Last week, I switched the tires on my Giant Cypress DX hybrid from 700c x 38 to 700c x 25 slicks. And I LOVE them. The handling is great, I go so much faster, etc. They're awesome.
Here's the problem: In the five days or so since I've had them, I've had three flats. One, I think, was due at least in part to the fact that the rubber strip around the wheel that protects the tube from the spoke nipples fell of. I think a nipple may have pierced the tube. The other two flats were what somebody at my LBS once referred to as "snakebites".
Here's the thing: I'm 6'3" and weigh 240 pounds. I never, ever had a problem with flats when I was riding with my 700c x 38 tires. I suspect that this, in large part, is the reason. The roads I commute on are somewhat crappy, with a fair number of potholes. I usually avoid them, but I inevitably hit a few on my way to work.
I would really hate to lose these tires, and switch back to my large tires. But I'm getting sick of changing all these tires and being late to work.
So do I have to switch back to my old, fat tires? Do I have any alternatives, short of losing 50 pounds? Please, any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!