I have an '80s road bike with the original rims (wheels as built, I suppose) that I have been riding lately. Well, not too much, as it turns out because I've had 3 flats in about 30 miles of urban riding (some harsh bumps/transitions, some having to slightly bunny-hop obstacles). The bike has Gommitalia Calypso tires that were on the bike when I bought it (they appeared to have no wear, but were clearly not new...ie, some drying on the walls, but nothing particularly worrisome - so I ran them). I have a few questions:
1. Is there anything inherent about these tires that makes them a bad choice for urban riding?
2. The rim tape is rather narrow...so it doesn't fully cover all of the holes for the spokes....this looks like the culprit (unfortunately, I didn't notice it during the 1st on-the-road flat/fix)..sounds like i need new tape, right?
3. Anything else I should consider?
I usually ride this bike during my lunch hour at work, so flats are seriously unwelcome from every perspective. Oh...it was the back tire all 3 times, each time properly inflated (115psi) at the start of the ride & I weigh something like 185lb.
thanks in advance,