Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Want it Wednesday: Mud Tires

I'm shredding
Shredding every puddle
Trying to shove the pigment of dirt
Into my skin

'Cause different
Doesn't feel so different
And blowing out is better
Than always sitting in

Let the rain fall down
And wake my dreams
Let it wash away
My sanity
'Cause I wanna feel the thunder
I wanna scream
Let the rain fall down
I'm coming clean, I'm coming clean

Today's "Want it Wednesday" is more of an "ordered it yesterday".  No super exciting fantasy blingy-ness, but not a minor purchase either.  I just ordered another pair of the same wheels I used for cyclocross last year (Velocity Major Tom rims with Ultegra hubs) and a pair of Challenge Limus tires to go on them.

I really feel like the switch to tubulars last season was a huge help for me.  My handling skills were better than the average Cat 4 before, and the tires only helped the matter.  As you probably know, I'm pretty confident about my chances on a muddy day, and my single outright win of the season came on the stickiest, sloppiest day of the year.

However, the thing that surprised me was that once my victory was done and the cheap pink bubble wine was consumed, I had to pit for Adam during the last race of the day, and he ended up only using his B bike for about half a lap.  When I asked him about it afterward, he complained of how terrible riding the Griffos on his B bike were in those conditions and how he couldn't wait to get back on his mud tires.  It was a little funny to me, but until he made than comment, I thought that the Griffos that I had been riding for every second of every race the whole season were awesome in those in those conditions.  It made me wonder what I'd been missing.

So this year the Griffos will be back for dry conditions, but I'll be rocking the Limuses in the mud.  We'll see if they make me pray for rain even more than I have in the past.