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Tire questiontahoskier
Aug 13, 2002 8:41 AM
I'm a newbie to road biking. Coming from a MTB background I usually ride straight over obstacles and debris. Since I started riding on the road, I've been flatting on tiny pieces of glass or anything small enough to pierce my tire and right into the inner tube. My bike came with Hutchinson Carbon comp tires. Is it my tires or should I be more selective of the route I take?
Aug 13, 2002 9:05 AM
As you have obviously noticed glass causes flats so the simple solution is NOT to ride over it. If you think something will do in your tire, avoid it... I assume that you do not go straight through broken glass on a trail (or don't the local assholes party in the woods and brake bottles in Taho?).
Road tires are far more susceptible to debris than MTB tires. Light race tires are more susceptible than tires like Gator Skins, etc.
Aug 13, 2002 9:59 AM
Obviously you would not ride through a debris field of broken bottles. I am talking about debris that is less noticeable. I would just like to know if there are better tires than others when it come to punctures.

BTW. Either "the local assholes" in Taho are a little more civilized or they don't like hiking in the woods. There is rarely a broken bottle on the trails I ride.
just making light of things..Jekyll
Aug 13, 2002 10:16 AM
If you can see glass avoid it (the obvious part).
There are tires which will be more puncture resistant then your Carbons. Gatorskin (Conti), etc would be a good start. Many other tires have a kevlar belt that helps prevent punctures as well. You can also get tire liners to use with your current tires (spinskins, slime, etc). has most of the stuff at their web site.

BTW: Just got back from riding in Hood River and Bend, OR and I have to admit that Western assholes tend to leave less crap on the trails than their Eastern counterparts (PA).
re: Tire questionMXL02
Aug 13, 2002 12:07 PM
The first thing you will notice when switching from Fat tire to thin tire riding is how non-durable the tires are. Roadies seem to be always fixing flats, and it seems like any small amount of debris seems to cause deflation, especially if you are a heavy rider. That is because racing tires tend to sacrifice durability for light weight. High end tires like Vittoria Corsa CX and Michelin Axial Pros get punctured pretty easily. Conti Gator skins and Vittoria Rubinos are more durable, and probably a better choice if your rides are more debris laden.
re: Tire questionDINOSAUR
Aug 14, 2002 8:18 AM
I got on the habit of brushing my tires off. In the summer I stash a folded up paper towel under the leg of my cycling shorts and brush my tires off every ten minutes or so, usually when I start a descent. In the winter long fingered MB gloves work fine for this purpose. Of couse if you live where there is a lot of glass, try a different tire....