Tyres - quick poll - wider up front, or in the rear?
Thread prompted by a comment earlier on - can I poll road.cc members, which way round they put their tyres? (I'm a bit obsessed with rolling rubber!).
25 or 28mm or perhaps a combination of both f/r are perfect for most people.
Indeed - but which way round? IIRC i read an article advocating the wider tyre up front to help with cornering, with the narrower at the back. Where was it?
Oh - as always, it's Sheldon Brown -
"Mixing/Matching Tyres" section makes the case for both:
" Narrower Front, Wider Rear
If lightness is the primary goal, tyre width/weight is limited by the risk of pinch cut flats, a.k.a. "snake bites." Since there is more weight carried on the rear tyre, you can get away with a slightly narrower tyre in front than you can in back.
Wider Front, Narrower Rear
A wider front tyre makes sense in many applications, however, when handling and ride comfort are considered. A wider tyre will generally provide better cornering traction than a narrower one, assuming appropriate inflation pressure.
So could you put in the comments which way round you do it? If you stick to using the greater than symbol it'll be clear:
(Front wider than rear)
(Rear wider than front).