What’s wrong with this picture?

What's wrong with this picture?

a) Label not lined up with tube valve.
b) $50 Hutchinson Fusion 2 race tire on a $30 entry level Mavic rim
c) Bike is inverted, scratching the cyclocomputer display.

More on this tire later.

22 Comments

  • Juan Montoya Btikbat Consuelo III
    April 21, 2009 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    it would have been more fun if you waited for us to post what was wrong with the picture.

  • Juan Montoya Btikbat Consuelo
    April 21, 2009 - 3:24 pm | Permalink

    it would have been more fun if you waited for us to post what was wrong with the picture.

  • Anonymous
    April 21, 2009 - 8:56 am | Permalink

    label not lined up with tube valve?!?

    i don't get it? i've been cycling for 3 decades and have never heard about this OCD technical detail…

  • Anonymous
    April 21, 2009 - 3:56 pm | Permalink

    label not lined up with tube valve?!?i don't get it? i've been cycling for 3 decades and have never heard about this OCD technical detail…

  • chatterbox
    April 21, 2009 - 9:00 am | Permalink

    d. all of the above

    That said, if said setup works for the rider, then who am I to judge?

  • chatterbox
    April 21, 2009 - 4:00 pm | Permalink

    d. all of the aboveThat said, if said setup works for the rider, then who am I to judge?

  • Wirehead
    April 21, 2009 - 9:41 am | Permalink

    e. Tire is going to slide out from under you while turning in the rain because the sides lack sufficient carbon in the rubber

  • Wirehead
    April 21, 2009 - 4:41 pm | Permalink

    e. Tire is going to slide out from under you while turning in the rain because the sides lack sufficient carbon in the rubber

  • Anonymous
    April 21, 2009 - 9:43 am | Permalink

    D. Tire color doesn't match handlebar tape.
    E. Tire mounted to roll in wrong direction.
    F. Cyclocross bike not road.
    G. All the above.

    OK, I give up, what?
    Jack

  • Anonymous
    April 21, 2009 - 4:43 pm | Permalink

    D. Tire color doesn't match handlebar tape.E. Tire mounted to roll in wrong direction.F. Cyclocross bike not road.G. All the above.OK, I give up, what?Jack

  • Yokota Fritz
    April 21, 2009 - 10:02 am | Permalink

    Jack, I actually do have a cyclocross "style" commuter bike with big fat fenders and skinny road tires on it right now — it looks really really weird. And now that you mention it, the bar tape doesn't match the tires! I need to replace the tape right away! :-)

    Anon 9:56 – label is lined up with the valve to assist with puncture finding when patching a tube. Find the hole in the tube, then locate the spot in the tire that caused the puncture.

    Wirehead: who's insane enough to ride in the rain? I mean besides those professionals who get paid to do it?

    Chatterbox: My tire. I was setting it up for the photo and realized my mistake with the label.

    Juan: I thought about doing it that way. Oh well – next time.

  • Yokota Fritz
    April 21, 2009 - 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Jack, I actually do have a cyclocross "style" commuter bike with big fat fenders and skinny road tires on it right now — it looks really really weird. And now that you mention it, the bar tape doesn't match the tires! I need to replace the tape right away! :-)Anon 9:56 – label is lined up with the valve to assist with puncture finding when patching a tube. Find the hole in the tube, then locate the spot in the tire that caused the puncture.Wirehead: who's insane enough to ride in the rain? I mean besides those professionals who get paid to do it?Chatterbox: My tire. I was setting it up for the photo and realized my mistake with the label. Juan: I thought about doing it that way. Oh well – next time.

  • Ron
    April 21, 2009 - 4:13 pm | Permalink

    $50 Hutchinson Fusion 2 race tire on a $30 entry level Mavic rim?? How about a 50 dollar Hutchinson tire on a 2000 dollar wheel? Woo..

    And where's the dust cap for the valve? Unpardonable. Does it also have a pie plate? Plase tell me it does.

  • Ron
    April 21, 2009 - 11:13 pm | Permalink

    $50 Hutchinson Fusion 2 race tire on a $30 entry level Mavic rim?? How about a 50 dollar Hutchinson tire on a 2000 dollar wheel? Woo..And where's the dust cap for the valve? Unpardonable. Does it also have a pie plate? Plase tell me it does.

  • Simon N
    April 21, 2009 - 7:09 pm | Permalink

    a) Price discrepancies aren't always bad. My commuter has crappy Alex rims, but expensive Marathon Supreme tires because I hate flats. So far I'm happy with my choice. Can see the problem with the pic tho – whatever weight savings the tires made the rims lost 3 times over.

    b) I prefer to line my valves up to the PSI rating, as I can never remember the max pressure and hate scanning the sidewall for it. As long as you're lining it up to SOMETHING, you're good.

    c) Can't stand trip computers. Shopping for CR2032 batteries (or whichever) is a pain.

    I'll add one;

    z) 23c + crappy roads = pain

  • Simon N
    April 22, 2009 - 2:09 am | Permalink

    a) Price discrepancies aren't always bad. My commuter has crappy Alex rims, but expensive Marathon Supreme tires because I hate flats. So far I'm happy with my choice. Can see the problem with the pic tho – whatever weight savings the tires made the rims lost 3 times over.b) I prefer to line my valves up to the PSI rating, as I can never remember the max pressure and hate scanning the sidewall for it. As long as you're lining it up to SOMETHING, you're good.c) Can't stand trip computers. Shopping for CR2032 batteries (or whichever) is a pain.I'll add one;z) 23c + crappy roads = pain

  • Bras
    April 21, 2009 - 7:11 pm | Permalink

    well if the bike is flipped in the grass, there won't be any damage to the speedometer, right ?!

  • Illinoisfrank
    April 21, 2009 - 7:11 pm | Permalink

    Not enough light? Really. Shooting at 1/25 at f/4.0 using 1600 ISO. Where were you? In a cave? And I'll bet you were depending on image stabilization rather than using a tripod. And then there's the composition…

  • Bras
    April 22, 2009 - 2:11 am | Permalink

    well if the bike is flipped in the grass, there won't be any damage to the speedometer, right ?!

  • Illinoisfrank
    April 22, 2009 - 2:11 am | Permalink

    Not enough light? Really. Shooting at 1/25 at f/4.0 using 1600 ISO. Where were you? In a cave? And I'll bet you were depending on image stabilization rather than using a tripod. And then there's the composition…

  • Yokota Fritz
    April 22, 2009 - 10:33 am | Permalink

    Man, I guess when I post snark I get it back in spades.

    I got some good inspiration, though: How about a pie plate for a front wheel?

    I'm a creature of habit — I almost always get Continentals. I don't know why, they're just the tires I know, I suppose. Decided to try these Hutchinsons and, guess what? they work also.

  • Yokota Fritz
    April 22, 2009 - 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Man, I guess when I post snark I get it back in spades.I got some good inspiration, though: How about a pie plate for a front wheel?I'm a creature of habit — I almost always get Continentals. I don't know why, they're just the tires I know, I suppose. Decided to try these Hutchinsons and, guess what? they work also.

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