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Anyone remember the Winter of 2008 up in the Northwest?
This San Diego guy will never forget it.
(Though Arctic Blast was a bit added drama from the Portland weather stations.)
On my move to Vancouver, WA, my car gave out and I was left alone with my tour bike to face their worst Winter in 40 years. I bought these tires (700X32's) upon arrival in August and commuted almost exclusively by bike through the rain, wind, ice, and snow until the following Summer when I finally had a car again.
Pushing anywhere from 13-50 miles a day, these tires man-handled the nasty roads of Vancouver, carrying me, my daily things, and often a respectable load of groceries. They never whined, whimpered, or complained, and even after a couple years had gone by, they were cracking their knuckles and ready for more.
I couldn't have chosen a better tire at such a great price to face that time of my life.
Are they ugly? Yes.
Are they heavy? Absolutely.
Are they sexy in anyway? Not so. They don't wear V-necks and know nothing of manscaping.
They look like something the local mechanic would throw on your bike to get you by.
Indeed, though not elegant or sexy, they are seriously tough, burly, blue collar, they take their coffee black, and they get the job done. As soon as you pick one up you wonder, What sort of barbaric weapon could penetrate this?
I will say that I did get one flat, and I do me ONLY one. However, when I looked at what I ran over over (a long skinny spear of glass at just the wrong angle), it reminded me of when one of the soldiers in The Two Towers managed to somehow stick an arrow past the armor of the Orcs before the battle of Helm's Deep...or so a geeky friend of mine who watches that stuff has told me.
But don't get me wrong, for heavy brute touringcommuter tires, they move nicely and provide a smooth ride.
Anyway, after many more miles with other higher-end diva tires, including a bike tour down the coast (4 flats total), I just now bought myself a new pair of these and am looking forward to once again forgetting how to fix a flat.
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