Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
On my street bike (which i use for most of the coaching I do) during the summer I will throw on a set of the Pirelli Supercorsa DOT in a SC compound (usually do 2 on the rear, 1 on the front). They will get up to temp in a lap or so, don't require warmers, and I can run them on the street as long as it's not raining. Yes, they will burn up a lot faster than a "regular" street tire, but grip even in A group is never an issue.
IMO, a good set of tires is a hell of a lot cheaper than crashing because you accidentally pushed an overheated street tire a bit more than it could handle.
An actual race tire (slick) isn't really needed until you're a solid A rider, and even then, not necessary. They cost more, burn up faster, and if your pace isn't enough, you'll tear them up quickly (which I have done multiple times when I've had to coach on my race bike - the tires lose too much heat at the slower pace and start tearing as the session goes on).
If you're getting to the point where a race tire would give you more confidence and a little more grip, the easiest way to do it on a street and track bike is an extra set of set up rims, but again, something like the Supercorsa SC DOT works great even at a pretty solid race pace.
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