STILL RECOMMEND SOLID TIRES?
Jullly 11, 2006
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Where you do recommend buying
those solid rubber tires you have mentioned? Somebody told
me that you don't use them any more. Is that true? Did you
change your mind about them?
Ive more than one bike, plus
a trailer. (Not bragging; it just kinda developed.) I have
solid tires on one of my bikes and on the trailer.
Ive long said, and continue
to say, that the solid tires (polyurethane and nylon, not
rubber) make the single most effective way to prevent flats.
The solid tires Ive used do make you pedal with slightly
more effort, and unless I wanna go slower than usual (I
usually dont), I ride my 40-year-old three-speed that
has a set of flat-resistant pneumatic tires.
Ive recommended solid tires
to people who have freedom from flats as their first priority.
When these folks start riding solid tires, most feel happy
to have em. But Mr Bike sez that if you like speed
most, stay pneumatic.
If your local bike shop doesnt
sell solid tires, you can order them by clicking on the
links at right. (Learn more from the manufacturer, Nu-Teck.)
Also, you can find many tips on
how to stop flats (plus a visual, step-by-step guide to
fixing flats) in my book, Urban
Bikers Tricks & Tips.