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Originally Posted by bonzojohns1962
i weigh in a 336 and am using armadilloes on a giant terrago..i have heard there are solid tyres which theoretically should not puncture..do they exist ..where can i buy them
There are 2 kinds of solid tires, a solid rubber tire, like on a childs tricycle, this will offer an extremely rough ride, it will be tough on the bike and very tiring for the rider.
The other kind contains a closed cell foam, the problem here is that the harder the tire, the harder it is to get on, so they tend to have the opposite problem, they are much too soft, probably okay on an off-road bike where you tend to run low pressures anyway, but on the road, the tyres will be so soft that it feel like your riding through molasses in January, in Alaska.
If your afraid of punctures, you want a nice thick tire, and puncture resistant tubes, although once you have dealt with a few punctures, you get better at changing the tube, and it becomes just a part of riding. BTW I keep at least 3 spare tubes, when one gets punctured, I swap it for another one, patch the punctured one at my earliest convenience, and after verifying that it is fully repaired, use a bucket of water the next day to make sure there are no leaks. I let the air out, roll it up and add it to the spare pile again. When I change a tire, I replace the tube, the old one gets added to the spare pile. After a while you have enough spares that you can have several that need patching, between patching sessions. If there are more then 3 patches, it's time to retire the tube......