Re: [CR]Grand Bois traditional looking clinchers for your Vintage

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Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2008 15:20:02 -0800
To: "Tom Sanders" <>, <>
From: "Jan Heine" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Grand Bois traditional looking clinchers for your Vintage

At 3:21 PM -0400 3/30/08, Tom Sanders wrote:
>I like the looks of these tires, but have heard cautionary tales of their
>fragility. Can anyone with actual riding experience on them comment?
>Tom Sanders Lansing, Michigan USA

I have been riding these tires almost exclusively for more than a year. In Paris-Brest-Paris, I used well-worn tires (which have a thinner tread and are significantly faster), and I had 3 flats over 765 miles of riding in constant rain.

Melinda Lyon used unworn Grand Bois tires, and had one flat.

The Grand Bois tires are not as flat-proof as some other tires, but I think they compare well to other high-performance tires. You gain a lot in speed and comfort, but you lose a bit in puncture-resistance. In a long event, you'll still be faster, even if you have to fix a few flats (I estimate that the worn tires saved me 1 hour in PBP, and fixing a flat takes 5 minutes at most.)

If you tend to have a lot of flats - say, you live in goathead country, or you just have bad luck - I would not recommend these tires. Otherwise, give them a try. I know quite a few people in Seattle who commute on them, and are very happy.

Disclaimer: Vintage Bicycle Press is the North American distributor of Grand Bois tires.

Jan Heine
Bicycle Quarterly
Vintage Bicycle Press
Seattle, WA