Sep 12, 2001 3:19 PM
|I'm new to this site, and know very little about bikes....Wondering if anyone has positive/negative feedback about this specific flat-free brand of tire. I only ride approx. 250-300 miles a year on my 79' Nishiki, but keep getting flats. Any comments appreciated.|
|Pile it on!||jtolleson|
Sep 12, 2001 6:15 PM
|Modest mileage on an older bike. You might as well enjoy yourself with all the flat prevention you can get. Good puncture resistant tire like a Specialized Armadillo (sorry, don't know the "Green Tire") with a slime-containing tube or even Tuffy tire liners. Why not? Total weight difference of what? Less than 1/4 lb? You'll enjoy yourself with flat anxiety a thing of the past. Take all those flat prevention products and pile 'em on.|
|Consider a more active approach...||Curtis|
Sep 12, 2001 7:39 PM
|...There are reasons you are getting flats. Try a few preventative measures before you start shelling out money.
1. The most obvious...underinflation. It's the most frequent cause of flats...and the most preventable. Pump up your tires EVERY ride.
2. Spoke nipples. Do you have good rim tape? What condition is it in? A friend had some plastic crap over his rim that actuall shifted and slid around as he rode, exposing the tube to the sharp spoke nipples. I sent him out for some good Velox rim tape. Problem solved.
3. Instead of new "flat-free" tires, try just new tires, period. What condition are your tires in? If they are in bad shape (rotted/split/worndown or thru), replace them.
4. Stay out of the gutters. Watch where you ride. Most road debris makes its way to the curb. Stay out of there.
5. Learn to brush your tires before, during and after a ride. If you cannot avoid debris in the road, brush you tires lightly with a gloved hand (either underway or while stopped briefly). Use a light touch for a couple of revolutions.
Hope this helped a bit.
|piece of junk||alex the engineer|
Sep 13, 2001 3:49 AM
|I rode a bike with these tires once. An engineering student was making an experimental automatic bike transmission (please, no commentary), and put one of these things on the rear rim, since the wheel would not be easily removable.
The tire rode like a brick, and it weighed a ton. It also had a bad habit of rolling off the rim. There were absolutely no good points associated with this tire, other than the fact it would not puncture.
Save the solid tires for tricycles.