So I recently got a pair of Mavic CXP22's and 700x25 Continental Gatorskins. The tires are SUPER tight. I manage to get one tire on with a lot of time and energy, but the second tire just wouldn't go on after an hour of wrestling with it and lots of blistered hands. Has anyone else had this problem? I figured this would be a popular tire/rim combo. I do have 17mm velox tape, could that be the problem?
I don't think I want to ride such tight tires because when I get a flat on the road, it'll be near impossible to change out. What are good alternatives to gatorskins that wouldn't be so tight on my rim? I'm looking for flat protection but also a relatively comfortable ride.