I was enjoying my new bike until I started getting flats again. The old clydesdale was heavy but the alligator tyres meant I didn't get punctures. The new steed is lighter but the tyres are soft and the tubes are like tissue paper. I pumped them up as much as I could but 3 flats in a fortnight meant shifting one of my old thick skins to the back wheel, and I noticed the weight diff straight away. Love the way the new one takes me up the steep end of Stanley's Road to Tar Barrel Corner without needing oxygen and I don't want 2 heavy tyres but the arthritis in my hands means I shudder every time I get a flat.
Can anyone recommend tyres that are lighter but have a bit of resistance? The ones Bike 99 provided were first skewered by what looked to me like a fairly innocuous packing box staple. Then the front one followed a few days later and I replaced the tube but I just took it for a spin and it's deflating again. Not fun.
What size wheels are you running?
I've been using Panaracer Race D (EVO 3) in 700x25 over the last 12 months and they have been terrific.
I was getting 3500-4000km out of Conti GP4000sII (on the rear), the Panaracers I can get 5000km, and are more puncture resistant, and very grippy as well.
Don't over inflate. That could be your problem.
with the 25mm tires, I don't put more than 80 PSI. If you go for 28mm, you can certainly ride at 70 PSI.
Over inflation makes tyres more puncture prone IMO.
Cheers, I probably have overinflated but I was told previously that I underinflated my old bike and the guy who recently sold me this one said to push it up to near 100 psi. It's an entry level budget roadie, Merida Scultura 4000, and the tyres they've supplied are Continental Ultrasport 23mm max 8.5 bar/120PSI, whatever that means. They are light and they seem to handle OK but I imagine they're not top shelf.The tubes are like tissue paper, is that normal?
Lots of uneven rough roads round here and when they put in bike paths they make sure they lay them over rabid tree roots. But there are also too many hills where I want to ride. I guess it's a balance between weight and durability. I'll do some research on the tyres you use. I appreciate your advice.