The Continental Grand Prix 4000 has been my go to tire since forever. Good specs. all around. Everything measurable including the price make me happy. “Okay…..So What!” I’ll tell ya so what. I go out and shop real hard for a pair of 4000 x 23, about $34 a pop, a little more than the $28 a pop I gottem for right around Christmas. How I figger it is the $28 guy sold his quick and now it’s the $34 guy gets to unload his inventory. Anyway what happen was they sent me a pair of 5000 x 25 instead. Upgrade? Mistake? Maybe. Or maybe the 5000 ain’t moving because of the price. The cheapest I’ve seen them is still north of $50 / tire or tyre. 25 vs 23 is not a big deal, to me.
I’m not a slave to the latest and greatest anything. I still ride a 10 speed with no electronic shifting, no disc brakes (both the mtb and gravel bike have disc and I like that), not sure about / ready for / tubeless, no power meter heck I don’t even have Alexi listening in on me and I don’t yet drive an EV but I do ride a nice carbon road bike, a lot, and so let’s give the Conti 5000 a whirl.
Continental might be over selling things a bit, less rolling resistance, lighter, better puncture resistance, longer life, well……click here for all the details. To this point all I’ve done is to mount them up. Continental’s claim that this would be more manageable is actually true, for me. Your results may differ and I’m not judging you nor am I taking any “better at it than you high ground”. No need for that. Tires (tyres) vary in my experience as do hoops. I was able to mount these new tires up without the use of levers. Can’t ask for easier than that, for me. Continental says that the minimum pressure for these tyres is 6.5 Bar / 95 PSI. I’m gonna run them at 80 PSI on my plus size rims to begin with. At 80 PSI they measure right around 28mm. My plus size rims measure 25mm inside and 27mm outside. This allows for a bit more volume. I’ve been running 80 psi for about a year and I like the feel. I’ve not noticed any difference in performance. We shall see.
As I get some miles on them I’ll follow up. Please don’t ask me where I got them for the price of the 4000. Some poor bloke or Sheila may lose their position.
Funny thing about bike care and maintenance. Other than the occasional hosing off, my mtb and my gravel bike receive a lot less care. While I do check tire pressure before each ride, these machines are much more robust and just don’t need to be spiffy all the time. They both take a beating on a regular basis yet cry out for nothing. I’m not saying they’re Armageddon proof but in the event of one I’ll be on my mtb.
Thanks for reading this . Ride Safe, Do The Work, No Whining.