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Old 06-04-07, 11:02 PM
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best tires and best tire-tubes for glass/nails/etc

Hi,

I have to ride daily to and from work about 3 miles one way, from a fairly ghetto place in Seattle to downtown. Previously, I have had to get a new tube every two weeks or so. It is not that I seek out glass, nails, metal shards...rather, they seem to be invisible. Even if I did see them, half the time I am in traffic, and am not going to "hard left" into the arrogant son of a ... driving his Beamer on my left.

So my question: what is the absolute hardiest tire and inner tube I can get?

Although I mainly use my bike in this "urban jungle" environment, I do from time to time take it out for fresh air in the wilderness, so I would prefer something not city-specific.
Forgive me, I am a cycling ignoramus---but I think I remember that when I used to more seriously road bike, there was kevlar tire tubes? Is that true with mountain bikes as well?

Well, please let me know the best one could get in such situation. I am not wealthy by any means, so cost is a factor. Also, it might be important to note that I have to purchase a new bike---my Trek 3700 was stolen from its bike rack this last Thursday (sob); it appears that certain bikes' tires/wheels can only go so big? If so, should I be looking at certain bicycles as well to improve my chances with the glass/nails?

Allright, thanks for your patience.
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Old 06-04-07, 11:24 PM
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Tire liners might be the ticket:

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...re+Liners.aspx

There are a few companies that make tire liners.
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Old 06-05-07, 04:43 AM
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Originally Posted by ihavezippers

So my question: what is the absolute hardiest tire and inner tube I can get?
Slicks or knobbies?
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Old 06-05-07, 09:15 AM
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Sorry, I am too much of a noob to know exactly what that means. Given my noob-ness, I would guess you are talking about the tire-type. I defintely like a knob-like tire over a slick. In addition to functioning much better in a real outdoors environment, slicks seem to offer no protection against sharp objects in the road.
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Old 06-05-07, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by ihavezippers
slicks seem to offer no protection against sharp objects in the road.
If you want slicks, get the Schwalbe marathon plus. My wife put them on her commuter and hasn't had a flat since.
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Old 06-05-07, 09:32 AM
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Thanks Myster(c)y,
I think I am going with knobs if I understand the distinction correctly.
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specialized armadillos are good too for commuters. Very very puncture resistant. I've heard good things about the schwalbe big apple too.
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Originally Posted by misterC
If you want slicks, get the Schwalbe marathon plus. My wife put them on her commuter and hasn't had a flat since.
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