Schwalbe tires are great

I love Schwalbe tires. I’ve used their Marathon slicks, my touring bike has their Marathons on it, and I just put a pair of Schwalbe Stelvios on my fixed gear.

The Stelvios feel great, are light, are pretty easy to install, and can be inflated to 145 lbs./sq. in. After a more reasonable time span, I’ll let you know how susceptible to flats they are. (They’re not supposed to be flat-resistant). Schwalbe isn’t well known here. I first encountered them on my bike ride across Spain. Every tourer seemed to have them on their bike. I had been a Michelin user, but since they’re not my company’s client any more, I’ve moved on. The Pro Races I had on my Pegoretti were flat magnets.

Schwalbe Tires are not widely distributed; I got mine from a slightly eccentric, but excellent bike shop in New Hampshire.  Peter White Cycles. Fast, friendly service, as they say in some ads…


It was Super Old Skool Saturday on the TDH. One of my regular tires, a Schwalbe Marathon Slick, sprang a leak Friday night, and was flat Saturday morning. These tires are normally bullet proof, but something slashed the sidewall.

So I put on my 30 year old Campagnolo Record Low Flange Hubbed, Mavic Monthlery rimmed, tubular tire equipped speed demon of yore wheels. Back then, clinchers were heavy and you couldn’t put a lot of pressure into them. (No more, of course).

These were state of the art back in the day, and professional bike racers (ooh!) still use that kind of tire. They’re very high pressure (max 170 lbs/!) but not fixable on the road if you get a flat. So you’re supposed to carry a spare tire (note: not a tube or patch kit) with you. I didn’t, which meant that if I got a flat, I’d be walking home.

All worked out great. (And I remembered why I liked riding on tubulars so much).

All I needed to be period-correct were a pair of crochet back gloves. (Which I’ve found online and which will be arriving this week).

Father’s Day Fun

Had a nice spin along the TDH for Father’s Day. Even though I went through downtown around 11:00 am, people were already gathering for today’s Tigers v Dodgers game. (I have no clue how they’re going to spend the two hours waiting). Took some new photos: Bunchys Chicken Biscuit (sic), Snyder Wholesale, and Zaccaro’s, a new Fine Food Emporium across the street from Atlas. Unfortunately, I cannot figure out how to transmit the photos from Spencer’s phone onto my laptop. I think I need “administrative” privileges, which my company will not give me. Noticed a gash in my tire, too.

The World’s Biggest Pothole (#2- see map) is still there, even though there appears to have been some major street repair in its vicinity.

The end for now.

Update: Got the pictures of Snyder Wholesale and Zaccaro’s. Les voila:

Here’s the storefront shot of Zaccaro’s sign: