/ Bl***Dy Punctures
Now I was cycling 2 miles, 3 days a week and coming home the long way, which was on a decent off road trail.
I have changed contracts and compaines, moved digs, moved to a new town, and I am 8 miles from work.
I thought I'd have a bit of a practise run, last night, in the half light down the Macclesfied Canal (Heading from Congleston to Kidsgrove)
Got 4 miles, hit the hedge trimmings. Hawthorn.
Because of lack of spares, I had to walk back in the dark.
Must be more prepared !!
Note: Tyres are cheap, bike was cheap, don't want to be late for work, but It would n't matter that much as I'm a freelance contractor not a permy, but not that 'professional' if it happens too often.
> Note: Tyres are cheap
Having said all that, hawthorn clippings are a nightmare!
Puncture resistant tyres work well. I too commute along a canal tow path for at least part of my route and it was a nightmare until i swapped over. I have used specialized armadillo which worked fine pretty much got rid of all punctures apart from occasional vicious bits of glass. After they wore out I got schwalbe marathon plus which i have had for the last year or so and are fantastic and yet to get a puncture.
Hope this helps.
Punctures are a pain.
Quicker to carry a spare tube and repair the punctured one when you get home. Don't forget to check the tyre to make sure object is not still in the tyre.
Use a tyre sealant that should seal punctures. (Slime is sold by Halfords.)
As a regular Mountain Biker my bikes have been coverted to tubeless system. Excellent results but more expensive, around £50 for Stans Notubes Sealant kit. There is a cheaper way to do this but it can be a faff.
You can buy tougher tyres. Cycelstore in Congleton will stock Specialized Armadillo.
I find that really worn tyres are more prone to
punctures. Good luck
If you add in the time mending it at home as well and if I'm on the way home or it doesn't matter me being a few minutes late, I often prefer to mend them on the road - then I get to test that it is mended properly and can just relax when I get home.
Several punctures is my signal to buy new tyres, but I agree, hawthorn hedges are just about the worst thing ever and I would avoid going that way for a month or so...
+1 to the Marathon Plus. Only downside is the weight.
+1, I've never punctured a tyre in a tubeless setup.
Commute bike, I second the Schwalbe Marathon decision. Brilliant. Touching wood, never punctured yet. If it's MTB as someone else said, I've not punctured (touching wood) since going tubeless. I carry inner tubes, usually two with me on every trip, and quick patches too, and come to think of it an old toothpaste tube in case the tyre itself has gone horribly wrong ...
Schwalbe Marathon again. Had one puncture and it was with something that'd floored an elephant.
Schwalbe Marathon - get some you wont regret it.
Current going cheap here:
as per the other comments.
Decent tyres cost a bit more to begin with but save money longer term in terms of inner tubes etc and not having to change a tyre in the freezing rain.
I use specialised armadillos but the marathons get good reviews as well.
Picked glass out of them on several occasions where it got stuck in the tread but failed to cut any further.
Unlike some lighter race tyres which got shredded in a week.
Sorry to also hijack the thread.
Phil79, thanks for the link some good prices.
I hate having to ask this question, but I'm looking at the following -
The options are 30, 35 and 38 mm width. I have a trek 1.5 with tyres that fit 700c by 23 tubes. Am I right in thinking the 30mm ones are going to be too big for my wheels? (I'm thinking they may be cyclocross size)
Of more significance may be frame clearance - 30mm wide tyres may rub the frame if it is quite narrow at the forks or top of the seat stays. There may be issues with brake geometry too. Have a look to see if you can find a frame spec that may help.
I thought this may be the case. Think I'll just stick to either 23 or 25's, shame as those tyres get such a good write up all over the place. Thanks.
I've bought 2 new tyres and inner tubes, and fitted them. I put one of the old tubes under water and 7 punctures !!!
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