First ride on the GB Cypress was fantastic. Okay, maybe it’s all in my head, but whenever I stopped pedaling it seemed as if my momentum lasted longer. The general ride feels a little “livelier.” Bumps felt a little squishier (is that a word?); as in not as harsh. I started with 60 psi, and I think I’ll increase to 65 psi just to see if I feel a difference (70 psi is the listed max). I didn’t end up commuting to work but having a lovely ride with my daughter in the afternoon. She’s home for the weekend; we’re celebrating after a long 4-1/2 years completing her double major in physics and math at UCSC. Usually when she’s home it’s sitting in the living room with papers full of equations spread all over. This time she brought her bike instead.
Received my Grand Bois Cypress tires in a very timely manner from Compass Bicycles yesterday. I installed them tonight and tomorrow I’m going to commute to work. I love how they look. To tell the truth, I thought they may look too skinny, but no, they look great. And I’m digging the tan sidewalls.
I posed a question on a randonneur forum whether it was worth it to switch from 38mm tires to 32’s. You can imagine the range of responses I might get. It’s just not a simple question. Besides the obvious difference of decreased tire contact the smaller you go, there’s weight, tread, and casing differences. I actually had a tire in mind; the Grand Bois Cypress.
My Sam Hillborne came with Continental TourRides; heavy and stiff, at 38mm (this is what is measures, I think the labeling lists the tire at 42). Everyone agreed, Grand Bois tires are quite magnificent, though some believe a little more flat prone than others. Some recommended staying with a 38mm for comfort, and a common tire of choice was the Pari-Moto. This tire also has a nice recommendation on Rivendell’s website. However, coming from 23cm on my Lemond (which I sold in Jan.), I felt like 32mm would still provide me with plenty of comfort. But, what turned the tide in favor of the Grand Bois was the description by fellow randonneur who said, “Going from heavy, 650 gram, super-thick, tough Conti TourRides to not-quite-paper-thin, super-supple, buttery-smooth 290 gram Grand Bois Cyprès tires will, indeed, give you a very different ride.” Yep, that’s what I’m hoping for. I ordered them yesterday from Compass Bicycles.
The Conti’s are great for commuting and mixed terrain. I have full confidence in them rolling over street debris and don’t think twice about riding off-road, like a fire trail. But, for lots of road riding, increased time in the saddle, and some events I want to participate in this summer, I just wanted the super supple, buttery-smooth ride.