The weather has become nice enough now that I don't need old tires, suitable for the trainer, on my bike any more this year (Yea California!) I am ready for the outside world.
To that end I mounted a set of Continental Grand Prix 5000 tires with Victoria latex tubes on my Williams wheels.
Rumor has it that these are nice rolling tires. I have also read that latex tubes are more supple as well as lightweight. Much to my surprise, the rumors seem to be true. Whether it's the Grand Prix's or the latex tubes I don't know, and I'm not about to take it all apart to test it.But the ride seems much smoother and more free of vibration.
Sure, it could easily be the placebo effect. After all, who wants to spend money only to discover that it doesn't made a darn bit of difference. So I could just be convincing myself that the ride is smoother. But I don't think so. Then again, that's how these mind games work, right?
So, whether it's me faking myself out, or the tube/tire combination actually smoothing the road vibration, I'm feeling it. I could really tell on a recent downhill stretch of not-great roadway that my bike was rolling a lot more smoothly. Priceless.