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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby Greatest Cockney Rip Off on Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:05 pm

DasNutNock wrote:Am tempted to get some of them Schwalbe's, though surely they're just regular tyres with some sort of puncture tape pre-applied?


them Schwalbe's get really good reviews and many use them on-road and have found them really comfortable. If you insist on smooth tyres, check out the Specialized Armadillo All Condition Tyres

https://www.evanscycles.com/specialized ... e-00119290
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby DasNutNock on Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:07 pm

I think semi-slick tyres would make most sense, given that it's pretty much purely a commuter bike now. Hardly ever get to do any legit MTBing any more.
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby southbrishammer on Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:13 pm

DasNutNock wrote:I think semi-slick tyres would make most sense, given that it's pretty much purely a commuter bike now. Hardly ever get to do any legit MTBing any more.

I've been commuting with Schwalbe Marathons for a couple of years and would highly recommend them. Virtually no punctures thanks to the kevlar coating, and very little wear on the tread. Perfect for roads and semi-rough cycle paths.
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby Johnny Byrne's Boots on Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:17 pm

I have Schwalbe Big Apples on my Dahon Jack folding MTB(ish). They came as original equipment and many years later still haven't had a puncture. They sound like what you describe, the tread is heavily road biased.
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby DasNutNock on Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:20 pm

Marathons it is. Which ones do I want - these Greenguard ones? Or a different model? Assume I want the narrowest ones that'll fit on my wheels (26" Sun DS2-XC)?
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby southbrishammer on Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:07 pm

DasNutNock wrote:Marathons it is. Which ones do I want - these Greenguard ones? Or a different model? Assume I want the narrowest ones that'll fit on my wheels (26" Sun DS2-XC)?

I think I have the ones in GCRO's link. Any other variants look more knobbly. And yes, narrower will get you there quicker.
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby Samba on Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:47 pm

Bend it like Repka wrote:Dan. You are of course checking the tyre properly when you fit the new inner tube? If you can identify the exact spot it is easier, but otherwise slowly run fingers round the inside of the tyre to check no sharp items. I've had bits of glass stuck in the tyre not visible from the outside but leaving a tiny dagger which will burst a new inner each time. Then use a screwdriver to push back through and remove.
Three times is incredibly unlucky, if it's the same wheel I'd be suspicious.

Wise words from BilR, there. Shards of glass can be a ba*t*rd in hiding.
One August I think I had 8 punctures. I was very dischuffed, that year.
I think some of them was to do with my not realising that going over long, trailing bramble things, that you can't always avoid, across canal paths or any path, are rather like going over a police 'stinger', sometimes..
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby DasNutNock on Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:48 pm

Aye, today’s blow out was a glass shard. Probably from one of the two bus stops I had to ride past on Wednesday that had been smashed through by some local hardmen.
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby Samba on Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:51 pm

DasNutNock wrote:Any idea if that "anti puncture tape" stuff is worth using?

Have used it. Didn't really like it & found it a bit of a ballache to fit, to say the least.
Also didn't appear to come up very high, up the sides of the tyres.
Much better to go with the good tyre advice, imo.
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby Samba on Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:54 pm

DasNutNock wrote:Aye, today’s blow out was a glass shard. Probably from one of the two bus stops I had to ride past on Wednesday that had been smashed through by some local hardmen.

Cycle lanes as well, are always a magnet for broken glass..you'll already know that..
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby Toulouse_Iron on Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:01 pm

Definitely ditch the knobbly tyres if you're mostly on tarmac. I't's like riding through thick porridge! If you do want to go off the beaten track, you can put them back on again in 5 minutes.
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby DasNutNock on Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:07 pm

TBH, just getting new tyres on at the right pressure, and replacing my gear cables has made a huge difference to my commute - 32 minutes each way this morning vs 37 minutes previously (minus the ****ing about dealing with punctures.

But yeah, slick tyres seem to be the way forward. Or I could just break out my racer, but I still prefer using off-road paths.
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby DasNutNock on Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:17 pm

Thought is was the game today. Having to watch Leicester vs Saints instead. Yawn
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby Samba on Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:37 pm

Zoe Ball. I'm not sure why.
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby DasNutNock on Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:04 pm

Samba wrote:Zoe Ball. I'm not sure why.


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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby sendô on Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:45 pm

That Bud Light Dilly Dilly ad. :x
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby irons88 on Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:58 pm

sendô wrote:That Bud Light Dilly Dilly ad. :x


Seconded. **** 'beer' as well.
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby Hammers Dad on Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:35 pm

sendô wrote:That Bud Light Dilly Dilly ad. :x

Thirded.....BUT, it worked
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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby hammerddh on Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:15 pm

DasNutNock wrote:TBH, just getting new tyres on at the right pressure, and replacing my gear cables has made a huge difference to my commute - 32 minutes each way this morning vs 37 minutes previously (minus the ****ing about dealing with punctures.

But yeah, slick tyres seem to be the way forward. Or I could just break out my racer, but I still prefer using off-road paths.


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Re: Little things that irritate you

Postby DasNutNock on Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:29 pm

Very swish, but £60 a tyre is far too rich for my blood :(
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