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Old 08-18-15, 01:25 PM
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Puncture proof tyres!

Got a slow one a month ago, so decided to have ago and fix it, along with a spoke replacent to help out the neighbouring heroes which had taken the extra strain over the past year. Got a new innertube, since that was perished, and did the job. Pumped up ye tyre and left it overnight.

The rest can be guessed. Damn. Worse than that. It wasnt the tyre which is an Innova which I cant buy in the UK directly. But it needs replacing anyway. By a better man than me.

Any tyre suggestions please? Its a 700 by 25C. . . . and I want it to be bloody durable!
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Old 08-18-15, 01:37 PM
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captive air foam inner tubes* never go flat but its like riding an O ring . tires like that inspired one Mr Dunlop, in the 1800's
to invent the pneumatic tyre.

* A common user is wheelchairs.

alternative: Heavy Thorn resistant inner tubes , but you may also hate the weight. there is thick rubber in those .

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Old 08-18-15, 01:39 PM
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Hard to install and not in anyway supple, these Schwalbe tires are the toughest and most flat resistant pneumatic tire available.

Marathon Plus 440, 25-622, Black-Reflex, Wire | Schwalbe North America
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I am gravitating to Micheling Pro4 Endurance tires. So far so good.

I used to use tire liners ... they did help prevent flats, but made tire changing a PITA.

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Old 08-18-15, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
Hard to install and not in anyway supple, these Schwalbe tires are the toughest and most flat resistant pneumatic tire available.

Marathon Plus 440, 25-622, Black-Reflex, Wire | Schwalbe North America
I have Marathon plus tires on most of the fleet. Have not found them to be particularly hard to install. Can't remember the last time I had a puncture flat. It's been years.
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Marathon plus are pretty much indestructible, I've toured on two sets of them for a total of over 10000 miles with one puncture. They come in 700x25mm, and I have a set of those on my singlespeed for just riding around town - means I don't need to carry tyre levers spare tubes etc. They are quite heavy, though, and their stiff sidewalls make them a fairly firm ride. If that isn't important to you, they're a great product.
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Old 08-18-15, 02:38 PM
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After a less than successful run with tubeless tires I have recently started running these. TUFO C Elite Ride 25 - Tubular clinchers RACING I really like the concept of tubular clinchers and the feel of the ride is nice but I don't think the rolling resistance is very good. I don't have many miles on them yet.
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Given a choice between the solid foam described above and a Marathon Plus, I'll take the foam; it gives a nicer ride.

A tire can be flat resistant and not ride like rubber epoxied onto concrete. I generally have thrown on whatever I get on sale (Michelin Pro4, Conti 4-Season, or whatever) and usually wear the rubber to the cords before I get a flat. Lately I've been going for some wider tires and I'll be surprised if anything can penetrate a tire with the psi so low.
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Actually, I can't guess the rest. There are at least 10 things which could have gone wrong.
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The darned thing was flat next day. . .innertube split. Not due to penetration.
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
Hard to install and not in anyway supple, these Schwalbe tires are the toughest and most flat resistant pneumatic tire available.

Marathon Plus 440, 25-622, Black-Reflex, Wire | Schwalbe North America
+1 to their flat resistance. Maybe a little harder to install but absolutely doable.

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Old 08-19-15, 10:51 AM
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The Marathon tyres weigh such a lot . . .I eventually sent for a Gator which sounds OK and was on special offer . . . .wi free delivery. Puts a smile on an ole fellas face! Ta for all the advice . . .Now, I look forward to fitting . . that may wipe the smile off me . . .
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Our tandem has had a set of Marathon Supremes (20"/406 and 26"/559) on for a year/1000+ miles - no flats and don't remember seeing any little punctures or bits of debris embedded in the tire surface, either. I try to check for that either before or after every ride. The Supremes are said to be less puncture-proof than the Pluses but are lighter, more supple, etc. Cost too much but I have inexpensive tires on my other bikes so it evens out.
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I've gone thru the typical range of road tires, mostly light weight high performance tires and for the roads where I live my experience has been that flats are just as likely to happen with any of the tires. Although I've never ridden the Schwalbe Marathon Supreme's (I don't have a bike with room for them) a friend has on his hybrid. He bought them specifically for their reputation to be "puncture proof". So the first day he rode along as many shoulders as he could until, not surprisingly, he got a flat. The shop offered his money back, but he decided to smarten up and ride where the thorns don't hide. For me, to pay extra $ for a tire that is supposedly more flat resistant doesn't make sense. I'll just buy a couple more tubes over the life of the tire.
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