"Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent." ~ Anonymous
When people search for topics with whatever search engine they use, it's easier to find things when being more specific. So, in order for people to find out what I think of these tires from Compass Bicycles, I've decided to do a post specifically about Grand Bois tires.
My nephew, John, told me about Compass Bicycles and the Grand Bois series of bicycle tires. As I've noted in previous posts, most hype about tires is just that, hype, since, for most cyclists, the prime objective is minimizing flats vs. racing tires. As a "regular" (meaning not a racer) rider, I look for tires that are: a) puncture resistant and b) last long. Most quality bicycle tires are not cheap. Prices range in the $40 to $80 range. Sure, there are cheaper ones, but they're cheap for a reason. If I'm laying down a chunk of change for a tire, then my two reasons (a & b from above) come into play.
After talking to my nephew and checking out the tires on the Compass Bicycles website along with the fortuitous flat I had with my previous Schwalbe tires, I opted to purchase two Grand Bois Col de la Madeleine Extra Leger tires, 700 x 23 size. They were pricey...$76 each.
(Somewhere down the road, I'll replace my Vittoria Randonneur tires on my Cannondale touring bicycle, but the Vittorias are holding up remarkably well. No flats, so far...almost 2 years.
I'd give these tires a 4 rating. If they were more puncture proof, that would jump to a 5 rating. Overall, however, I'm happy with these tires. Schwalbe and Vittoria tires are definitely in the running, too. Continental makes some excellent tires, as well. Happy shopping!
Time to exit this post with a tune...Chuck Berry doing "No Particular Place To Go"...what I think when I take off on my bicycle sometimes, no particular place to go, just out for a ride.