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Old 09-29-11, 09:02 PM   #1
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my new Scwalbe Delta Cruiser Creme




Nice lookin' tires . I had hoped they were more puncture resistant than my basic Kendas, but after just 7 miles , a flat, (from a thorn )

Do 26x 1-3/8 tires just attract thorns or what ?! Ive ridden many miles on my Moto with 27" tires, no flats, same routt. just bad luck ? Maybe Northern Colorado is the thorn capital ?

I'll prob have to install thoese tuffy tire liners ? Sorry, just had to vent. Ive gottin more flats on my Raleigh in the year and a half that I owned it than as the last 10 years of my other bikes...
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Very nice bike! (beautiful radio too).
I live in "Goat-head" hell...and run tuffy liners or belted tires.

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Do 26x 1-3/8 tires just attract thorns or what ?! Ive ridden many miles on my Moto with 27" tires, no flats, same routt. just bad luck ? Maybe Northern Colorado is the thorn capital ?

I'll prob have to install thoese tuffy tire liners ? Sorry, just had to vent. Ive gottin more flats on my Raleigh in the year and a half that I owned it than as the last 10 years of my other bikes...
No, the thorn capital has got to be SW Texas! My first Texas ride landed me with a flat on my tandem. <sigh>

As far as the 26x1-3/8 getting you more flats, it's probably just that you enjoy the bike so much that you ride it more than the previous bike. Dunno.
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I have the Delta Cruisers in whitewalls. They're black on the treads. If I remember correctly, I haven't had any punctures on them (or through them). I think you just got unlucky.

Unfortunately, the ride is terribly harsh for me. It may not be the tires. I'm not sure what it is. This is on my Rudge 3-speed, which is really a Raleigh Sports with Rudge decals and a Rudge fork, so the bike ought to ride identically to yours. I inflate them to 50 or 60 psi, and going over bumps is pretty unpleasant.
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I put a set of Delta's on my Goddaughters "college-ride" 2 years & no flats. Maybe not a good statistic because the bike only goes a few blocks, in nice weather, when the mood strikes her.

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I have the Delta Cruisers in whitewalls. They're black on the treads. If I remember correctly, I haven't had any punctures on them (or through them). I think you just got unlucky.

Unfortunately, the ride is terribly harsh for me. It may not be the tires. I'm not sure what it is. This is on my Rudge 3-speed, which is really a Raleigh Sports with Rudge decals and a Rudge fork, so the bike ought to ride identically to yours. I inflate them to 50 or 60 psi, and going over bumps is pretty unpleasant.

What kinda of saddle is on your bike ? I have ( i think ) is the orig matress saddle , it soaks up the bumps pretty well.

Who made thoese matress saddles on early 70's Raleighs ? Only downside is that its vinle , the butt gets a LiL' sticky on longer rides.

I dont think these tires ride much diff than the Kendas I had on the bike, but I like that they can take another 10 lbs of pressure as compaired to the Kenda, and it seemed they 'centered' themselves on the rims better than the Kenda when inflating......
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I have the Delta Cruisers in whitewalls. They're black on the treads. If I remember correctly, I haven't had any punctures on them (or through them). I think you just got unlucky.

Unfortunately, the ride is terribly harsh for me. It may not be the tires. I'm not sure what it is. This is on my Rudge 3-speed, which is really a Raleigh Sports with Rudge decals and a Rudge fork, so the bike ought to ride identically to yours. I inflate them to 50 or 60 psi, and going over bumps is pretty unpleasant.

What kinda of saddle is on your bike ? I have ( i think ) is the orig matress saddle , it soaks up the bumps pretty well.

Who made thoese matress saddles on early 70's Raleighs ? Only downside is that its vinle , the butt gets a LiL' sticky on longer rides.

I dont think these tires ride much diff than the Kendas I had on the bike, but I like that they can take another 10 lbs of pressure as compaired to the Kenda, and it seemed they 'centered' themselves on the rims better than the Kenda when inflating......
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The saddle is a B-72. And to be honest, I don't love it.

I don't normally rely on a saddle to provide shock absorption. I don't put much weight on my saddle when I ride. I put my weight on the pedals and use my knees as a spring.
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