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Tire Selection(3 posts)

Tire Selectiondick0585
Nov 27, 2001 7:08 PM
I am building a Trek Y-Foil 77. I have decided on Rolf Vector Pro wheels. I would like tire, tube, etc. recommendations. I currently get about 12 flats per season and want to avoid this on the Y Foil. I am 5' 9" and my weight is 145.
flat free ridingtarwheel
Nov 28, 2001 12:03 PM
I rarely ever get flats. Maybe it's just luck, but it must have something to do with my riding habits. Over the past 15 months, I have ridden 8,000 miles -- with one flat during that period. My last flat was in late February, about 5,500 miles ago. During that time, I have used several brands of tires -- Michelin Axial Pros and Hi-Lites, Panaracer Stradius, Continental GPs, Performance Kevlars. The only flat came when I was running Axial Pros, but I don't blame the tires because most of my miles have been on APs. That flat came during a brief period when I was using Michi Ultralite tubes. I've quit using ultralite tubes since then. Anyway, here are my suggestions for avoiding flats:

1. Always pump up your tires to recommended pressure before every ride.
2. Use regular weight, not ultralite tubes.
3. Make sure you have good rim strips on your wheels.
4. Rotate your front and rear tires after about 500 miles. Or if you don't like doing that, ride the set until the rear tire wears out, move the front tire to the back, and put new tire on the front.
5. When riding, avoid the gravel, glass, etc. that accumulates on the edge of the road and paved shoulders, especially at intersections.
6. Your problems may be due more to the condition of roads in your area. In which case, you might want to some heavy-duty tires like the Specialized Armadillos.
re: Tire Selectionbikerduder
Nov 28, 2001 1:02 PM
Ditto what my Bro says. He and I are totally different weights (I'm 225) and I seem to get all the flats in the family. Since switching to Conti GP3000 and getting a regular set of rims (non-aero), My flats have decreased dramatically. With aero rims, it seems like the only tubes available were lights or ultralights - which flat for me all the time. BTW, I have had more flats on the Vector Pros than on any rims I have ever used. I now use regular tubes, either Conti or Vittoria and haven't had any flats in 3,000 miles. Can't stress enough the proper inflation thing. GPs say max psi of 120, so I usually pump them up to 125-130 and do it every 2-3 days.