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    Making my tires more pop-proof?

    I just got a new bike, and I'm kind of paranoid [lol] about the tires popping and I would like to make this a rarer occurance.

    Any suggestions?

    Marko

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    The tires will not "pop" if properly mounted. Generally (NOT recommending this) one can inflate 10-20% over recommended inflation without blowing the tire off the rim. You need to read up or get some instruction on proper mounting of a tube and tire.

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    Buy some Specialized Armadillo tires. They are almost bomb proof. I won't guarantee that you won't have a flat, but I will almost guarantee no flats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coinstar2k
    Buy some Specialized Armadillo tires. They are almost bomb proof. I won't guarantee that you won't have a flat, but I will almost guarantee no flats.
    and I will guarantee almost no flats.

    there. you should be all set

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    Quote Originally Posted by coinstar2k
    Buy some Specialized Armadillo tires. They are almost bomb proof. I won't guarantee that you won't have a flat, but I will almost guarantee no flats.
    The inside rim also needs to be pretty solid and smooth as well. I had some lightweight rim tape (seemed like scotch tape) that caused me problems. The spoke holes were apparently sharp enough so that when the tire pressure was high enough it would punch a hole in the rim tape and allow the tube to expand into the spoke hole a little bit. My symptoms were: anytime I inflated over 100lbs with a somewhat lightweight tube, it would blow in less than 5 miles. As soon as I replaced the rim tape with standard stuff (more like medical tape), my problems went away.
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    If a road or hyprid bike before EACH ride inflate your tires to near the maximum air pressure as shown on the side of the tire.
    Use Velox rim tape on the rims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markok765
    I just got a new bike, and I'm kind of paranoid [lol] about the tires popping and I would like to make this a rarer occurance.

    Any suggestions?

    Marko
    I'm not sure if you're afraid of the tire popping while 1) being inflated or 2) getting flats while riding.

    1) Proper tire mounting procedures and checking for proper bead placement before pumping up to full pressure. Often, I'll fill with 20psi of air, spin the wheel and make sure the bead is seated evenly, then pumping up to full pressure, Inspect the area around the valve stem, as the reinforcement in the area may prevent proper seating of the tire onto the rim.

    2) Before a ride, making sure the tires are within the recommended pressure range will prevent pinch flats. Cetain tires (like those mentioned) provide better puncture resistance. For added puncture proofing, you might want to consider installing tire liners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cny-bikeman
    The tires will not "pop" if properly mounted. Generally (NOT recommending this) one can inflate 10-20% over recommended inflation without blowing the tire off the rim. You need to read up or get some instruction on proper mounting of a tube and tire.
    I meant going over rocks/glass.

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    haaaaa just ride it on the rims man thats pop proof,i make a sleeve from old tubes and put that around my new tubes to prevent any flats,just stick to using a hand pump to pump up tubes and keep checking as you pump up.

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    if you over inflate any tube it will pop if you hit any rocks etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al1943 View Post
    Use Velox rim tape on the rims.
    +1 and also it really lasts, I still have some on my 20 year old bike
    Quote Originally Posted by cc700 View Post
    i jam my thumbs up and back into the tubes. this way i can point my fingers straight out in front to split the wind and attain an even more aero profile, and the usual fixed gear - zen - connectedness feeling through the drivetrain is multiplied ten fold because my thumbs become one with the tubing.
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