These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women…
Rumors have reached my mountain-biking-riding ears that tires known as “slicks” will shave minutes off of a ride. This strikes me as distinctly weird, coming from my running background; it’s like saying that you could drop to a 6 minute mile from a 7 minute mile by changing your shoes. But people swear up and down that slicks do make for a totally different ride, and that they’re well worth investing in for a road-only rider such as myself. I’ve heard mountain bike tires described as Hummers of the biking world (following the analogy suggests that treadless road bike tires would thus be a Porche).
I bought some. They cost $24.50 each and I barely recognized my bike with these narrower, smooth strangers rolling along. Then I rode to the train station this morning and it was a whole new biking experience. The tires passed road bumps along more strongly than my previous tires, but my word, what a difference in riding! I found myself skimming down hills with no particular work, and if toiling up hills didn’t feel much different, the flatter stretches treated me like a queen with these tires. I found myself maintaining a 16 or 17 mph pace on flats and easily topping 20 mph on downhills, where before such speeds involved extreme pedalling.
I’m a believer. And I didn’t even have to get a new bike. So if you ride a lot on roads using mountain bike tires, consider investing in some slicks. It’s a world of difference.