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    Legs; OK! Lungs; not! bobthib's Avatar
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    A new ride! Well, kinda.

    After riding on Specialized Armadillos (23 front, 25 back) for two years and about 2K+ mi with no flats, the rear tire revealed a lot of the kevlar bead after an emergency stop. I put on a 25c Michelin Pro in the interium, and while it rode smooth, I got 2 flats in a week.

    Most of my riding is with my grandson as stoker and the baby in a Kiddie trailer, at about 10 mph on the sidewalk. The last think I want to do is get a lot of flats when I'm picking up my grandson from school.

    The rest of my rides are 20 - 40 mi a wk with my honey. We can keep a C+/B- pace and while no one like flats, our group will stop.

    So my new ride is the 28s off of my wife's bike running at 90 psi. They are some cheap Kenda's that came on her bike. I've beefed up with some tire liners. I'm hoping that these will perhaps be as fast (or slow, really) as the 'dillos, and a smoother ride, and hopefully almost as puncuture proof.

    The first ride will be my usual 10 - 14 mi ride to pick up Tyler at school and ride back to my house.

    Time will tell...
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    Senior Member zonatandem's Avatar
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    We've had great luck with Maxxis Re-Fuse 700x25.
    Run them on our tandem and on Rudy's racing bke.
    In 2011 hd ONE puncture in 5,600 miles of pedaling. Tires wore out before flatting!

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    If you've had good luck with the Specialized Armadillos, I'd stick with them. They are great tires. If you want something else, check out the Continental Gator Skins. We ride the Gator Skins in a 700x28.
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    Gatorskins work pretty good. Being in a similar geographic location as the OP, I know we see a lot of wear during summer months from the additional heat softening the rubber.

    Also, while tough when new, once worn a bit, they are much easier to flat with what should be insignificant stuff.

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    I agree with the Gatorskin at 28mm. It is a good all all around tire. While not the smoothest ride, it is a tough tire that is a pretty fast tire. Does well with small glass bits and goat head thorns. We did have to be careful to adequately inflate them prevent any bulge that would expose the sidewalls to road debris.

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    Maxxis-refuse are good road tires that like the 100 psi range.

    Have had them on mine and gone through some rough stuff and still no flats.

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    Many here recommend the Continental Gatorskins but most tire reviews I've seen prefer the Continental Grand Prix 4 Seasons which is what we switched to last year in size 700x28 after having a rear tire blowout with the GP4000 700X25 we ran for a year+. So far so good with the GP 4 seasons. They don't have the fantastic road feel of the GP4000S but they should be more durable.

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    We run our Maxxis ReFuse on our tandem at 120 PSI (as listed on the sidewall).

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    We've been very pleased with Kenda Kwest tires with Stop Flats2 liners.
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