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Old 11-04-14, 08:43 AM
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Puncture resistant tires

I'm looking for some good puncture resistant tires for my commuter. 26x1.95 Preferably some that are fairly affordable. Any suggestions fellow commuters?
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Not sure of the price of these but if puncture resistance is important to you, these would fit the bill nicely.

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I just swapped out 2.0 Kojaks for 1.75 Vittoria randonneur cross as a winter tire. They have a reputation for being very puncture resistant, and I did run over a broken bottle hidden in leaves without any ill effect. A touch slower than the Kojaks, much quiter on pavement, and more sure footed in traction challenged conditions.

$35 each at REI, they are half the price of the Schwalbes.
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Ok and what about tubes?
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You can go ghetto and buy any tire that's cheap (as I do on my 26" MTB). Coupled with thick thorn proof tubes you should be good to go. Check these out:

Amazon.com : Kenda K847 Kross + Wire Bead Bicycle Tire, Blackwall, 26-Inch x 1.95-Inch : Bike Tires : Sports & Outdoors
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You can go ghetto and buy any tire that's cheap (as I do on my 26" MTB). Coupled with thick thorn proof tubes you should be good to go. Check these out:

Amazon.com : Kenda K847 Kross + Wire Bead Bicycle Tire, Blackwall, 26-Inch x 1.95-Inch : Bike Tires : Sports & Outdoors
What tube do you recommend?
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Marathon supreme, did a couple thousand miles on them with no flats. Then I switched bikes.

Last time I said this I got a flat on my current 700x28 marathon supremes though, so any ideas on how to placate the Fickle Flat Gods?
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Marathon supreme, did a couple thousand miles on them with no flats.
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I've got about 3300 miles on my 700x35 Marathon Supremes. I had two flats recently that I think may have been at least partly because I got complacent about checking them over regularly for embedded debris. After the second flat I took a close look and pulled out a couple metal shards and a good bit of glass in addition to the bit of wire that caused the flat. I always track down the cause of a flat when it happens, but when it doesn't happen for a long time I get lazy about looking for things the tire stopped that are still trying to work their way through.

The Marathon Supremes are expensive but they've already given me 50% more miles than I usually get out of tires. If you don't mind extra weight and stiffness, the Marathon Plus is cheaper, more puncture resistant and even more durable.
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I've got about 3300 miles on my 700x35 Marathon Supremes. I had two flats recently that I think may have been at least partly because I got complacent about checking them over regularly for embedded debris. After the second flat I took a close look and pulled out a couple metal shards and a good bit of glass in addition to the bit of wire that caused the flat. I always track down the cause of a flat when it happens, but when it doesn't happen for a long time I get lazy about looking for things the tire stopped that are still trying to work their way through.

The Marathon Supremes are expensive but they've already given me 50% more miles than I usually get out of tires. If you don't mind extra weight and stiffness, the Marathon Plus is cheaper, more puncture resistant and even more durable.
And the marathon plus comes in 700x25, which would let me use fenders...hmm. I might switch. Supreme's don't come smaller than 28.
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And the marathon plus comes in 700x25, which would let me use fenders...hmm. I might switch. Supreme's don't come smaller than 28.
You just need a new bike with more tire clearance.
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Something I noticed, even some of the really low end tires are claiming to be puncture resistant. If a tire contains rubber, then it is "made with rubber for puncture resistance." And so forth. So, I think that the pursuit of a puncture resistant tire requires reading the fine print to see how puncture resistance is actually achieved. The more reputable brands are probably less vulnerable to these kinds of marketing tactics.
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You just need a new bike with more tire clearance.
My budget doesn't support n+1.

But, yes. I do. And longer chain stays, I want to use panniers without heel strike, dammit.
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I highly recommend Marathon Plus... worth every penny.
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I'm looking for some good puncture resistant tires for my commuter. 26x1.95 Preferably some that are fairly affordable. Any suggestions fellow commuters?
I'm using 26 by 1.95 Continental Touring Plus, $22 ea, on The Rig. I've used puncture resistant Contis since 2006 (8-1/2 years ago) - which, incidentally, was when I had my last flat tire. BTW I live in the Goathead Capitol of the World lol. If you like some tread, go with the Touring Plus; if you want (almost) slicks, use the SportCONTACT. I'm not sure the SportCONTACT comes as wide as 1.95 tho, but definitely the Touring Plus does.
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What tube do you recommend?

You can get (fairly) cheap TP tubes from Wal mart. These I use on my fair weather MTB.

On my bike equipped for ice, there are Specialized TP tubes... these things are true beasts. They almost stand up on their own with no air added. I don't know how much they cost as they came with a used bike...
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Marathon supreme, did a couple thousand miles on them with no flats. Then I switched bikes.

Last time I said this I got a flat on my current 700x28 marathon supremes though, so any ideas on how to placate the Fickle Flat Gods?
Have a little shrine next to where you park your bike. Put all the objects that caused flats in the past placed within. When the seasons change make burnt offerings. My favorites are big piles of goatheads. Have a fire extiguisher handy.
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Have a little shrine next to where you park your bike. Put all the objects that caused flats in the past placed within. When the seasons change make burnt offerings. My favorites are big piles of goatheads. Have a fire extiguisher handy.
Man, I'm a lapsed Catholic. I should totally have a shrine to Our Lady of Ghisallo(patron saint of cycling) and a stash of votive candles. St. Jude(Hopeless causes) and St. Christopher(traveling), too. That should cover it.

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My budget doesn't support n+1.

But, yes. I do. And longer chain stays, I want to use panniers without heel strike, dammit.
Axiom streamliner racks are designed to eliminate heel strike. Mine works.
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Axiom streamliner racks are designed to eliminate heel strike. Mine works.
Hmm, that swoopy indirect mount might offset things far enough back. Do you use one? How far back&up from the skewer does it mount(or eyelet, depending on how you have it mounted), and how far above the wheel?
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Man, I'm a lapsed Catholic. I should totally have a shrine to Our Lady of Ghisallo(patron saint of cycling) and a stash of votive candles. St. Jude(Hopeless causes) and St. Christopher(traveling), too. That should cover it.
Nice.. although my preference leans towards the heathen side of things. We get to make up stuff on the fly! At least you guys get to burn stuff too.
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