Thanks very much for the data. I'm using 35 mm tires, which fit well on my bike, and the Conti tread pattern is pretty unobstrusive.
Cars tires, of course, have pronounced tread patterns which provide channels for the water to escape out from under the tires so as to prevent hydroplaning.
Is there any benefit to a channeling-type tread pattern on a bike tire, or are the tires narrow enough and speeds low enough that hydroplaning isn't a real-world factor?
I remember some years ago riding on a wet asphalt street when all of a sudden my back wheel lost traction and swung around beside me, much like a dirt-track motorcycle in a turn. It was a non-knobby treaded tire, but I don't recall what make/model.
Sheldon's article makes it sound like there's no benefit at all to treads, but that certainly seemed like a hydroplaning event.
Is there truly no difference between treaded and non-treaded tires in wet situations?
This message was edited by like2bike on 10-3-05 @ 8:32 PM