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Anyone using "Spin Skins" are they worth it???(10 posts)

Anyone using "Spin Skins" are they worth it???KurtVF
Sep 3, 2002 4:01 PM
Kevlar liners that fit between the tire and tube. 64 gms per pair, around $35. Fixing flats is a major pain in the ass.
How many flats?filtersweep
Sep 3, 2002 4:28 PM
How many flats do you get?
How many flats?KurtVF
Sep 4, 2002 5:13 AM
Too many!
re: Anyone using "Spin Skins" are they worth it???curlybike
Sep 3, 2002 4:29 PM
Yes, they will help to avoid flats, BUT they are a pain to install properly and they will wear out and cause flats before the tire is worn out. Great idea, lousy product. As they get used the product starts cracking and the cracks cut the tube. Mr tuffy is way heavier but works better. I use nothing but a good tire.
If a product is properly designed for a particular use...Spoke Wrench
Sep 4, 2002 4:53 AM
I don't think that you should have to buy "add ons" to make it work.

The first thing I would do would be to analyze why you feel that you are getting a lot of flats. Three equally likely possibilities are: 1. You ride in an area with lots of glass or the dreaded "goat head" thorns. 2. You have an unresolved problem with your rim strip or wheel. 3. You are doing something wrong with your tire mounting.

Add on solutions like Spin Skins and Slime won't help the last two.

If you think that glass or thorns are your problem, the first thing to do is to be sure that you get the glass out of your tire. Sometimes that can't be done and you have to buy a new tire. Some tires are much more puncture resistant than others. I have Specialized Armadillos on a couple of my bikes and have had no punctures while using them, but they are stiff and heavy so you give up some performance to run flat free. A lot of guys are running Continental Gatorskins and say they are a good balance of performance and puncture resistance.
horrible productDougSloan
Sep 4, 2002 5:09 AM
First of all, I got at least as many flats with them as without. Plus, they are a pain to install, a bigger pain to mess with while changing a tube on the side of the road, and a waste of good money.

Instead, get some heavier duty tires, like Continental Gatorskins. Far, far more flat protection.

Thanks for the info.KurtVF
Sep 4, 2002 5:15 AM
Guess I'll have to suffer.
re: Anyone using "Spin Skins" are they worth it???letsGoOn2
Sep 4, 2002 5:21 AM
Some of the guys I ride with use Mr. Tuffy liners and seem to be happy with them. Another option for flat protection is to use Specialized Armadillos. I run them on my foul weather bike to avoid the hassle of stuffing a tube and liner into the tire. My thinking is that if I ever do get a flat, it'll probably be raining or snowing and I don't want to be farting around with a tire liner in those conditions. The Armadillos weigh about 1 pound per tire and ride like they're made of wood, but I have yet to flat one of those suckers after two seasons.

Note that I'm talking about my training bike here. I wouldn't race on these tires, or a tire with a liner, or even on a clincher for that matter.
re: Anyone using "Spin Skins" are they worth it???daniel_2001
Sep 4, 2002 9:57 AM
Does anyone know where I can purchase the Armadillos at a good price?


re: Anyone using "Spin Skins" are they worth it???letsGoOn2
Sep 5, 2002 11:07 AM
They come in two versions, the "Lite" 360 gram 700x23c for $40, or the vanilla 385 gram version at $30. I got mine at my LBS and haven't seen them around online anywhere.