How To Read Bike Tire Sizes

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  • (Tire sizing) Plus sizing is the practice of changing a specific tire to a larger size while compensating with reductions in other aspects of the tire's size so that the new tire has the same diameter and circumference as the original tire to prevent any changes in speedometer accuracy, torque
  • (Tire size) Information displayed on the sidewall of a tire that includes its prefix and information about its dimensions, load capacity and speed rating.
  • (Tire size) Tire code or Tyre code - Automobile tires are described by an alphanumeric code, which is generally molded into the sidewall of the tire. This code specifies the dimensions of the tire, and some of its key limitations, such as load-bearing ability, and maximum speed.
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Here at the high point on this scenic drive I was surprised to see the sign that read elevation 4770'. Some cyclists came by and said the low point on the scenic drive was 2000' lower. I find that hard to believe. It sure didn't seem like that much climbing, and the scenic drive was only 13 miles. I'm sure I would have noticed a climb or descent of 2000' in 6 or 7 miles. This photo appeared in the following ideotrope albums: Biking the Mojave Fall 2007 - Introduction I biked through Death Valley in October 1996. It was 109°F at Furnace Creek. The area is beautiful, but it was way too hot at that time of year. I knew I wanted to come back on my bicycle when it was cooler. This year it worked out to take about 3 weeks after Thanksgiving. I ended up spending 18 days to cycle from Palm Springs to Las Vegas. I spent about half of that time in Death Valley NP. In Baker I met a group of cyclists on racing bikes with a support vehicle. They were cycling from Palm Springs to Las Vegas in 2 days. I saw a lot more desert than they did. Coachella Valley and Joshua Tree National Park I crossed the Coachella Valley on Ramon Rd. It was over 70°F, probably the warmest day of the trip. It wasn't 'til I turned onto Thousand Palms Rd. that I felt like I was heading out into the desert on my own. The San Andreas Fault system runs along the northern end of the Coachella Valley. The faults allow groundwater to rise to the surface resulting in a number of California fan palm oases. It's wonderful to see oases in the desert. It was a 1300m climb on Berdoo Canyon Rd. to the Coachella Valley-Pleasant Valley saddle in Joshua Tree NP. I didn't see a single person or vehicle in Berdoo Canyon. Climbing out of Pleasant Valley I saw the first person, a fellow adventurer. Patrick was walking solo across Joshua Tree NP from west to east. That's a heck of a trek. That park is huge and has only one known spring. Patrick had set up two water caches before his trip. Amboy Road and Mojave National Preserve I bought enough food in 29 Palms to last 4 days to Baker. Heading east on the Amboy Rd. I met the only other touring cyclist of the trip. He had come down from Bishop through Death Valley NP, Baker, Kelso, Amboy - much the same route I was planning to take. When I met him, he had run out of food. I shared some almonds with him but didn't have much sympathy with his plight. The reason he didn't buy food in Baker was because there wasn't a health food store! Well, I told him there was a grocery store in 29 Palms, but it might not be up to his standard. One of the things I was looking forward to on this trip was experiencing the transition zone between the Sonoran Desert (lower, farther south) and the Mojave Desert (higher, farther north). Creosote bushes grow in both, but most other flora is limited to one ecosystem or the other. In the transition zones you can see a mix of vegetation. What I saw ended up being less dramatic than Washington County, Utah where the Colorado Plateau, the Basin and Range country, and the Mojave Desert all come together. Joshua Trees were the main ecosystem indicator for me. I knew I was climbing high when I started to see them. I was surprised how much traffic there was on the Amboy Rd. It wasn't much, but a lot of the paved roads that I was on during the trip would have one car every 10-30 minutes and perhaps none all night. The only truly busy roads were the road north out of Baker (on a Saturday morning) and the Pahrump-Las Vegas superhighway which has a wonderful bicycle lane. I climbed Sheep Hole Pass to get into the Amboy Valley. It was in the Amboy Valley where I became accustomed two aspects important to cyclists in the Mojave: Distances are deceiving. You can see really far. It takes much longer to cross these valleys that it appears that it would. The slight inclines up alluvial fans or other fill climb a lot more than they appear to. In Colorado I'm not accustomed to seeing the whole climb since there are usually canyon climbs here. Leaving Amboy, for example, I climbed over 3000 ft. on a slowly rising alluvial plane. It took hours. I enjoyed time off the bike to walk out to and up Amboy Crater. The following day I climbed to the top of the Kelso Dunes. And one day later I climbed one of the cinder cones east of Baker. I enjoyed having a diversion each day. Each of those areas is beautiful in its own way. The creosote bushes in the Amboy Valley are particularly green because of the shallow water table. Kelso Dunes are simply fantastic, and the cinder cone area with over 30 cinder cones and not another person felt like another planet. In Baker I bought enough food to last 10 days and ate at the Mad Greek at my brother's recommendation. I had taken a rest day the previous day because of rain, and Baker was a bit flooded. Folks were out pushing water around with brooms. At the store the locals were telling
Here you can see the size difference between my bike and scooter. I forgot to put a shoe on there but rest assured both feet can stand side by side as well as stagger stepped. People even ride them with their kids standing at the front part of the deck and hanging onto the lead tube. So how does this thing compare to other forms of travel? Dunno, that would require documenting shit. Okay I do have some numbers to compare. I had read on the internet that people were going about jog pace on their scooters with little exertion. I would say the effort is not that much with some exceptions. The thin tires eat into grass and rolling pretty much comes to halt. Something to keep in mind when ripping down the sidewalk and deciding to take a detour. Bricks, tile aren't so good with all their cracks and seams. Carpet is also a major energy sucker when the janitors and security staff are yelling at you. Aside from the grass it's still beneficial to scoot than walk. Surprisingly super smooth concrete in the tunnels at work aren't as fast as concrete and asphalt! I don't know what it is but the texture of the road allows the scooter to roll along while the smooth surfaces seem to stick to the tires. I saw travel times posted by owners that were half and sometimes two thirds less than walking. Again, that depends. I rode it to a dinner party from the office to a nearby apartment complex. It took 12 minutes with 2/3 the way coasting due to slight to medium downhill portions. According to various inhabitants it takes about half an hour when walking. Checking google maps the distance shows as 1.4 miles or 2.3km. I walk about a km every 10 minutes so I estimate this distance would take about 23-25 minutes. So in this case it took me about half the time with a little bit of kicking 1/3 the way in the flats. On the way back up the hill was a different story and it was pretty tiring. I was full of food and booze so I neglected to time it. Another test - I don't have cable so I like to walk over to the Fred Meyer every couple of weeks and rent a DVD out of the Redbox (Automated movie dispenser for a buck a day). It takes 18-20 minutes each way as it is down hill there and uphill back. How'd the scooter do? 8 minutes down the hill and 12 minutes up the hill although I walked some of the steeper parts. The main grocery store that I go to is 1 km away. My path either forms zigzag or big L with the start leg being down hill and the rest fairly level. Going there is a lot of fun as I come down the hill (of course wait for traffic light) cut through this drive through bank area which is like a big race track and then bound out into a lower parking lot. By taking a diagonal I can coast 3/4 of the way. I didn't time it but the walking experience takes 10 minutes. I figure again it's south of the half mark and a lot of fun -yeah I said it twice! I limit my food haul to as much as I can fit in a hand basket (including heaping) as it seems to fit my backpack well. The ride back wasn't too bad aside from the uphill. It gets steep enough that I think it's faster to walk. Lots more tests to do including at the office. So far I'm just ripping through the parking lots and will have to see the improvement on my 15 minute walk.

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