you know how we get some times.
I read a sales pitch for the new Schwalbe Big Ben tires on the Rivendell website and recognized that they might be just the tire for an upcoming trip. I happened to Google them and found they not only come in 3 sizes for 700c, they come in 4 colors as well. Now I have always thought that it was a bit over the top, or just plain silly to fret over the color of tires. They are going to get dirty and worn out faster than anything on the bike (I say that with a straight face although I am careful to buy gumwall tires for the Hillborne). I guess those were the old days, and now that Schwalbe is making this tire in graphite grey I will have to be classified as superficial and silly.
It really looks nice with the grey of my Hunqapillar.
The tires, (I supposed the other colors are built like this) are like a Big Apple with a more pronounced tread. They come in 55, 50 and 40 mm widths. The different colors, tan, cream and graphite grey are only available in 50 and 40mm sizes. There is also a selection of 26"and one 650b, but that's just too complicated for words, go here. I bought the 50mm for the Hunq and it is just what I was looking for in an all purpose tire for this devil. It actually measures 46mm wide on a 27mm Rhyno Lite rim. That is just the footprint I want for all around everyday riding on any surface except loose sand or mud.
In his sales pitch, Grant Peterson referred to them as the "perfect tire." I don't know what perfect is, but these are really impressive. Not only do they have a very useful and over designed tread, they have a reflective strip as well as a sidewall tread for a dynamo. These feel like great tires, they are very fast on pavement and large and durable enough to attack curbs or potholes with nary a thought.
I expect to use the Marathon Dureme for dedicated pavement touring and leave these on for anything else during the season. If I like them as well as I expect, I may get the smaller size for the Hillborne. But that does raise a question, cream or brown? They say the brown matches a honey colored B17, but the cream would compliment the fenders and trim so well.
You know, new shoes, decisions.