I bought a Specialized Sequoia road bike about a year ago, as I mentioned in the introductions forum. the Sequoia has been a great bike, but I started having flats and tire problems lately. I went a while before having flat problems, but when they came they came in droves. Recently an original tire on my Sequoia became warped and I changed it before a long ride with a standard Bontrager that was available at a nearby shop. This week I go to ride my bike and I get it out of the very hot garage. The remaining original tire is actually ripped open (blowout style - in the middle of the tread) for an inch or 2 - looks like it exploded or Jack the Ripper got to it. I had pumped it up to 120 lbs (700 X 25) for last week's ride. The garage is well over 100 degrees with daytime temps over 95 here in SE Louisiana. Have you ever seen similar problems with the original tires on a Specialized bike?
I also had two thorn-proof tubes leak and become useless due to rips where the valve stem joins the tube. One of those problems left me stranded walking home 8 miles in 95 degree heat.
I have some questions and would appreciate any advice on the following points:
- I am wondering if it is wise (or even possible) to move up from my 700x25 to the next size (700x28) and would that allow a tougher tire (my wife's 700x32 hybrid tires never get flats)?
- I am considering either Armadillo or Gator Skin tires to reduce flats.
- Any other advice about durable tires, tubes, etc.
I like going fast just like anyone, but I used to enjoy never getting flats on my mountain bike. All that has changed lately.
Thanks for any help that is provided.