Tyre selection and pressure
When it comes to riding the bumpy and unpredictable cobbles, any form of suspension is your friend. The best thing you can do on a road bike is to choose the right tyres and pressure. Wider tyres are a must because they allow you to do two things. They increase the surface area touching the ground so you have better traction and you can also easily lower the pressure to significantly increase comfort without increasing rolling resistance. For optimal cobble riding, go for 28 mm or 30 mm tyres.
For tyre pressure, you will have to do a bit of experimenting to find the right number. Just for reference, pro cyclists at Paris-Roubaix or Tour of Flanders often go as low as 4 bar. Rider weight, tyre and riding style can all influence the ideal pressure you should use. Handlebars and bar tape
Set your handlebars a bit higher. On cobblestones, your hands need to stay relaxed to soak up the constant bumps on the road. A higher position of your bars will make all three primary hand positions comfortable: the hoods, the tops and the drops. If you’re considering upgrading your handlebars, go for carbon if your budget allows. You will notice the extra give they offer. Also, go for thicker handlebars as they will make it easier to avoid overgripping.
Alternatively, you can also increase the size of your existing handlebars by simply adding a second bar tape over the existing one. This […]