Cycling in Brisbane Australia
So I keep getting flats. It's kinda annoying especially as my boss never gets them!
I'm not light and I load up my bike. I started on Continental Grand Prix 4 Season 28mm and they where ok to start with but soon started getting many punchers. Continental GatorHardshell 25mm and they are a lot better but i still have had several flats - though looking at rubber there are many more cuts in the rubber than I have had flats. On my fixie i'm running Schwalbe Durano Performance 25mm and I have had a couple of flats on that as well.
Now I liked the faster running of the Continental GatorHardshell 25mm compared to 28mm. The Schwalbe Durano Performance 25mm are very comfortable.
I'm wondering if I should try running the Schwalbe Marathon Plus London 28mm or the Schwalbe Marathon Original GreenGuard 25mm.
I was wondering if those would offer much better puncher protection and if people think the additional rolling resistance is worth it?
What is your bike? Fixie? Road? Flat Bar Road?
What width are the rims you are running?
And it's puncture ;)
lol, the spell checker didn't help me there. The bike I'm wanting the tires for is my drop bar commuter/tourer/road bike. I commute a min of 20km every day and I do longish rides friends on the weekend. I like going fast, and I dislike punctures ;)
I've had a lot of luck with Conti Ultra Gatorskins on my fixie.
On the roadie I've been using Michelin Krylions, they do get a fair bit of glass in them but every week or so I pick all the glass out. You rarely get a flat at the time you roll over a bit of glass. The glass sits in there and gets slowly worked through the tyre and into the tube. So if you pick it out on a pretty regular basis you'll hopefully get a lot fewer flats. I used to get HEAPS of flats, now I'm a bit more regimented about it I've gotten I think one out on the road in the past 18 months.
Are the Michelin Krylions good in the wet? They seem to have no tread. I think that picking the bits of glass out more regularly is one of the things I need to do. Annoyingly have mud guards (which I can't do with out) makes it harder!
The Ultra Gatorskins look good an I have to wonder if the added protection of the GatorHardshell is actually worth it.
THERE ARE TO MANY OPTIONS!
I want a conformable tire that never gets any punctures and runs like its on rails :D
You don't need tread on a road bike tyre. On a car they dispel water but a bike tyre is too small and too slow. Anyway...
Yes, they are great in the wet. I recently was using the tyres that come with Mavic Aksium wheels and on a wet ride they slid out from under me on a roundabout. I managed to stay upright but went back to the Michelins very quickly after that. I've never felt unsafe on them.
A photographic walk through of the process this weekend is fine. Thanks. Will be very interested to see what the process is and what the trade-offs are.
It all depends on what you're after.
The Marathon Plus tyres are pretty much bullet-proof... but they are heavier than average. If this is for a daily commuter/transport bike then they are absolutely worth it.
If you want to go fast (racing, etc) then they are not ideal but that's not what they're designed for.
You will always be faced with a tradeoff between weight/resistance and puncture resistance. That's just the way it is.
Don't forget that you can have different tyres for different jobs. Just change them as required depending on what you're doing with the bike.
I think multiple tyres may be the way forward! And that helps fulfil my need to buy my bike more presents :D
I refuse to comment anything of substance on this thread lest I incur the wrath of the Gods that be that inflict such things upon good cycling folk.
The first rule of flat tyres is don't talk about flat tyres.
If I get one on the way home tonight, I'm blaming you, Aaron! :) Especially given I just remembered that my MTB doesn't have quick releases on it and I left my spanner at home.
bugger, that reminded me, i rode the fixed in today and forgot to switch over the tool and spares saddle bag... now I'm paranoid as well!