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Bikes: Old steel GT's, for touring and commuting
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Originally Posted by Telly
Sometimes there are situations where tire liners are the only solution in beefing up a flat prone tire.
I've recently changed to Maxxis Detonator tires which are a perfect fit for my type of riding and commute, but are notorious for flats because of the very soft compound. Since I'm overweight, I have to run these tires at maximum pressure (100 psi) which means that any type of slime solution is out of the question, so I'm looking at installing tire liners.
Would this type of setup work, or would I end up having more flat's because of the edges of the liners?
Back when I was 210 pounds I used to run tire liners with cheap tires. I don't recall getting more than a flat or two because of the liners (think I got the tube pinched) and my flat incidents from roadside debris went WAY down. I didn't even sand the edges on mine (but you should), but I did hold them in place with a bit of duct tape at each end. As mentioned, it takes a little finesse and learning to get everything in place in the tire.
I weigh more than that now, but have moved on to expensive tires with the flat protection built in (Panaracer T-Serv Pro-Tex's and Vittoria Randoneur Pros), but am tempted to remount the Mr. Tuffy's to get the rest of the life out of a couple of tires that started to get flats because they got sore tore up from all the tiny sharp rocks and shards of glass.
I don't know how much they cost in Greece, but I seem to recall Mr. Tuffy's going for less 10 dollars for a set. IMO worth a try with your tires.
Last edited by Medic Zero; 02-08-14 at 12:12 AM.