How do you choose a flat proof bicycle tire? Yesterday I got my first flat on the 3 month old Surly bike. The pinch flat was my fault as purposefully hit two curbs in a row. C’est la vie. I’ve been riding around on stock Ritchey SpeedMax Cross tires mainly because I’m too cheap to shell out money for new tires. I also rather like that they spit out gravel when I hit a rough patch of road and given their knobbiness, the tires are pretty fast.
I figure I will cave in after a few flats and invest in city proof tires. NYC is full of glass, potholes and the like so I turned to my Twitter friends for recommendations.
In order of most recommendations we have the following city proof bicycle tires.
@feedmeshow “Tough, high-mileage tires, with a reflective strip for better nighttime visibility.”
@BicycleFixation”tough, comfy enough, not too slow.”
2. Specialized Armadillo – Price per tire $45-60
@marcmayer “I use armadillo tires. One set of tubes for the entire season. Worth 80 ish for a pair.”
@misterarthur “Armadillos are bulletproof but are like riding on train wheels. (YMMD)”
3. Continental GatorskinHardshell or Top Contacts – Price per tire $28-45
@mlascarides “Riding Continental Top Contacts. Con: A bit squirrely when riding parallel to painted lines. Pro: Good feel, indestructible.”
What do you recommend?