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Old 10-30-12, 08:29 AM   #1
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Opinions on puncture resistant tire/tube combo.

Got a new bike with Continental Sport Contact 700X28 tires on Vuelta Zerolites 700c rims with airfoil spokes.

My rides go over mostly paved roads, including some minor sand/gravel, and frequent encounters with glass and thorns, vicious thorns.

Preventive thinking has me looking at a puncture resistant tire/tube combo and the Continental Ultra Gatorskins or Schwalbe Marathon Plus with Sunlite thorn resistant tubes look interesting.

Slime tubes are out as I've had negative experiences with them.

Any opinions very much appreciated.
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Old 10-30-12, 10:43 AM   #2
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Have you considered tire liners? I like them, because they really add no noticeable mass to the wheel, but allow me to run the tire I prefer and not worry about punctures.
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Old 10-30-12, 12:18 PM   #3
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I use Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires, and thorn resistant tubes,

my bike choice is wider tired than yours.. for daily riding..

but for JRA, you can cope with a heavier tire/tube combination, Perhaps, (?)

the Aero gadget wheels may be a contradiction when you fit heavy tires/tubes.

maybe you just need to get NASCAR quick on puncture repairs..

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Old 10-30-12, 05:14 PM   #4
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For what it's worth, my current theory has me resisting punctures with the tires; not liners or tubes. I'm using Schwalbe double defense marathons, and haven't had a puncture in years. It's hard to know whether some other combination would work better or worse. There's still such a thing as luck and care.
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Old 10-30-12, 05:34 PM   #5
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In 2011, riding 5,600 miles between our tandem and my single bike had exactly one flat.
Note, did not say 'puncture' . . . an old patch came loose and had to be replaced.
We use standard inner tubes and Maxxis Re-Fuse folding tires 700x25s 120 PSI.
We live in the desert, ride road only; lots of the usual detritus + loads of cactus thorns and bits of steel on the road from torn up steel belted car/truck tires and occasional goatheads.
Just our input/experienbce.
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Old 10-31-12, 08:38 AM   #6
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Thank you all. I need to look into tire liners, never heard of them before.
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