Bike touring webrarian
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA
Bikes: I tour on a Waterford Adventurecycle. It is a fabulous touring bike.
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Replace tire or wait?
I ordered a new Schwalbe Marathon Plus for my back tire. I had a week to wait until it was delivered.
In the meantime, I took a ride and noticed a thumping coming from the rear tire. On further inspection, I saw a round hole in the tire. The only reason the tube was still good was the tube saver that I inserted between the tire and the tube.
I was too far away from home to trust that the tire would hold. However, I happen to be across the street from the REI store in Corte Madera, I happen to have $20 on the bike, and REI happen to have a cheap tire that I could buy. The only bad part was that it was a 700x32cc tire and I normally use a 700x28cc tire.
Two days after that ride, I picked up my Schwalbe tire (700x28).
My question is this: Should I keep the cheap 700x32 tire on the bike and replace it when it wears out or should I switch over to the Schwalbe now and keep the cheap 700x32 tire in reserve?
For what it is worth, I don't plan any touring until May, 2007.