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Old 03-29-08, 08:36 AM   #1
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thorn resistant tubes

I just purchased those thorn resistant tubes without the slime(bontrager brand) and took a 30 mile bike ride,after the ride I pulled out 2 tiny shards of glass,normally I would have to fix the flat since I did not know when I picked those shards up.but with the thicker tubes it didnt penetrate.They work for me since I dont live anywhere near mountains or catus,the only problem is those tiny shards if glass,that if not removed in time will work its way to puncture the inner tubes.

As for rolling resistance,they are a little more heavier but in about 600 more miles I probably wont feel the difference due to more pedalling strength.

As for tire liners or spinskins I tried those spinskins made of vectran last year and riding not even 30 miles I got a flat and returned them.

I dont ride intentionally in glass that I am able to see,but riding in the street you do pick up a lot of crap in your tires mainly glass for alcoholics throwing their beer bottles out of the window from their cars
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Old 03-29-08, 10:08 AM   #2
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As for rolling resistance,they are a little more heavier but in about 600 more miles I probably wont feel the difference due to more pedalling strength.
I enjoy this line of reasoning. I went with a highly puncture resistant tire instead, though. For 6 months to a year I almost always pulled my son in his trailer when I rode. When I wasn't pulling the trailer I could pedal like whoa.

Can you effectively patch a thorn resistant tube? I don't think I've ever used one.

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A thorn resistant tube (not slimed) patches just like any other.

After a nasty series of flats, I tried some brand or other of tire liners. I picked up a goat head, and it worked its way around the liner and into the tube. Fascinating! My current theory involves the puncture resistant tire. It seems like anything that lets a foreign object come in contact with the tube, of whatever design, is going to cause a flat.
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I use thorn resistant tubes and Gatorskins. Haven't flatted with that combo yet.
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I use thorn resistant tubes and Gatorskins. Haven't flatted with that combo yet.
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Yes I do. I'm not too worried. I still remember how to fix a flat(damn mountain bikes), and a year and a half is a pretty good run even if I just spoiled it.
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schwalbe is the best for puncture resistance. liners themselves can cause flats as the ends can pinch tubes.
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Buy decent tires, keep your PSI at the correct level, and all should be good. Armadillo elites with any tube would be a wise choice.
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