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Bloody punctures

The only bulletproof tires Ive ever had were my specialized armadillos, 3 years of commuting with low wear and not one puncture. Need the the equivalent in 700c though.


  • BlinkybazBlinkybaz Posts: 1,144
    I think I was born lucky as I have never had a puncture! I am now touching soooooo mich wood (and I mean tree type wood).

    After tonights cycle I may now get a puncture due to this post. Dam the cycle gods to hell!
  • andyb99andyb99 Posts: 229
    somebody somewhere must have invented a puncture proof tire. why oh why cant they just be rubber all the way through???

    I've now had 3 in 3 rides add to that the puncture repair kit i have is bobbins and you get the feeling of how frustrated i am (and worried i'll get one on the day)

    here's some questions....puncture proof my tire......any tried and tested methods?? inner tube recommendations...heavy duty etc?? any full rubber tires??

    puncture repair...i want a good one, a pro one..not a £5 job from halfrauds.....any idea where and what kind??

    i cant be doing anything wrong can i ?? should my tires be maxed on psi or lower to get less punctures??
  • andyb99andyb99 Posts: 229
    Bman wrote:

    Need the the equivalent in 700c though.

    what does that mean then????
  • ipay1980ipay1980 Posts: 84
    what tyres are you riding on? it is worth spending on good quality tyres you will prob find that will make a different.i ride on hutchinsons, and they are great.

    you may want to check how you are putting you new inner in. often recurrent punctures can be caused because of poor maintenance ie leaving a bit of the inner pinching.

    and as for the tubes, again, i would not skimp on quality.

  • andyb99andyb99 Posts: 229
    they are the tires the bike came with...called city grippers....kinda slick in the centre with grippyness at the sides....its a hybrid bike cause i like to train down the canal tow path sometimes (although never had a puncture down there)

    i think i just need to get some with some puncture protection, i'm sure the inners are not pinched....although the last puncture today was on the INSIDE if the tube.....so maybe it just happened by hitting a pot hole???
  • Cheryl6162Cheryl6162 Posts: 356
    Totally agree with Bman specialized armadillo Elite are the biz They are a little slower on the road apparently (we are talking micro seconds here) but that is more than made up for when you compare it to the time taken to mend a puncture by even the slickest cyclist. Chris uses them for training on his Plasma.

    Bit baffled about your comment about needing the equivalent in 700's as thats the only size I could find when I was trying to find 650's for my tri bike!

    The other (cheaper) option is Flat Away made by panaracer. Its a felt lining that goes inside your tyre between the inner tube and the tyre wall and cushions against any thorns etc protruding in through the wall. Costs about £9, but as a tip, get the MTB ones and cut them down the middle, that way you get two out of one packet as they are obviously wider for MTB tyres but still cost the same as road bike. I have been using flataway on my bike and have had no problems
  • JessterJesster Posts: 482
    Gatorskins, all the way [:D]
  • pataallenpataallen Posts: 94
    ok...have been chancing my arm thus far and not carrying puncture kit or tubes with me in races or training

    i'm guessing now is probably the right time toget a decent kit sorted out...

    can somebody reccommend a decent saddlebag and CO2 set that is a good and cost effective combination

  • CCSCCS Posts: 53
    I would also reccomend Gatorskins. Before I put these on, I had loads of punctures with the standard tyres that came on my Allez. Nothing since (touch wood). They are also (according to the guy in the LBS) pretty easy to get on & off unlike the Armadillos - so if you DO have a puncture, then it's still quite a quick job to change.

  • chapperschappers Posts: 97
    if you use them, go v easy with the armadillo in the wet. I have a longish commute (18 miles to central london so the roads are crap) and unlucky with punctures. Changed the rear to armadillo and have had no trouble since. However, I've had many an off with the rear armadillo and have since changed to gatorskin - better compromise between grip and protection imo.

    not tried the Bontragers - I'll give them a go next time.

  • chapperschappers Posts: 97
    yeah, that's the other bad thing about armadillos - they're bloody impossible to get on - though once they're on, you never have to take them off ;-)
  • andyb99andyb99 Posts: 229
    Bontrager Hardcase
    I'll get some of those Mate cheers

    should i change my innertubes too??? cause the last puncture seemed to be a tiny split on the INSIDE (if you get my meaning, next to the rim rather than the road)...it seemed to happen as i was flying down a hill and it was pretty rough road...could my tubes be crap too???

    the bike is claud butler...not the best but the best i could afford and i'm really pleased with it other than puunctures
  • andyb99andyb99 Posts: 229
    as an update guys, i got some specialized infinity armadillo's today from my local bike specialists....i've put them on and i'll let you know after tomorrows ride how they fair....i'm hoping for more speed actually..lol...cause they others were gritty slickers....so we'll see

    thanks for the advice people...keep goig
  • pataallenpataallen Posts: 94
    advice on puncture kit anyone....
  • gdh250467gdh250467 Posts: 237
    I've always for a Lezyne alloy one in my bag, excellent kit, and a robust container that's never failed me
  • andyb99andyb99 Posts: 229
    gdh250467 wrote:

    I've always for a Lezyne alloy one in my bag, excellent kit, and a robust container that's never failed me

    whats an alloy one?
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