As all cycle nerds know, getting good tyres saves you money in the long term. They last way longer and save you money from not having to fix loads of punctures.
And, as we’ll be riding in a group, when one person gets a puncture everyone needs to stop until its fixed.
On top of all that, good quality tyres with a low rolling resistance will help you cycle faster and further.
In short: get good tyres.
What MAKES a good tyre?
It boils down to two things:
- High puncture resistance
- Low rolling resistance
Don’t get distracted by how thick or thin your tyres are. Thick tyres can have great rolling resistance and be super comfortable. So can thin tyres.
You can look up your current tyre on Bicycle Rolling Resistance and easily compare its puncture resistance and rolling resistance with hundreds of others.
Here are a few top recommendations:
- Continental Grand Prix Urban
- Schwalbe Marathon Almotion (OneStar)
- Vittoria Voyager Hyper
- Continental Contact Urban
- Vittoria Rubino Pro III
- Continental Ultra Sport III
If you want some more reading on the topic, check out these comprehensive articles:
- What’s The Speed Difference Between Touring Tyres? (CyclingAbout.com)
- How Tire Rolling Resistance Affects Cycling Speed (RideFar.info)