SF Cyclotouring

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Petaluma Deli Ride

Distance: 102 miles
Bike: Kogswell 59x700C P/R
Time: 8:30am to 5pm (8.5hrs)

Rode with Greg and Robbins, took the Kogswell with a new set of 700x32 Pasela TG tires (BDBikes only has TG Paselas, unfortunately) -- these definitely helped the bike's cornering grip as compared to the old-style 700x35 Paselas with the crap tread, but nowhere near as good grip or plushness compared to the new-style 700x35 Paselas. Oh well. Bike still somewhat able to ride no-handed with great effort, but does still speed-wobble if I plant my butt firmly on saddle. Wobble goes away if I unweight saddle slightly. Need to adjust saddle back ~3mm and angle nose down slightly. Food consumed on ride: 1 bottle Gatoraide, 1 bottle water, 2 pop tarts, 1 Tagliaferri's chicken-parmesan sandwich (quite good), 1 bag potato chips, 1 large Starbucks mocha frappuccino bottled beverage.


Blogger Joe said...

How can you differentiate the old and new paselas?

Are the TG really that bad?


4:38 AM  
Blogger Jim G said...

The old Paselas have a raised center tread and are not really as wide as labeled (e.g., 700x35 is really 30mm wide, 700x32 is 28mm wide, 700x28 are 25mm wide, etc.), while the new version has a much rounder profile, and the tires' actual widths match the label. The sidewall labels are also different.

The TG version isn't "bad" per se, but the non TG version seems to feel a bit more supple.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Marco Velo said...

I liked the ride of both the new and the old versions of the 700x32 Pasela TG and the raised portion of the tread didn't in the older version bother me at all. In fact this tire seem very lively and faster. I rebuilt a vintage Lazzaretti bike and rode this in SF recently with the old version Paselas. They were aboslute ly awesome and felt like they just wanted to keep going.

It's nice that the new versions have a width that matches the actual size more.

Hey Jim are you riding the 200k Brevet? I'm very inspired to try this, need to get a couple of longer trianing rides in, first.


6:05 PM  
Blogger Jim G said...

Yep, I'm signed up for the SFR 200k on Jan 24th...

9:13 PM  
Blogger jobob said...

Lee & I were driving on Bridgeway in Sausalito Saturday afternoon and we saw you guys near Bicycle Odyssey‚Äé. I almost called out "yo Jim G" but decided that would be kind of silly, so I didn't.

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't happen to have a route sheet for the ride do you? The road you are on looks amazing and I've only been to Petaluma as a kid to visit grandparents, so I can't pinpoint it.

8:11 AM  

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