I don’t often set distance targets, but mileage (kilometre-age?) is a suitably motivating metric to keep track of as the weeks and months roll by. Strava also has a handy feature that lets you set goals and easily keep track by showing how far ahead or behind you are.
At the beginning of the year I set a target in Strava of 10,000km. Looking at my stats after today’s ride, I noticed I’d just rolled over that mark with two and a half months to spare! It was pleasing to do it on the Trek 5200 too, I’ve been putting some good saddle time on that bike recently.
That means I can sit on the couch until January now, right? Hehehe! Last year I rode 11,000km, so I guess that’s the next milestone (kilometre-stone?) that I’ll aim for.
Today’s ride was a bit of a lucky one actually. While putting the bike away afterwards, I noticed this big gash in my front tyre! That would have been a nasty front wheel blowout at speed! I’m glad that didn’t let go during the ride. If you look closely you can see the inner tube ever so slightly bulging out of the gash. I recon that tyre was riding on borrowed time…
A few guys I ride with have had similar issues with Pirelli P Zero tyres. Unlucky? Just a fragile tyre? Or a design fault? Perhaps the gravel roads I’ve taken them down? Whatever the cause it’s a little concerning. They’ve been great tyres, fast and comfy. I also have them on my Aeroad so I’ll be keeping a close eye on my tyres in case this happens again!
Until I decide what to replace it with, I’ve popped a used 24mm S-WORKS Turbo tyre I had lying around on the front, it’s got roughly 50% tread left.
Any suggestions for a new fast tyre?