Thought it would be cool to hear from fellow cyclists about their favorite tire. The ones that get you there despite high mileage or road hazards.
Have a pair of Specialized Armadillo's on the road bike commuter. In the heart of goat head country, grew tired of tires that flatted if they came within ten feet of one of these dastardly stickers.
Plunked down the nearly C note on a pair, almost a year ago. (last August in fact) They were horrible at first. Felt like there were lead ingots strapped to my ankles. Eyes became Jell O from vibration over rough roads, blurring vision. Learned to speed up over the rough, to sort of float over it.
But the darn things got me there time and again without fail. About 2000 miles on them now.
Then last night, a stunning thing happened. The rear one got a flat.
After my initial shock, got to work. With the magnifiers riding the bridge of nose, took careful inspection. Many small cuts, and 7 stubs of goat heads just above level of rubber. Plucked 'em out with the ever handy Swiss army knife. I think the chosen tool was made to hook fish livers, but it worked wonders on embedded goat heads.
After deflation, and stripping of tube, the water test revealed only one puncture, with it's telltale steady stream of bubbles.
The seven stubs removed were in addition to the nearly countless noted and pulled out during normal rides, when they looked like a stuck pebble. Never once a hiss of escaping air. Happily patched the tube and am looking forward to future's journey.
Anyway I'm sold on these. Any other stories? Extra points if you reside with goat heads!