Cheap vs Expensive Tires + Weight Loss Stories

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Spending more money on something that is less reliable and likely to not last as long as its cheaper alternative … only in cycling right.

I’ll be honest, for much of the last 3-4 years I’ve only wanted to run the best tires (ie. the fast ones that don’t last very long), and it’s only in the last 12 months when I’ve started riding more on my own that I’ve moved towards the more rugged variety.

So with a bit of experience of both types of tires, I thought you guys might get some value out of comparing the rubber. As you can tell, things didn’t go perfectly to plan (when do they on this channel), but hopefully just like the masters video we can have a good chat about it.

It was also great to chat to Cam about his weight loss experience, I have refrained from being specific about things like the exact calorie deficit he was running, however he may comment below if he feels comfortable sharing that with you guys.

Apologies for the audio during the interview … DAMN AUDIO!!

 

READER COMMENTS
  • CHIPPER TECH
    1 year önce

    Should give the Vredestein fortezza tyres a go. All the guys in our shop swear by them. They are nice rolling endurance tyres that you can still race. Worth a look if you want to do another tyre review. Anyway keep up the good work

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  • Dan Van Der Laan
    1 year önce

    Run a bigger saddle bag you can then have 3 tubes and 3 canisters then you will definitely get home 🙂

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  • kris zentek
    1 year önce

    The 1% argument is something I believe in. In fact I take it a step further. I very rarely (if ever) train on my race bike. A very small part of this is because my ocd demands it’s in immaculate, pristine and perfectly tuned form for the race. The main reason being that I prefer to train on heavier bikes to get the most out of it. There is no better feeling than jumping on the prize whip and instantly feeling faster. The winters here can be brutal also, and chainy etiquette dictates that winters bikes with full guards are a must. You can get away with ultegra yes, but 105 shows you mean business. We have a special term for anyone rocking up on a bike with dura ace between November and February 😉

    Regarding training…I prefer to train alone. I like to just zone out, and humans are a distraction 🙂 I do a Sunday chainy mostly with the guys I race against to keep my sharpness and as a comparison. There’s nothing better than putting your main adversaries in a box in the winter months. Even better when you’re the one that ends up in the box! It’s the best motivator.

    Tyres…we get tyres from our sponsor Specialized. I use the sworks turbo pro’s all year round and love them. I think they are the perfect compromise of performance and reliability. I’ve tried the cottons, but they are just too fragile for our roads.

    Keep up the great vlogs. Every episode is an evolution of the previous, and I don’t know how you keep the momentum up! Agree that your hard work on these put other channels to shame, and the big numbers will surely come soon…

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  • Mark T
    1 year önce

    As a light rider, I weigh 58 kilos and enjoy climbing I believe I can feel the difference with as little as just 20 grams increase in tyre weight, I believe the calculation for rotational mass is approx any decrease of rotational weight is equal to 3 times the weight anywhere else on the bike, therefore reducing 100 grams of rotating mass is the same as reducing 300 grams from the frame or static components.
    I wonder if I can feel this weight difference more so being a light rider, either way I agree with your theory of holding something back for race day, or even if you don’t race, it’s nice to have bolt on improvements for cycling holidays, trips to the mountains etc.
    One thing no one seems to mention with cheap vs expensive tyres is comfort, did you notice any improvement in comfort with the light weight tyres?
    Great channel by the way and the XR4 is gorgeous 👌

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  • Sarah Loomes
    1 year önce

    Great to see some female riders! Enjoyed the weight loss discussion, so true though – gosh you need to be fit and healthy just to keep up with these kiddos!

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  • Luke R
    1 year önce

    Great vlog!

    Congrats to old mate on the weight loss. It is an ongoing battle and good on him.

    Chris, despite your reluctance to give dietary advice, I would be interested to see the sorts of food you eat both on and off the bike, but also what snacks you eat during the day. I can eat main meals well but struggle with snacks.

