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Old 07-30-08, 10:22 AM
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Not too impressed yet with my new Armadillo. Last week i went through small patch of goatheads. i knew that my front tire would get blasted (old MTB slickasaurus) but i thought that my 1 month old rear Armadillo should have prevailed. Nope. i got two flats, both on the center bead. i am now on the hunt for a different puncture resistant tire for the front.
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I don't think any bicycle tire can resist goatheads.
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Old 07-30-08, 11:31 AM
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SLO? I commute there too... from Morro Bay to Calpoly. I've got 1000+ miles without a flat (knock on wood). Where did you run into the goatheads? I've yet to see them on the roads.
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I don't think any bicycle tire can resist goatheads.
+1 but cyclists can learn to avoid them...
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I had the same issue last week. With still getting flats and the reduced ride quality I may swap it out.
Either that or add something else to the tire to prevent flats. Tuffy tire liners or thorn proof tubes
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I've heard switching to Stan's tubeless system helps against goat heads. I'd also recommend Armadillos or Gatorskins with Mr. Tuffy liners, or slime tubes.
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FWIW, I've had goatheads puncture both Gatorskins and Armadillos. The nice thing is that the holes they make are always small enough that no boot is required for the tire, just a new/patched tube.
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Dang plant was designed in the lowest reaches of hell by satan himself.
They hurt my feet, my tires, my dogs paws, etc.

They have punctured every tire I have ever owned.
-- vitorria randoneur tires (I think)
-- tserve for messenger
-- gatorskins
-- grand prix 4000
-- armadillos

I suppose I could try a marathon tire but I like 700X23s and I think they come in 700X28s at the minimum.
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Similar to the marathon plus they do have a schwalbe stelvio plus road tire out. 700x23 or 700x25
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I purchased a Marathon Plus in January '08 in 700 x 25
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Originally Posted by JMRobertson View Post
SLO? I commute there too... from Morro Bay to Calpoly. I've got 1000+ miles without a flat (knock on wood). Where did you run into the goatheads? I've yet to see them on the roads.
Hey JM, that sure is a pretty commute. i ran into the goatheads while walking my bike between a neighbor's gate and fence. i wanted to warn him of a pending W. African dance BBQ that we were gunna have. No good deed goes unpunished...
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