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Old 01-13-10, 05:24 PM
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tire/tube selection help

Hello,

So, I'm building up a nice bike for my gf. A Van Dessel Rivet. Ultegra components. Lamo Bontrager wheels that I have lying around until we can get something nice. Here's the issue...

She's not going to race the bike...it'll be for group rides, training rides, charity rides, leisure, stuff like that. I'm looking for tires and tubes that have decent puncture/flat resistance, good wear, and very good traction (maybe with a teeny tiny tread patter to grip a tiny bit against road grit/dust/sand). But it's a nice bike...I don't want some sort of massive mountain or touring tire.

Any suggestions?
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Teach her how to change a flat tire.
I had 28 flats last year on $60 tires.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Teach her how to change a flat tire.
+1 on that

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I had 28 flats last year on $60 tires.
Seriously?
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Originally Posted by bigtea View Post
+1 on that



Seriously?
15,923 miles, had a bunch of defective tubes.

The 28th Flat Ride:

https://s256.photobucket.com/albums/h...view=slideshow
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Teach her how to change a flat tire.
I had 28 flats last year on $60 tires.
Oh, yes, she wants to know how to change a flat. So I'll teach her and have her change a few. But I want her to have a durable, good traction tire with good wear. I use dumb race tires like Veloflex Records and such...but I doubt she wants to pay that much. And I don't think they have a long life or good traction on imperfect conditions.
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Gatorskins? Krylion Carbon? I suspect these are the type of tire you are looking for.
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Originally Posted by bigtea View Post
+1 on that



Seriously?
Wheels is not coming clean with you.
This guy rides the prairie where there are skeletons along the road because the deceased forgot a 3rd water bottle or tire patch.
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Wheels is not coming clean with you.
This guy rides the prairie where there are skeletons along the road because the deceased forgot a 3rd water bottle or tire patch.
Yep.
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Yep.
"git along lil dogie"
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I thought it was customary to remove your saddle bag shoot the bike when it goes lame?
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To the OP,

I have had some of my most Flat Free miles on $10 tires.

Your afraid if you get her racing tires, she will kick your butt ridng.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
To the OP,

I have had some of my most Flat Free miles on $10 tires.

Your afraid if you get her racing tires, she will kick your butt ridng.
After that scenario the GF usually leaves for greener pastures,but that's just a broad assumption.
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get her a nice set of tubular wheels.
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I have Bontrager race x light hardcase (not the triple compound variant) tires, I had one flat all last year, and that was negligence on my part. As long as you take some time to pick out rocks and glass after every or every other ride, these tires can look like they have been through a warzone and still keep ticking. Ain't cheap, but I dislike mechanicals. Tires roll smooth, but aren't very grippy in the wet, so that that into consideration. Some tires are better in wet conditions than others.
Don't cheap on your tubes, I been on a lot of club rides and people get a lot of flats from the rubber around the stem letting go due to cheap manufacture.
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