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Old 08-30-07, 08:53 PM   #1
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Touring Tires/Bontrager

I have a Trek 7.2 (hybrid) that I have turned into a touring rig used mostly on smooth rails to trails (crushed limestone) and pavement for unsupported touring with ultralight camping equipment. I have done this in the past on a mountain bike. I mainly do overnights on weekends with possibly a week long trip now and then. This is also my only bike. I weigh 195 and my gear comes in at about 25 pounds normally, all carried on the rear rack/saddlebags.

My question is about the tires. It came with Bontrager Select Invert Aramid HD 700x35 tires. They seem to work well, except for too many flats (mostly from glass on roads). What would be other options for a more puncture resistant tire? I occasionally have to travel down slightly rougher gravel roads for short distances to reach campgrounds, etc. Does anyone have a recommendation?

Thanks ahead of time. I have read many posts here; some day I would love to cross the US (on a better suited bike). I'm just training and having fun now! I really enjoy the bike and ride it everyday. I never thought I would ever get back into bike camping but I have. Backpacking is my first love.

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Old 08-30-07, 11:57 PM   #2
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Schwalbe Marathon
Check the XR type.
Yesterday we met a couple that rode from France to Israel 5000km with Schwalbe Marathon XR and they said they had just one flat! And this flat was on non road very bad surface.
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Old 08-31-07, 10:01 AM   #3
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Hi, my wife rides the 7.2 Fx WSD and she has Schwalbe marathon plus tires, several thousand km's and no flat. More details check out are page.
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Schwalbe Marathon
Check the XR type.
Yesterday we met a couple that rode from France to Israel 5000km with Schwalbe Marathon XR and they said they had just one flat! And this flat was on non road very bad surface.
We started out on Vredestein Spider tyres and they lasted us nearly 12,000km without a single flat, mostly on paved roads in Europe but also including some pistes and rough roads in Morocco. For the last 4,000km or so we've been on the Marathon XRs (we couldn't find any Vredestein Spider tyres for sale when we had to replace them) and no problems at all so far with those either. We often run over glass, not deliberately but sometimes you just can't avoid it in towns, and not a single flat. I am amazed, and also waiting for the day down the road when karma comes back to bite us and we get 6 flats in a single day!! Once I did notice a tiny piece of metal, kind of like a pin, stuck partway into the tyre but I got it out before it caused a problem.
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