He talked about what is important to you in a ride determining tire choice. That got me thinking about what is important to me in a ride.
I have also thought about this topic after riding the Lewis County Historical Ride. I carried a lot of stuff and rode a touring bike which made for a heavier bike than most of the other riders. Also, most of the riders were in groups and rode in pace lines. I finished the ride last.
Did I choose the wrong bike? Should I have gone with a lighter one?
Upon reflection, I decided that I did not. I could ride a lighter bike and finish faster but that was not my goal. I could have rode in a pace line and gone faster but again, that is not what I want from a ride.
What I want from a ride is the following:
* I want to explore and see new things on a ride
* I want to be able to ride all day and be comfortable
* I want to get lost in thought
* I don't want to deal with mechanical details on a ride
* I don't need to be first, I am only competing with the clock and myself
* I want to see birds and animals and flowers
* I don't want to have to stop at a store on my ride (restrooms excepted)
With this in mind, I choose my bike well. I am comfortable and it absorbs the road vibration well.
I sit more upright and can see things easy. I can carry what I need to complete a ride.
My bike is reliable. Solo rides are fun for me. Looking at the back of someones tire is not my idea of an enjoyable ride, I would rather spend the extra energy to not have to pace line.