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Thumb Tony F.
24 August 2012, 11:24
Time Trialing i use Vredestien Fortezza tri-comps,have not used tubs for a long time,in the past i,ve even mended punctures in tubs,and restiched them,not any more.For training on another road bike i use,Gatorskins,and in many thousands of miles,only 1 puncture.It comes down to what you are doing,and what you can afford.

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Thumb Chris W.
22 August 2012, 13:13
Have never tried solid tyres but used Michellin Pro-race 3's for most of this year with only one (touch wood) puncture caused by hitting a deep pothole that I couldn't avoid due to an adjacent car. Have just switched the rear (due to the flattening of the centre of the tyre) for an Italian open tubular that seems very good and was recommeded by an ex Bianchi team rider. Once I have a bit more time on this I'll post a review. One important tip with road bike tyres is to keep the pressures at the right levels (usually shown on the tyre wall), many people get punctures due to incorrect pressures. I run mine at 105 psi in most conditions.

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Thumb Roderic E.
22 August 2012, 11:47
A friend of mine who has been in the tyre business for ever ( straight from school) gave my son a pair of "solid" tyres for his mountain bike about 8 years ago, difficult to fit and wierd to ride on but no too bumpy, My friend was very dissapointed to find out that said tyres had only lasted around 3 weeks, normal boy thing slides, skids etc, totally flat spotted them, I suppose if they had been tubed then we would have had loads of blown tubes. Anyway friend reported all this to the manufacturer who I believe took them off the market. In a way a pity 'cos I do believe with adult riding and good development could have been ok, a decent alternative. Oops by the way hello as I'm very new on here

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Thumb Richard D.
23 April 2012, 17:58
+1 on the spesh armadillo - or conti GP4season IMH

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Thumb Matt H.
20 April 2012, 02:52
Most of the year round i use Specialized Armadillo tyres. great rolling speed and virtually puncture proof in all situations aside from a nail or chunk of glass in the tyre :-). Lugano tyres come highly recommended as well. Lighter weight than the Spesh tyres and they do have a puncture protection belt.

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Thumb Steve D.
13 April 2012, 11:56
In terms of tyres Conti,s GP4000S are superb,fast,grippy and light, everything you want from a summer tyre.

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Thumb Paul G.
31 March 2012, 17:53
Yep, hedgehogs are evil I tells ya ;)

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Thumb David H.
29 March 2012, 23:33
you won't need many patches ! just don't ride up kerbs or run over any hedgehogs. but do take a compact puncture repair outfit as the saying goes 'if you got it - you won't need it' get the preglued patches (scabs) for roadside repairs. quick and easy.

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Thumb Paul B.
23 March 2012, 21:44
@ Paul G, thank you, spoke to someone today about them and I had to pick him up off the floor after he laughed so much and he said exactly the same as you. I think I'll stick to tubes and air...and carry a lot of patches!! :-))

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Thumb Paul G.
23 March 2012, 18:44
Hi Paul. Solid tyres on a road bike... whoever told you that had NO IDEA...sorry. Stick to a decent brand of tyre & keep your tyre pressure up where it should be and forget that idea COMPLETELY!! If there was such a thing it would be prohibitively expensive because you would be the only person buying them. They may have been referring to Tubular tyres (I hope) that professional riders & competitive riders use. If you don't have a Teamcar following your ride forget it. The tyre/tube combination is glued to the rim (a special & expensive rim at that) The pneumatic tyre was invented & there has been no substitute bycycle-wise since someone had the foresight to fit one to a bike since. Companies come out with" flatfproof" tyre ideas all of the time but nothing has ever come close so far

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Thumb Paul B.
22 March 2012, 19:30
Hiya folks, anyone out there able to advise me whether 'solid' tyres are better than 'air inflated' ones. I ride about 50miles a week back and forward to work and also take part in the usual charity rides, L2B and P2P, and have just invested in a road bike after years on hybrids(how different is the riding Style??) and someone told me that solid tyres are best on a road bike because the 'air' tyres are so thin they are always getting punctured. Any advice would be much appreciated. ps..doing the Kempton park to Reading this weekend, a nice 45miles to start the summer off... :-))

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