Looking through tour logs and You Tube videos, there's one all-too-familiar refrain: "Here's Joe outside Buffalo, fixing a flat." "Here's Nigel in Leeds, repairing a puncture." etc. etc. Every tour seems to be plagued with tire and tube failures, and everyone here seems to think nothing of it. But I wonder: Why can't bike tires and tubes be reliable? Car tires carry tons of metal thousands of miles at 80 miles an hour and almost never fail. I haven't changed a car tire in 30 years. Bike tires, it seems, can't carry 200 pounds down a country lane without pooping out. Are there ANY decent bike tires?
BTW, has anyone tried those foam-filled non-pneumatic tires? Are they any good at all? I must say, I find the whole thing rather ... er, deflating.