I've been a bicycle commuter in the Upstate for 3 years this February, and the conditions I ride on a daily basis are pretty rough. Debris-covered roads and shoulders. Rough pavement conditions. There's been a few too many times I've reached for my bike for my morning commute only to find a flat tire, and have had to change plans at the last minute.
A few years ago I came across the hard-case tires upon recommendation from a local bike shop manager. I gave it a try, and there was no looking back. Over the last several months I decided that I wanted an upgrade so that both wheels would be rolling with hard cases. So, when Santa asked with this girl wanted for Christmas, I requested a bike tire. Not too sexy...unless you get excited about the idea of fixing a flat less often - like I do.
Christmas morning I spied a circular-hoop-like object under the tree, and squealed with delight when I opened the Bontrager AW3 Hard-Case tire. With the promise of a sleeker, sturdier and more-responsive-in-rain tire, I was ready to give this thing a try.
|Bontrager Hard-Case vs my previous bike tire.|
Notice there's less knobbiness, but still tread on the
hard case. Can't wait to get rolling!
|Bike-Tire Air-Pumping Action Shot.|
|This way for a smoother ride.|
Once the weather clears up, I'm excited to have the rubber meet the road and give this new wheel a spin. I'm interested to see if I'll notice a difference riding with a less knobby tire. I'm hoping that there will be fewer flats, too. (Fingers, crossed, right?)
Did any of you ask and receive any bicycle-related gifts for Christmas or the holidays? Or did you give any to your friends or family? I would be interested to hear. Please share!