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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 11-21-07, 10:20 PM   #26
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so you are sayin its ok to inflate my tires to 110 lbs?
I run my 23's at 120 psi.
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Old 11-22-07, 12:07 PM   #27
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I'm running Serfas Secca RS tires on my bike at 120 psi. I've never had a problem with them flatting in over a years riding. Started riding them when I was well over 200 pounds.
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Old 11-22-07, 12:24 PM   #28
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this is one of the worst scams ever, you're better off emailing your bank account info to Nigeria

Just spring for a decent set of tires. I recommend the Michelin Krylion Carbons that are very puncture resistant and last forever. Run 'em at 130 psi. Also invest in some gear so that changing a flat is quick and painless.
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Old 01-16-08, 05:51 PM   #29
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AIRFREE's have not arrived yet

Here it is January, and my order from 8/26/07 hasn't arrived yet and they keep saying they are behind. I would stay away from this outfit to anyone out there tempted to try them.
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Old 01-16-08, 07:35 PM   #30
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Nay. Just doesn't feel right when I think about it.

In Summer, I always inflate to the max shown on the tire, sometimes 10 or 15 over. Never had a "blow out." I weighed 225 at one point, and have hit potholes hard enough to hurt.

When fitting tires, do it in good light to make sure you aren't pinching the tube under the bead.
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Old 01-16-08, 09:02 PM   #31
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I was barely a Clyde when my wife surprised me by having an LBS install solids on my commute bike. All I got were broken spokes, about one a week and even five once on one ride. The bike shop got lots of cash for replacing spokes and replacing the tires, After 6 months I quit using them. Think tandem and higher type wheels; a single wheel on a quint bike might be carrying 400-500 pounds. Go to wider tires,
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Old 01-16-08, 09:26 PM   #32
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Here it is January, and my order from 8/26/07 hasn't arrived yet and they keep saying they are behind. I would stay away from this outfit to anyone out there tempted to try them.
Please refer back to my post on 11/21/07.Sorry to hear about the problems you are having.
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Old 01-16-08, 11:31 PM   #33
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I got my new bike back in the fall, with 26x2.125 tires. Not too long after I got it, I went on one ride and came back with 2 flats and thought "Oh no, this could be bad!". But it's funny, I haven't had another flat since then. Moral: Don't be too quick to judge how your tires are going to work.

Way back when, I got one of the Walmart airless tube thingies for my kid's bike. I must have spent two hours trying to get that thing on and finally took it back and got my money back on it. That's my experience with airless tires. That was maybe 20 years ago.
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Old 01-17-08, 05:57 AM   #34
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airless tires

After all of the reading of the "nays", I almost didn't respond. I ride a OCR2 with tire pressure about 100 psi. I check pressure about every 3 or 4 days. I have had the "gun" go off in various places and am getting ready for a really long distance ride. Things had progressed well until I had the gun go off twice within a mile of the first flat. I did a bit of research as many have suggested, ordered, received and installed on my bike a set of airless tires. I have had to change the gearing to adjust to the new feel of these tires. That is ok, because now I do not have to worry about changing my blown out tubes during a dark Florida ride. It is dark at 5:30 in the morning when I leave for school and to add insult to injury, I have eliminated all of the super light bike-lights in favor of a 3 "d-cell" Maglite. I want to see what is in front of me and be seen by those who are around me.

I would not buy or order the airless tires from the company in Florida, but go directly to the organization that makes the tires outside of Denver, Colorado.

Added thought.... Do you know how difficult it is to ride your bike, eat a danish and drink coffee on a bike commute? It can be messy.

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Old 01-17-08, 11:04 AM   #35
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Never used them, but I've heard nothing but bad things about them. First and foremost, the solidity of the tire gives REALLY BAD handling.
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Old 01-17-08, 06:18 PM   #36
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Never used them, but I've heard nothing but bad things about them. First and foremost, the solidity of the tire gives REALLY BAD handling.
I think it would depend on the pressure equivalence, for example you get very different handling from a standard pneumatic tire at 50PSI, 75PSI and 100PSI. The problem with air-free tires, is the harder the material, the harder it is to get onto the rim, so they probably emulate a 50-75PSI tire, fine on a mountain bike, not so good when you have a road bike, with an ũber Clyde on board.
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Old 01-18-08, 07:59 PM   #37
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Thanks for the info. I just filed a complaint with Better Business Bureau and it looks like there are several other complaints. Just want everyone to stay away from this scam. Next time I am in Florida, I think I'll pay him a visit.
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Old 01-18-08, 09:54 PM   #38
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Florida business problems

I would not waste my time looking for the shop, etc. It would just add to the frustration of the matter. Life is too short.

As I remember, I had left many messages, both telephone and email. I finally got in touch with the manufacturers and they even know that the Florida company is lacking. But on the good side, I have my tires and trying to wear them out. I purchased a Trek trailer/bike for my younger son. Will be transforming it into a single tired trailer to drag behind my OCR2. If my airless tires hold up and prove themselves I will be putting one on it so I do not have a flat problem.

On a side note, you can order the airless tires for a higher pressure feel. I believe they said they could engineer the higher pressure feel to be upwards to 110 or 125 psi according to the specifications they are given. They do create one tire at a time unlike normal vulcanization methods.

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Old 01-18-08, 10:11 PM   #39
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