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    New found love for commuter tires!

    I have always ridden on "whatever tires where laying around", and had pretty good luck with them in the past. Well though a series of parts/bike swaps I ended up with a set of 26x1.5" Specialized Nimbus Armadillos for my drop-bar mountain bike conversion.

    On the way to get some groceries earlier, I ran over this chunk of metal:


    The entire portion of the skinny part was stuck in my tire, as you can see it was about the length of my thumbnail:


    I heard the thumping on the ground so I stopped to see what I ran over and noticed that the tire was still holding air in it. I first thought about leaving it in there and limping home, thinking that it sealed into the tube just enough to get me back home. I finally decided to just rip it out (took a bit of tugging) and replace the tube so I could finish my grocery run.

    Surprisingly, when I finally got it out, I didn't hear any hissing from the tire going flat!! I don't think I will be risking crap "free" tires again...unless I get another set of these free again, haha
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    Even if it's a short story, it's nice when it has a happy ending.

    That's certainly not like my tire stories. Go ahead, be different
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    First rule of flat club is don't talk about flat club.

    I've got a pair of Continental City Rides that have punctured exactly once in 4 years, and I've ridden over many a broken bottle that I didn't see until it was too late, plus a few I did see but decided to be ballsy about, or couldn't avoid due to traffic - a particularly oddly shaped and placed shard of a beer bottle pierced straight in, the one time it punctured. Still took 12 hours to actually flat the tire, I found it the next day not while I was riding.

    Good tires make a world of difference.

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    One area where tires have greatly improved in recent years is in puncture resistance. This is a nice example of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClemY View Post
    One area where tires have greatly improved in recent years is in puncture resistance. This is a nice example of that.
    I have tried just about everything and I'm still guaranteed for a flat each month. We have goat heads here that are made of titanium alloy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anewbike View Post
    I have tried just about everything and I'm still guaranteed for a flat each month. We have goat heads here that are made of titanium alloy.
    We have those too. I finally broke down and ponied up for some Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires last week. We'll see whether that makes any difference. Here's hoping.
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    I'm on my third set of Armadillos. I'm getting about 5500 miles out of each tire and I'm lucky to get one flat per tire.

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    I rode on Armadillos for years. No complaints about flat resistance. Never did get a puncture. But... yeow, the ride quality was very rough. Switched to ordinary Hemispheres to get better ride with reasonable flat resistance.

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    thanks for sharing. your bike sounds good got a picture?
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    one time i felt a thumping on my rear wheel. it was a nail embedded in the tire. i pulled it out-no air leak
    i use the panasela tour guide tires with the kevlar lining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobodyetal View Post
    We have those too. I finally broke down and ponied up for some Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires last week. We'll see whether that makes any difference. Here's hoping.
    Got a set of SMPs for my main commuter in May of '08. Also, a set for my ss which has since been converted to fg. Between the 2 sets of tires I've had 2 slow leaks and one flat. One of the slow leaks was on my ss front and I believe was a co-worker's joke as I never found the hole, re-used the tube and it held just fine.

    On my main commuter I've got over 23,000 commuter/utility miles on the front tire w/no flats. Still plenty of tread. Have just changed out my rear tire for the 3d time. Each of the previous 2 got 10,000+ each. When the 'blue' starts to show through it's time to change. One flat. One slow leak. Both on the rear. A 2" self-starting screw buried all the way in to the head for the flat. Had to remove it w/t phillips attachment on my multi-tool.

    We don't have goatheads here in TN and my commutes have been all on asphalt roads. Still, I ride in the 'stone zone' and have picked plenty of glass and wire shards out of my tires during routine maintenence inspections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anewbike View Post
    I have tried just about everything and I'm still guaranteed for a flat each month. We have goat heads here that are made of titanium alloy.
    Using the Conti Sport Contact 700x32c on my old road bike I had my first flat in quite a while. I small piece of wire got rammed through the protective belt. The wire was pretty thin and very stiff, perhaps from a disintegrating car or truck tire. I had to pull it out with pliers.

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    I just ordered a pair of freedom urban elite thickslicks. I'll let everyone know how well they work after I get them and put a few miles on them.

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