I'm not sure how many times I could possibly admit to concur with parental indoctrination but the phrase "waste not, want not" is deeply imbedded within my mind thanks to them.
Some say this phrase derives from Psalms 23, this seems unlikely, but I would comment that this evening whilst replacing the above worn out tyre with a new racing clincher in preparation for Sundays triathlon the phrase came readily to my mind.
I selected the Michelin Pro 3 tyre, because it has great grip and also good puncture resistance, even though the streets of our town Lausanne are normally velvetly smooth, you do meet the occaisionial nail.
In another order from Wiggle in dear old England (Swiss shops obviously just don't stock these parts) I found the 185 gram, thinner 700x20C tyres.
1 hour later and only thanks to the help of Agata who put up with my expletives admirably the tightest tyre I've ever fitted to a road bike was installed. It's now pressure testing at 120psi ready for a test ride this Thursday.
I'd also like to talk about my new 81gram (yes that is less than 100 grams !) saddle but that would be a story for another day.