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Old 04-17-15, 12:10 PM
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Puncture resistant tyre

Hello,

Got two flats in a week. I check my current tyres and I can see multiple place were it is badly cut (didn't cut the fibers - the thing that hold the tube). The vitora pro aren't cutting it for the spring road. I can see glass on the ground. Normally I get to the school to find the tyre flat when returning home. One option would be to leave a tube and a kit to replace the tube.
The other would be to get more adapted tyre. I was thinking getting bigger tyre but the rear mud guard is very close to the tyre and make contact with road vibration. Using a bigger tyre (28+) is too big with the mud guard

I am planning to change the mud guard but with the finals coming I guess it is going to wait a bit. I might also completely change the bike since it is quite old.

So new tyre or bigger tyre? Both? How happy are you with ''puncture resistant'' tyres?
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Old 04-17-15, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by mooder View Post
Hello,

Got two flats in a week. I check my current tyres and I can see multiple place were it is badly cut (didn't cut the fibers - the thing that hold the tube). The vitora pro aren't cutting it for the spring road. I can see glass on the ground. Normally I get to the school to find the tyre flat when returning home. One option would be to leave a tube and a kit to replace the tube.
The other would be to get more adapted tyre. I was thinking getting bigger tyre but the rear mud guard is very close to the tyre and make contact with road vibration. Using a bigger tyre (28+) is too big with the mud guard

I am planning to change the mud guard but with the finals coming I guess it is going to wait a bit. I might also completely change the bike since it is quite old.

So new tyre or bigger tyre? Both? How happy are you with ''puncture resistant'' tyres?
I have ridden Victoria Rubino Pros for years and never had a flat. I probably just jinxed myself but it is true. I keep my pressure at 110 and ride 25's as opposed to 23's. I read a lot about people who get flats often and I simply assume that the reason is where they ride and the quality of the road. I ride in N. Fla and S. Ga and I have either been really lucky or our road quality is really good and not littered as much.
The truth is that there truly is no such thing as puncture proof tires. The puncture resistant tires are better at protecting against them but they are not immune to flats. I am sure that there are people here that swear by certain tires but truly I have found most of them to be pretty good when it comes to puncture resistance.
Are you on a road bike? What size tires are you using? Do you monitor the pressure? Are they taking abuse beyond that of normal road use? (Striking curbs, hopping things and etc.)
I admit that I baby my road bike and never go down or up curbs. Clearly if I am on the road, I avoid glass and etc. as much as possible but there is no way to avoid it completely.
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Old 04-17-15, 12:28 PM
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Try a thicker, puncture resistant tube.
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Old 04-17-15, 12:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Deontologist View Post
Try a thicker, puncture resistant tube.
such as?
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Old 04-17-15, 12:37 PM
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I am eyeing Vittoria Open Pave 700x27 after seeing a friend suffered a flat on the 2nd ride using Continental GP 4000 S II 700x28.
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Old 04-17-15, 12:52 PM
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Yes I monitor pressure and always keep it above 100. I like to ride on 105-110.
I use the rubina pro 23. The road is bad and I do hop to avoid cracks on a part of the road. I guess it would help to slow down instead of hoping. However, I only hop when I return home. When I go to school it's a hill all the way to it so I don't go quite fast.
I get flat on my commuters and I never had any on my road bike. I ride far less on my road bike than my commuter so I couldn't say for sure if it's because I don't care that I get flats. I'm still some what careful, avoiding glass when I see it and avoiding holes and such when I can.
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Old 04-17-15, 01:01 PM
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I don't think tube thickness does much. I ride all winter where it rains all the time and they never sweep the roads or shoulders. So, glass and lots of sharp stones. In a tire that's not a boat anchor, I've had the best luck so far with Conti 4 Seasons. If you really want to get flat proof, one of the Schwalbe Marathons are really the only thing that qualifies. However they neither roll well nor stick well in the wet. The rule is that the harder the rubber, the less well they stick.

With tires, a good rule is that anecdotal flatting, even your own, means nothing. However a zillion small cuts is not good and flatting would be inevitable. I've flatted really excellent tires twice within 20 miles of mounting them new.
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Perhaps with bigger tyre, you can run with lower pressure which would deform more when in contact with rocks or glass. That's what I was supposing!
I guess I will account this for bad luck and leave a kit to repair a tyre at school.
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My Specialized Sirrus Pro Carbon Disc comes with Roubaix Pro 30/32 tires which are great so far, I think Specialized also has Roubaix Pro 25/28, probably worth a look.
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Old 04-18-15, 10:20 AM
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Tubeless solves all puncture problems (well, not really all, but it makes life significantly easier while actually riding. Even if you do get a puncture (which isn't as big of a deal with tubeless) you have sealant to plug the hole and off you go again.
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Old 04-18-15, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Shuffleman View Post
I have ridden Victoria Rubino Pros for years and never had a flat. I probably just jinxed myself but it is true. I keep my pressure at 110 and ride 25's as opposed to 23's. I read a lot about people who get flats often and I simply assume that the reason is where they ride and the quality of the road.
I think you mean Vittoria Rubino Pro. I have been impressed with Vittoria so far. I got a new bike with Zaffiro Pro tires and have a few hundred miles on them. No flats and tires still look almost brand new. I ran GP4000S for several years before these and they are great tires, but getting just too expensive. I would be happy to switch if the zaffiro can work for me. I did hear that if I like these tires the Rubino Pro rides better and is just as durable if not more so. Time will tell!

I will say that before the GP4000s I tried several makes of Panaracer road tires, because they make some great mountain bike tires. Hated their road stuff. Not a very good ride and they would only go a couple hundred miles before they would get flats left and right.
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Old 04-20-15, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by palesaint View Post
I think you mean Vittoria Rubino Pro. I have been impressed with Vittoria so far. I got a new bike with Zaffiro Pro tires and have a few hundred miles on them. No flats and tires still look almost brand new. I ran GP4000S for several years before these and they are great tires, but getting just too expensive. I would be happy to switch if the zaffiro can work for me. I did hear that if I like these tires the Rubino Pro rides better
You are correct. Either I made a Freudian Typo or my IPad self corrected the word. Either way, Vittoria Rubino Pro's have served me quite well through the years. I rode the Vittoria Zaffiro's prior to this because that was what came with my other bike when I purchased it. I had no problem with those either. I tend to stick with what I have a good experience with so I see no reason to change.
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Old 04-20-15, 11:53 AM
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I'm just gonna leave this right here.....

Z LINER - MTB - ZEFAL
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nevermind

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Old 05-22-15, 01:49 PM
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What's the verdict on the new(ish?) Michelin V2 lineup? In the US, can't seem to find any V2s, the UK etailers seem to have them.. And basically most retailers are really hurting on 700x25 inventory of any michelin tires.. what's up with that anyway?
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I commute daily with Continental Gatorskins and Michelin "race" tubes (I have a ton of em for some reason). In the last 12 months I have had one pinch flat, that's it the only flat. The Conti's look disgusting after sitting outside in the AZ sun but work great! .
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