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Thorns on bike path - avoid the path?

Old 07-10-09, 09:38 AM
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Thorns on bike path - avoid the path?

Hey all, so I have a question:

With my new bike I have always gone on this bike path that goes from my apartment to the local high school and back. However, I have gotten several flats (before getting tire liners, should I invest in GatorSkins? I have Specialized Mondos and kind of like their look, that and the bike is less than a week old =[ ). Now that I have tire liners (the non-gel kind), should I keep going on this path? I have run over several thorns in certain regions of this path, but only twice have the thorns actually pierced the tube. On average I will run over a thorn at least once during the ride. Yesterday was bad in that I ran over 4. It's not like I can *see* these thorns before I run over them. Generally when I run over one I can feel the *bump* as the thorn gets stuck on the tire and rolls with each revolution and makes that bump. I always come to a stop as fast as I can to prevent further damage, and pull it out. It always scares me when taking it out because I am scared to hear that *wooosh* of air leaking out, despite the fact that now I have tire liners.

The only other bike route that I go is from my apartment to the university, which is longer, but I have gone on this path about 5x without any issues. What should I do?

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Old 07-10-09, 09:43 AM
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look into more durable tires and ride the path.
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Well if I do that, I won't have to worry as much about the thorns hitting the tubes, but I'll still have to stop every now and then to remove them, right? Or will different tires prevent them from even sticking to my tires when I run over them?
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