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End of an Era.

March 15, 2008

I’ve just replaced my last Nutrak Beltguard tyre on the old tourer. These tyres have not been made for over 10 years and were the tyres of choice for a lot of touring and utlitly cyclists back in the 1990s having a raised centre tread which made for claimed low rolling resistance and the first kevlar belted that really worked. Hence when they stopped making them I bought a few to keep me going. The replacement is a Continental Gaytorskin which was not really selected by me since actually there is limited choice of tyres now for 27” wheels. The good news is that if I was selecting tyres for a tourer I would certainly short list these. They have a distinct advantage over the Nutrak’s that you don’t drift around corners quite so much.

For the record I bonked on the way home on Thursday once again, I knew it was on the cards before I left work and I had managed to not have an energy bar in my pocket. What is worse I’m on a bike with a pannier and a large saddle bag both of which could have had a spare energy bar in them. Doh. The saddle bag did have a bottle of lucazade sport in it but it was not enough. I got to Addlestone and all energy was gone. Finding a shop open I declined the usual Mars Bar option as this just gives you a sugar rush, which may get you home, but if it does not you end up in an even worse situation. So I opted for shortbread which was fantastic.


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