    Not so much as "dietary advice" but as "this is what I eat. It might be of interest to you"

    Anyway mate, thanks for the vlog… love it 🙂

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  • Cycling Addict
    1 year önce

    easy.
    Episode 82 | TRAINING CAM AND SONY ACTION CAM DEMO
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtjtWmHdZC8&ab_channel=ChrisMillerCycling at 1:07

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  • john citizen
    1 year önce

    Shame you didn’t pack a rod … some cracking bass at the bottom of that dam… I know what the signs say (and fun times at the creek at the bottom of wood ill too) maybe not yet though.
    Good on cam for casting the kegs adrift… photos and bikes are great motivators, I look forward to getting off 32 spoke rears one day😂

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  • Gavin Neale
    1 year önce

    Hi, like your very frank comments, totally unrelated though, if you had the choice which would you recommend C24 or C35 for likes of the Bupa challenge in Adelaide, a friend can lend either fitted with Conti 4000 S, by the way I'm a 60 years plus and a weekend warrior
    Cheers would appreciate your advice

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  • Robert Goodnoe
    1 year önce

    Well done, Chris.

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  • Steve Walter
    1 year önce

    👍

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  • Rex Ringschott
    1 year önce

    Excellent. (Again)

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  • Benjamin Pegard
    1 year önce

    Chris, your facial expressions are priceless 😚 always look forward to your vlogs

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  • Darcy Ellerm-Norton
    1 year önce

    How do you find the S-Works tires?

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  • Michael Quinlan
    1 year önce

    Go Cam!

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  • Paul-Antoine Hagan
    1 year önce

    Do you change pads between carbon and alloy wheels?

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  • margaret phillips
    1 year önce

    Great vblog. I think i preferred day 2 footage, the skin tones were better and the clouds looked amazing. Different camera?

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  • Baby Belkin
    1 year önce

    Put the best on you can afford because one day you won’t be able to ride so enjoy every ride you do, and I run tubulars, so let the clincher guys hate on that , but there’s good versus bad tires it’s a persons own taste

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  • Jason Thomas
    1 year önce

    Tallowa Dam?
    edit, ah yes you mentioned later

    Veloflex experience. Nice tyre, didn't last as long as a Vittoria Graphene (or the older Open Corsa), they also dont really balloon all that nicely, a 25 runs more like a Vittoria 23.

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  • Chuangyee Bock
    1 year önce

    Wow. Refuse. Whats in a name.

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  • Mark P
    1 year önce

    Enjoyed the video. What about in wet conditions? Or do you only ride when the sun is shining?

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  • Adam L
    1 year önce

    Potato potato, tomato tomato (hard to type expression on these), BENIFITS (2.56) benefits. Maybe it's an east coast thing – like pooool and schoooool.

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  • Brenda Vane
    1 year önce

    Conti 4000ii feel good on rough road, pretty affordable and sticky. Not changing anytime soon.

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  • Brenda Vane
    1 year önce

    Glad to see some Magpie swooping, welcome to spring.

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  • D J
    1 year önce

    How tall are you?

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  • Calvin Pessl
    1 year önce

    The maxxis would be more expensive where i live
    40€ vs 35€ for the veloflex
    Geez i hare maxxis tires for some reason. They are expensive in europe and don't offer any refined feeling like schwalbe/conti/pirelli/vittoria. They feel wooden to me

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  • macolgan james
    1 year önce

    When you think that your tyres are the ONLY point of contact with the road it makes sense to fit those that give you that sense of security, especially fast downhill and cornering. The only time I'm fully aware of the rubber below me is at those moments. Always a compromise I suppose, and totally a personal choice. Those Maxxis rubbers do look good too though 🙂
    With ref to Cam… was a photo many years ago that 'shocked' me into doing something. never looked back.

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  • Chris Eggers
    1 year önce

    It is definitely a thing. I love catching and passing "strong" cyclist on my 30 lb hardtail comutter bike and leaving them behind… light is fast but tough has many meanings

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  • Gerard Scifo
    1 year önce

    I did enjoy your vid, but it’s “tyre”, not “tire” 😉

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  • Angus Davidson
    1 year önce

    Are you using the built in mic on the camera?

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