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Clearance Is Granted – Bike Snob NYC


It’s been slightly over six months since I put collectively my Platypus:

The animal for which this bike is known as seems to be like God put it collectively utilizing a bunch of spare elements, and in that spirit I too used as lots of my very own spare elements as I moderately may. For probably the most half, I’ve been fairly happy, although not too long ago I’ve begun to confess to myself the bike may use a bit extra tire quantity. I’d been utilizing the Bruce Gordon Rock n’ Highway tires since I already had them and their all-around nature appeared to go well with the bike. Nevertheless, they’re simply slim sufficient that you simply’ve obtained to be extra-attentive on trails to keep away from roots and rocks and different issues that may trigger pinch flats, and what the hell’s the purpose of driving a luxurious bike like this in case you’ve obtained to be attentive? (And don’t inform me to go tubeless. Tubeless is nice, my mountain bikes are arrange that means, however I’m not going tubeless on a Platypus, I’m simply not.) Additionally, I figured I may use a couple of further millimeters of pedal clearance after my hair-raising flip-flop incident.

Rock n’ Highway tires are ostensibly 43mm extensive, which is about 1.7 American Freedom Size Items (AFLUs). In the meantime, Rivendell says the Platypus will settle for tires as much as 2.2 AFLUs, which meant I used to be grossly underutilizing its capaciousness. (That’s pretentious for “capability.”) Because it occurs, some years again I purchased a number of 29-inch mountain bike tires as a result of an internet retailer was promoting them for like $4 apiece (I don’t care how you are feeling about on-line retailers, whenever you see brand-name tires on sale for $4 every you purchase them), and I nonetheless had an unused pair. So, within the spirit of utilizing stuff I have already got, I put them on the ‘Pus:

I preferred them immediately. For one factor, the paths are carpeted with leaves at the moment of yr, and so they’re voluminous sufficient that I don’t have to fret an excessive amount of about what is perhaps lurking beneath them ready to destroy my interior tube:

Not all path hazards are as apparent as this one:

The additionally made the bike usually smoother, grippier, and extra sure-footed on filth, as you’ll anticipate a bigger, knobbier tire, which complemented the general nature of the bike. And whereas it shouldn’t matter, the truth that they crammed out the body slightly extra made the bike look higher, a minimum of to me:

Plus, there’s one thing about mountain bike tires on silver rims that appeals to my classical sensibilities:

I ought to add that I’d by no means deployed this pair of tires for the reason that different set I’d tried turned out to be poorly suited to mountain biking round these elements. The middle part is particularly vulnerable to slippage whenever you’re making an attempt to scurry up some incline on a singlespeed, and if it’s moist neglect about it:

Nevertheless, for the Platypus, which is able to see solely the mildest kind of off-roading, they’re an excellent match. My solely criticism was that they had been slightly sluggish on pavement. I suppose the right spare-no-expense selection for this bike could be one thing like this from designer tire pusher Jan Heine:

Not solely is it alleged to roll properly on pavement, nevertheless it’s additionally noise-cancelling!

The Fleecer Ridge grips like a knobby when situations get robust. On pavement, it rolls like a slick tire because of its giant and strategically positioned knobs that don’t squirm and at all times put the identical quantity of rubber on the street. The Fleecer Ridge is the world’s first bicycle tire with noise cancellation: The staggered tread blocks create overlapping noise frequencies that partially cancel one another. This function is so revolutionary that we’ve patented it. Due to the superior supplies utilized in its development, the Fleecer Ridge is without doubt one of the lightest tires in its class.

I resent Jan Heine as a result of I don’t need to be the kind of one that buys patented noise-cancelling tires, however I resent myself extra as a result of clearly I’ve changed into precisely the kind of one that buys patented noise-cancelling tires.

However sufficient about all that, I do know you’re right here for one factor and one factor solely, and that’s filthy tire clearance porn. These tires are nominally 2.1s (I think they’re narrower than that) and as you’ll be able to see there’s loads of room left on the fork crown:

Similar goes for the chainstays:

And the seatstays:

The truth is I don’t suppose you’d have any drawback getting a set of fenders in there, apart from the truth that it’s morally unsuitable to make use of fenders with mountain bike tires.

Certainly, the one factor even approaching a problem was that the tires jacked the bike up simply sufficient that it leaned over slightly too far after I deployed the kickstand. Fortuitously, the kickstand on my different Rivendell (I by no means thought I’d be typing the phrases “my different Rivendell,” I’ve really arrived) has at all times been only a tiny bit too lengthy, however not fairly lengthy sufficient for me to undergo the difficulty of slicing it. So I switched them, and now they’re each excellent:

Anyway, all of this proves the previous adage I simply made up:

“In case you have the clearance, then use it.”

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