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Old 11-13-05, 04:56 PM   #1
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Got another FLAT!

Okay I wasn't sure what to search under and tried "best 27" tire" and come up with nothing....so I'll ask.

I have 27 x 1/8" tires on my bike and have gotten two flats in one week! I live in an urban environment with lots of idiots/drunks breaking glass all over the streets. Now...is there any tire that will help at least run over some glass and not immediatly get a flat? would be nice to get them at nashbar if there are any good 27" tires there. please let me know...
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Old 11-13-05, 05:35 PM   #2
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try pasela's, and toss some mr. tuffies in there
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Old 11-13-05, 05:44 PM   #3
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I see Gatorskins are now available in 27" (and 26... is that new for this year?) as is the Armadillo. The Armadillo is absolutely bomb proof, but heavy and feels a little sluggish. The Conti is a much lighter and livelier tire while still sporting decent flat protection. I would recommend it over the Specialized.
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Old 11-13-05, 05:45 PM   #4
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make sure you keep your tires properly inflated too.
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Old 11-13-05, 05:50 PM   #5
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mr. tuffies. boise has a **** ton of goatheads, not to mention i live behind a couple of bars, so there's always broken glass around. got tire liners in addition to the slime tubes and haven't had a problem in months.
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Old 12-12-05, 05:25 AM   #6
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I have Continental Gatorskins, and am currently getting a flat about every 20 miles! Bike has nearly been in the trash several times. Anyone know where I can get some 27" Armadillos?
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Old 12-12-05, 05:27 AM   #7
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Do you know where I can get the Armadillo in 27"
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Old 12-12-05, 06:57 AM   #8
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mr. tuffies. boise has a **** ton of goatheads, not to mention i live behind a couple of bars, so there's always broken glass around. got tire liners in addition to the slime tubes and haven't had a problem in months.
i had slime tubes for a while, i didn't like them to much cause they would clog up the valve and get my pump all nasty. i think they're best for fatter (MTB) tires.

do you have clincher rims. if you do you can use these: http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename= they pump up to 120PSI. it doesn't say on the site that you need clinchers, but im sure you do.

this one's pretty good too: http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=
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Do you know where I can get the Armadillo in 27"
i feel armadillos are slugish aswell, and they are supper hard to put on and take off.
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Old 12-12-05, 08:44 AM   #10
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I use the sport 1000. I've gotten one pinch flat from a pothole that snuck up on me in the dark. I don't get many flats, so I can't claim that is great performance, but then pinch flats happen especially with narrower tires, and I couldn't swear I ahd 100 pis in the tire at the time.
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Old 12-12-05, 08:45 AM   #11
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sluggish, yes, hard to take on and off, yes, ever get a flat with them, NO.

you can get them directly from their website.
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Old 12-12-05, 09:38 AM   #12
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Armadillos are horrible tires. Slow, horrible road feel, and poorly constructed (had two sets which where the casing was out of round enough to make the tires "jump" in spots).

IMO, a new set of Gatorskins, properly inflated, would be your best bet.
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Just a thought... I was having a bad series of flats last month until I finally did a little forensic investigation, i.e. compared the failure in the tube to the tire and rim to see what caused it. I just assumed that it was glass or nails or something.

Turns out, my rimstrip had a nasty gash in it. A double-coating of electrical tape around the rim has since kept my tube flat-free. Make sure you know what is causing your flats before you diagnose them.
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Just a thought... I was having a bad series of flats last month until I finally did a little forensic investigation, i.e. compared the failure in the tube to the tire and rim to see what caused it. I just assumed that it was glass or nails or something.

Turns out, my rimstrip had a nasty gash in it. A double-coating of electrical tape around the rim has since kept my tube flat-free. Make sure you know what is causing your flats before you diagnose them.
you should try hockey tape, works great
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medical tape works well too.
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Do NOT ride Conti 1000. I have never flatted more, ever.

IRC Triathalons are bulletproof. They have an ugly tan sidewall, but they wont leave you walking. Super cheap, too. I think I got them $12 bucks each at Nashbar.
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Old 12-12-05, 09:17 PM   #17
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I'm going to throw this out just for the record. Sometimes you just have a streak of bad luck and are destined to have three flats in a row. I am usually really lucky and never have issues with flats and I ride throughout all of LA, through all sorts of stuff, and I happen to buy whatever tire I can get my hands on, but a few months ago I had my streak of bad luck and went though three tubes in three days, two weeks in a row.

Since then life has been good. Don't be too down on your tires until you know for sure that's what you're up against.
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Nashbar has THESE for a good price. Add another vote for Mr. Tuffy as well. When I was commuting in Portland, they saved me from many a glass flat. They are worth the weight penalty for urban cruising.

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yeah, sometimes you just have badluck....just recently i flatted my rear tire, got a tube to replace the old one, and my first ride on it, the front went flat. that was a week or two ago, and it's been fine since, and i had one flat in the 4 omnths before. sometimes it's just bad luck

as far as the guy who said he doesn't like slime tubes, i've never had that problem...worst was when i overinflated the tube and it exploded...i had a bunch to clean up...i think they help. i don't want to just get a regular tube and see how that works, mostly because i suck at patching tubes. really badly.
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thanks for taking the time to reply, but it's gatorskins that are currently causing me grief. Yet another this morning. Back tyre again. In the middle of the tread, nice neat hole through the seam of the tube. I am becoming a fully paid up member of the "two spare tubes and repair outfit" brigade. Who knows in a few years I might end up like some people I know with a whole workshop in a roll on the back next to the bivvi and flea bags!
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