|A 33cm Clement PDX Clincher Too Fat for UCI|
Regardless, last time I checked at my local shop they didn’t sell 33.1, 33.2 or 33.5 tires. They did have quite a selection of 32’s, 33’s and even 34’s. So we all brought tires to the Masters World Championships with a number of 33 or less written on the sidewall. No one wanted to risk getting DQ’d for something silly at Worlds. Personally, I smartly left my 34 Griffo mounted on a carbon Zipp at home and instead brought a 33 Clement PDX mounted on a old Ritchey WCS wheel. Coincidentally, one tire that was getting flagged by officials as being too fat was the Clement PDX 33 clincher. You’ll recognize it by the World Champion rainbow stripes on the sidewall. I brought three to the venue, two on the pit bike and one on a back-up wheel. I had to scramble.
Like a cup of flour, there’s air inside a tire. When you’re baking a cake, do you pank down the flour in the measuring cup to get the maximum amount inside? Maybe you do, if you want a thicker batter. Do you leave it slightly heaped or leveled off with the edge of a knife? Do you use the cup measure made out off stiff stainless steel, or does the OXO brand plastic one your wife bought on her $200 shopping spree at Target do in a pinch?
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Now what was originally intended to be an exact measurement of 33mm becomes an opinion. Riders with flagged tires told me the official said the jig didn’t go on and off the tire smoothly. It's like the Seinfeld parody of the Simpson trial. Maybe the official had wimpy biceps, we joked. You would think either the jig goes on or it doesn’t. Either it comes off or it doesn’t. Is the jig stuck to my tire permanently or not? Should we smear a little Vaseline on the sidewall and try again. The UCI is measuring millimeters like airports measure bags for the overhead bin. Believe me, there’s not a bag I own that I can’t stuff into that metal frame. Now and then, I still have to check it. Go figure. It’s the opinion of that bitchy flight attendant, not exact science.
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