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Whoever they are, they are correct. I am not usually perceptive as to which of this or that is better think eye doctor, Is this lens better...or is this one... Always a tough call for me. I have been using Continental Gatorskins for a long time. A few months ago, I read that the 4000's are faster so I decided to try them. Last week I changed both tires and as soon as I rode on them for the first time, I thought these tires even feel better riding.
Pause for a second for background I am 76 years old and I started riding when I was 70 so I have been riding about 5 years. I started too late to ever be as fast as I want, however, I guess that would be true of most any avid rider, right? Anyway, my first couple of years I was averaging 15.3 mph, then as I aged my average speed went down. In 2010, I went on a Grand Adventure and rode at least 100 miles in all 50 states and my speed dropped to an average of 14.3 (state-to-state by motorhome) probably because of riding a lot in the mountains and on new and strange roads.
For the next couple of years my average dropped even lower and last year I averaged only 13.9. Bear in mind this average takes into account every mile I ride, on my trainer, on high wind days, cold winter days, or whatever. Try it for yourself, keep track of every mile you ride and average them all for the year and you'd be surprised how much lower your average speed is compared to the occasional ride you base your average on when you are talking to friends about your speed.
Anyway this year I decided to work on bringing my speed up. At the end of June I was averaging 13.7 mph for 1,260 miles of riding! Ugh! I set a goal to bring it up to 14.0 and did in about 20 days (I ride 4 days a week.) New goal 14.2 by end of August. I will be there by the middle of August.
First, by setting goals, I was able to start riding at 14.8-15.2. Then last week, I started riding on the 4000's and my speed went up immediately to the 15.8-16.2 range. I raised my average speed by at least 1/2 mph and as much as a full mph faster. That is phenomenal. Oh, yeah, I love these tires.
Last year I moved from central Texas, north of Austin(hilly and windy) to Monroe, Ohio, north of Cincinnati (hilly but less wind).
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