Tires Tire Truth

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by mikem, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. mikem

    mikem Member

    I've been looking through past threads for THE BEST "no-flats" bike tire. Found lots of good info but couldn't find any real consensus. I'm hoping a lot of the experienced riders out there might mention their ...

    1) Favorite Tire
    2) Favorite Tube
    3) Tire Tips, Tricks & Stories

    Getting all this info in one spot could really help keep a lot of us from walking home.

  2. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    1) Favorite Tire
    Shadow Conspiracy Undertaker Folding Tire 20"x1.95"
    They should definitely make this tire for larger tires, but they don't. Bummer.

    2) Favorite Tube
    Any puncture/thorn-resistant or heavy-duty tube.

    3) Tire Tips, Tricks & Stories
    Use liners on both sides of the tubes. I had 3 sharp metal objects in my rear tire before the tube blew from a very large nail. Still no flat in the front, and I only have the stock tube that came with the bike. Also, don't use slime [tubes] or fix-a-flat. This might be worth looking into, but I don't see it as being too economical since the liners are working well enough with regular tubes.
  3. eastwoodo4

    eastwoodo4 Member

    i just started a thread the other day about putting a 26x2.00 tire inside a 26x2.25 tire with a tube.thats the way to go in my opinion.
  4. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    What has worked well for me is the solid polyurethane airless No-More-Flats inner tubes with regular 26 x 1.95 tires for the best fit. Only drawbacks are the increased weight, and more resistance when pedaling, but with an engine and high speeds, that doesn't matter much, and I love that I never worry about tire pressure anymore.

    For lighter weight, eastwoodo4's double tire IMO would be the way to go if not going airless.
  5. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Well, I'm gonna be the black sheep on this one.

    But I'd advise that you buy whatever tire you can find cheap, quick and easy.

    Carry a few spare tubes and a $20.00, 12 volt inflator.

    I've gotten along just fine using this method for many years. I usually carry tube patch kits as well, but I rarely bother to use them. I just slap in a new tube and go.
  6. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    I just bought 2 new tire tubes for a build I just finished and was very impressed by them. These tire tubes were 5 times thicker than regular tubes and had slime. They were very heavy so not something for the weight conscious but I suspect they will lastl a long time. They were available at Walmart.
  7. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Before I started using $10 puncture proofs and tire liners, I tried this trick, and doubled up duct tape....I was unfortunately surprised how much abrasion takes place in that tire, especially at the 30 mile speeds we hit. A standard $2 tube doesn't stand a chance.

    $6 slimes are okay for the front/easier removal on the road, but not worth it on the back. For slimes to really work, I think you have to spin the wheel for 15 minutes to spread out the goooo. Wal-Mart has a slime/punctureproof combo for $10, my Pyramid bike shop brand is minus the slime.

    I'm now rolling 4-5 layers of electric tape over the rubber gasket atop the spoke ends, plus the puncture proofs and tire liners.

    My bike shop has found a new supplier for tires, but hasn't gotten up an order yet, he says they run about $25. Claims the rubber width in the center of the tire is nearly double, if nothing else, I'll use them on all my rears wheels.

    A customer came across a fire sale at K-Mart, where the 2.2.5 Kendras, normally $12, were marked at $2, and he grabbed up about 15 of them, which we split up between us.
  8. mikem

    mikem Member

    2 Tires in 1

    Hi eastwoodo4,
    I saw your thread on the 2-tires-in-1 ... sounds like a great idea! Here's the link to your thread for those interested:

    Keep up the smart thinkin! :idea:
  9. mikem

    mikem Member

    Tire Sealer


    Thanks for the tips ... and for this link to your previous thread:

    Very interesting stuff. :detective:
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2009
  10. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

  11. mikem

    mikem Member

    More Info

    More good stuff ... thanks Dave.
  12. motman812

    motman812 Member

    Schwalbe Marathon

    I run a Stanton Honda 35 friction drive on my 1981 Schwinn Cruiser 5 that I've put 1500 miles on in the first year I've had it. At first I had problems with the puncture resistant/thorn proof tubes failing at the seams, apparently from being flexed backwards by the friction drive. I tried using old tubes and then old tires as additional liners but they didn't solve the problem.
    I bought the tire below and haven't had a problem (at least 700 miles) since. These are much thicker than standard bicycle tires and I think they must not flex the tubes inward each time the wheel goes around. (maybe I don't know the real reason why the work, but they do.)

    So I run the Schwalbe Marathon, Tuffie tire liners and Bell puncture resistant/thorn proof tubes. The combo works great on my bike.

    p.s. I love the no problems Stanton-Honda drive.
  13. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    That is one heck of an air tire for sure!!!
  14. eastwoodo4

    eastwoodo4 Member

    i havent tried the airless tires cause i dont think they would have the psi i like.and the extra thick tubes with slime wont fill a whole at the psi i like.if u try my idea i hope it works as well for u as it has for me.
  15. sparky

    sparky Active Member