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    Good 27 inch road tire recommendations?

    For some reason my commuter with 27x1 1/4 tires gets more flats than the 700x23 tires on my "fun bike" even though I ride lots more miles on the fun bike. Got el-cheapo CST and Kenda tires right now (whatever the cheapest the LBS had at the time) and get the occassional metal thingy poking through to give me a flat which is annoying. Never had a flat from glass, but I guess I just jinxed myself into that happening tonight...

    Thinking of some different tires, what are some suggestions for 27x1 1/4 or 27x1 1/8 tires? I like to take the commuter on a group ride sometimes and throw down, but the main thing is not wasting time changing flats...

    Edited to add: Does inflation pressure change the likelihood of flatting from pointy stuff? These tires say 90 psi max on the sidewall, and I usually run around 85-90 on the back 80-85 front. I usually air them up if it's been more than a couple of days between the last time.

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    The higher the pressure, the more likely you are to flat on a pointy thing. How much more is up for debate. Skinny tires have a smaller "sweet spot" than big old balloon tires, which you can run at insanely low pressures, allowing them to conform to most pointy bits rather than get punctured.
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    I've had good luck with both Continental Gatorskins and Panaracer Pasela Tourguards. Both come in 27 inch sizes.

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    I'm running Panaracer Pasela TG's on my three bikes and both my wifes bikes. I just installed the PPTG's and removed the crappy Kenda's that came with the Windsor tourist after I had a flat yesterday. New tubes and tires so I should be good to go hopefully. I really like the ride of the Panaracer some say its a bit harsh but on our chipseal roads around here who can tell.
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    I have some Vittoria Zaffiros on my bike (27 x 1 1/8). I could not tell you if they resist puncture specifically (normally good at avoiding dangerous things), but I do ride around NYC quite a bit and have not had a flat on these tires (a few hundred miles in). I definitely like them so far, and think they are worth giving a shot.

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    I'm not the OP, but good to hear positive comments on the Pasela TG. I have a pair on the way to replace some 20 or so year old tires. Cross your fingers for no flats!
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    Pana Pas TG is great if you have a fat wallet. The Performance house brand with Kevar belt is also a good value for penny pinchers. You should be able to run at 70-75 psi if you're under 180 lbs. I'd add Mr. Tuffy or equivalent for a little more puncture protection.

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    I use Specialized Armadillos on both my road bikes (one is 27" and the other is 700c). I won't say they are indestructible, but I don't remember the last time I had a flat.

    (edit) I run them at 100psi to 120psi.
    That's gonna leave a mark.

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