Tyre trends set to change?

Richard Hallet explains why thinner is not always better in the world of road rubber

Fat tyres the new thin?
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What, exactly, is the point of thin cycle tyres? Not at lot, it turns out. It rather depends what’s meant by ‘thin’.

The tyres on most road bikes look excessively narrow to the few remaining members of the population who are non-cyclists. Even among cycling enthusiasts, there are surely few who can distinguish at a glance between 700x23c and 700x25c rubber, supposing that they care.

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