When taking my bike to get its heart transplant the other day, I stopped to get a new tyre put on the back. The old one was toast.
I had every intention of replacing the 180 with another, until I spied a 190 on the tyre rack while I was waiting. My mind started racing. The 190 looked
6" wider than the 180 and I thought to myself, "That would look sooooo cool on the back of my girl!"
It was around AUD$15 (US$13) more expensive than the 180.
So, I approached the guy who looked to be in charge of the workshop and asked him about the different width and how it would affect the ride. He told me that, essentially, the only thing that would change would be the rate at which the bike leaned; the bike being more docile when hooking into a corner. All other aspects of riding would remain pretty much the same.
I thought about it for a good ten minutes. I knew I'd have a hard time justifying the extra cost to Mrs Tree. I was in lust with the look of the 190, but also love my balls! Eventually, I decided to stick with the 180.
It wasn't the cost or love of my balls that was the deciding factor. Instead, I figured that, since I'm still learning to ride this monster (remember, she's 220lbs heavier than the 250) and have yet to really start trying to throw her around, the tyre that allowed the bike to turn easier would be the better option. I figure that, by the time I wear this one out, I should have a good enough grasp of the new bike to "fiddle" with it.
So, what do you reckon? Did I make the right choice? What is everyone else running? I'm not concerned with brands, just size and why you run it.