I purchased a Fuji Newest 2.0 about 4 months ago. I basically used the stock tires, rubber(?) rim tape, and tubes (with only 2 flats) until about yesterday, when I got a new pair of Bontrager race lite hardcase tires. These tires are able to take about 30psi more pressure than the old tires. That's when the trouble started. After putting on the new tires, it popped a flat (without riding) in the back tire after about an hour. Then, the same thing happened with the front tire! Bummer.
I took a look at both tires, and confirmed spoke punctures in both tires. I purchased (cloth) forte rim tape and (knock on wood) it seems to be working.
I guess I figured it out, really, but my question is: does better rim tape really make that much of a difference in preventing flats? I suppose it does for my wheels, but what about for other people? Any experiences?