Why wider is better: The death of 23C tyres

Continental Competition 25C tubular tyres
Tyres larger than 23C save you from fatigue on rougher road surfaces (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)

Road cycling efficiency is often measured in grams and watts. And the units involved with each can be so low, that to those who aren't obsessed about the sport, the idea of a few grams or watts, would appear trivial.

Considering the road bicycle and its rider as a total system, and the harmonised gain of trimming all those grams and improving the wattage efficiency makes a real difference when combined.

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Lance Branquinho is a Namibian born media professional, with 15-years of experience in technology and engineering journalism covering anything with wheels. Being from Namibia, he knows a good gravel road when he sees one, and he has raced some of Africa’s best-known mountain bike stage races, such as Wines2Wales and Berg&Bush.