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Recommend my a commuter tire...

Sept. 17, 2010, 10:15 a.m.
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My commuter bike is currently rolling on big fat Tioga City Slickers and I'm getting fed up of repairing punctures.

So, any suggestions? Must be available in 26" and pretty much puncture resistant whilst not wallet emptying and must roll well.

Sept. 17, 2010, 10:56 a.m.
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I started useing the Schwalbe Marathon Plus after I got tired of fixing flats on the way to work. It's been about a year now and no flats yet. They are a little heavier than my old tires but it's better than changing tubes at 6:30 in the morning.

http://www.schwalbetires.com/marathon_plus

Sept. 17, 2010, 11:25 a.m.
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I started useing the Schwalbe Marathon Plus after I got tired of fixing flats on the way to work.

this. great tires, though a bit heavy. i got tired of repairing my wife's flats and hearing her complaints, bought her a set of these and now she only flats under extreme circumstances - last time i pulled a 1.5" industrial staple out of her tire… plus they have a reflective strip, which is a bonus

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Sept. 17, 2010, 11:31 a.m.
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they make tuffy liners for 26inch tires at MEC, use those until the tire is worn out. Then put them in the new tires. Bomb proof.

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Sept. 17, 2010, 11:57 a.m.
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While not as good, you can make tire liners out of old tubes. Works pretty good. I would also second the recommendation for schwalbe tires. I have 11500km on a pair of Marathon XR's and have had 3 flats, 2 of which have been recent as the tires are starting to get thinner. Really great tires all across the line and pretty flat resistant.

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Sept. 17, 2010, 4:05 p.m.
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Nother vote for Schwalbe Marathons. I haven't had a flat in over three years, since I've started running them.

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Sept. 17, 2010, 4:09 p.m.
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I refuse to buy a Schwalbe tire that doesn't have a redonkulous name like Smelly Sam or Delightful Dave.

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Sept. 17, 2010, 7:53 p.m.
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Sept. 17, 2010, 8:09 p.m.
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Another vote for Schwalb Marathon Plus. I used to commute down a cycle path lined with bushes with 1" thorns these were the only tires that could survive: I tried most other brands before these.

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Sept. 17, 2010, 8:24 p.m.
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Schwalbe Marathon Plus.

Yes they cost more, but in 3 years I've never had a flat.
I was getting about a flat a month before that.
Being late for work could be much more expensive.

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Sept. 17, 2010, 10:42 p.m.
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I can suggest Continental townrides. Had one slash due to a large piece of glass, otherwise no worries (and have ridden through fields of glass) regularly take them off road on thorn-laden light trails and have 0 issues. They are very similar to the schwalbe's. They also have a nice reflective stripe around the circumference for side-vis.

Sept. 17, 2010, 10:50 p.m.
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Sept. 17, 2010, 11:21 p.m.
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If you want cheaper, the Panaracer Crosstown is good. Not as good as the schwalbes, but much cheaper.

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Sept. 18, 2010, 10:57 a.m.
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Over here in Germany we have a lot of customers on Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires. They are a bit tricky to mount and are a bit heavy, but they give excellent mileage. If you take their longevity into account they are not more expensive than cheapo tires.

Get a pair and be done for commuting purposes.

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Sept. 18, 2010, 12:01 p.m.
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I'm even a fan of the regular Schwalbe Marathon, though the Plus is a bit tougher. My pair of standard Marathons have over 3000km on them, 2000 of that towing a trailer, and I've only had a couple flats (none of which in the first 2000).

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