Re: [CR] Wider tires faster?; Was: Tire sizing - then & now

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Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 13:13:46 -0500
From: "John Betmanis" <>
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Subject: Re: [CR] Wider tires faster?; Was: Tire sizing - then & now

Jan Heine wrote:
> Basically, tire construction trumps width. So the tires on your
> Hercules may well have been slower than those on your Butler, but not
> because they were wider.
> You can also listen to Georgena Terry's podcast, where she interviewed
> me on this subject. Click here

Very interesting interview! It's beginning to make more sense to me now. I remember back in the 1950s, before radial tires were universal on cars. Not only did radials give better fuel economy, they rode better and cornered faster. This was difficult to comprehend because they looked "softer" and appeared "flat" to people unfamiliar with the type. Of course, it was the supple radial sidewall that made them more efficient. -- John Betmanis Woodstock, Ontario Canada