A few notes on prepping for dirt road cycling:
1) always check bolts for tightness and proper torque settings. Rough roads can make just about anything come loose. This is also a good reason to test your racing bike on the dirt road at race speeds to identify potential issues that may arise before race day.
2) Tire selection and pressure are keys to maximizing grip, comfort and minimizing flats.
- Tubeless is best because of advantage of sealant that can stop a small leak. It saved me last year!
- Tubular is solid because of minimal danger of pinch flats
- Clinchers are last resort and use 25c sized tires if your bike can handle with latex tubes. Latex is more supple and not as prone to pinch flatting.
Tire pressure is dependent on the kind of tires you use. If tubeless take about 10-20psi less than standard clincher settings which are as follows:
140 and under = 85/90psi
140-165 = 90/100psi
165 and up 110psi
Mor tips next week.