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Old 08-08-20, 08:44 AM
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Hey guys Iím a new rider, I recently bought a Vintage Giant RS950 road bike and while riding my back tire went flat. I donít know what kind of tires to get but I know they are 700x25c. Do you guys have any recommendations?? Also I read somewhere about an inner tube ? I donít know this whole thing is confusing but I look forward to the advice
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Old 08-08-20, 10:21 AM
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Welcome to the Bike Forums ! Flats happen You need to remove the wheel and tire and repair the flat. Probably the tire picked up a nail or something and it penetrated the tube. I would watch the instructions from videos on line how to do the repairs. Park Tools has some great ones. I would get the basic tools, and a couple of spare inner tubes for your 25C tires. Also a patch kit for the tubes. It is nice to simply repalce the tube with a new one but the patch repairs work OK. One thing to thnk about is the abllity to repair the flat out on the road. I always carry a spare tube and repair tools, (plastic levers for removing and reinstalling the tire on the rim) a small tire pump. If I get a flat on the road I just put in the new tube then when I get home I patch the tube with the puncture with a patch kit and save it for a spare. Congratulations on your Giant RS950 bike ! You will enjoy many miles on it.
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Old 08-08-20, 10:40 AM
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My tire recs are as follows:

1) Pirelli P Zero Velo, my #1 in this case because they last long enough and are extremely easy to put on and take off. Really excellent tire, fast, supple.
2) Conti 5000, fast, durable, but harder to get on and off.
3) Vittoria Corsa 2.0, fast, easy to get on, durable, insanely stable at speed.
4) Vittoria Rubino Pro 2.0, inexpensive, durable, decently fast

You can get these online at a variety of places but Excel Sports has them in sets for basically half what a local shop charges.

As for tubes, Continental tubes are the way to go.

If you are worried about the difficulty of changing tires yourself, get the Pirelli tires and watch a YouTube on changing tires.

Tires are the easiest and cheapest way to improve a bike, so donít go cheap on tires. It isnít worth riding are garbage tires.

Also get your wheels trued up.

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Old 08-08-20, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by AquaXIII View Post
Hey guys I’m a new rider, I recently bought a Vintage Giant RS950 road bike and while riding my back tire went flat. I don’t know what kind of tires to get but I know they are 700x25c. Do you guys have any recommendations?? Also I read somewhere about an inner tube ? I don’t know this whole thing is confusing but I look forward to the advice
Unless the tire is damaged, just the tube needs replacement or patching.
You can get a tube that says it's for 25c or less. It will stretch. Don't try using a tube sized larger than the tire.
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Old 08-08-20, 03:02 PM
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schwalbe marathon plus, get the 28c or 32c
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Old 08-08-20, 05:46 PM
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25 is probably the limit on that frame and itís cutting it close with how tires mount these days
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Old 08-08-20, 06:12 PM
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It'll be mentioned in the videos, but it's worth mentioning again because it is important: While replacing the damaged tube, check around inside the tire for any sharp items which might still be lodged in the tread. A lesson I learned the hard way back when I lived in a city which used cinders on the roads in the winter. I got a lot of flats.
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