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tony

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Liners or not liners to prevent punctures?
« on: March 18, 2010, 10:52:30 PM »
I never used liners but i heard some people saying hat they litterally never have punctures when they ride with liners coupled with Schwalbe tires. I use Shwalbe but no liners so far, I don't get much punctures but I still get some ad I lke the idea of havinf almost n flat tires.I don't really mind the extra weight if it wrth it, so can anyone tell me if they are that good? If so, which one is better Slime or Mr Tuffy, or any other brand?

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Re: Liners or not liners to prevent punctures?
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2010, 09:54:09 PM »
I use Schwalbe tires as well and I do use liners. I think that combo is a real winner. I had only half a dozen punctures during my entire 5-year around the world tour by bike, no joke! And 3/4 of them were within 1 month in northern India.

Why so many in India? Because during the winter, Indian women go out in the bush, cut branches of acacia and drag them on the road all the way back home to use them as fuel. And believe me, the thorns from acacia in India are scary, they are so hard and so strong that I had a couple of them pierce my Teva sandals all the way through into my foot!

I use Slime liners but Mr Tuffy are even better (and pricier, of course).  The edges are not as sharp and they are lighter. It is hard to tell if they are more efficient.

Some people complain about the weight but I'd really rather not have to worry about and deal with flat tires and would prefer to carry a couple extra ounces.

Once in a while I inspect my tires and dig away all sorts of nasty stuff (pieces of glass, thorns, metal, wire, you name it).

It takes a little bit more time to change the tube, though, because you have to put the liner back into place.
« Last Edit: April 05, 2010, 09:17:32 AM by Stephane »
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Re: Liners or not liners to prevent punctures?
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2010, 03:46:26 AM »
I use Schalbe tires as well and without liners. I also had about a dozen punctures in 5 years :)
I got more flat tires, but always from a problem on the inside of the tire. Like a twisted tube, or a tire becoming to old and breaking form the inside. For the last problem liners might be good. But almost nothing penetrates a good Schwalbe tire.
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Re: Liners or not liners to prevent punctures?
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2010, 03:47:35 AM »
ok, now I see you had only half a dozen.
you win
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Re: Liners or not liners to prevent punctures?
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2010, 07:23:06 PM »
I rode the GDMBR last summer with sidetrips and totalled 4000miles with zero flats. I used WTB nanoraptor tyres with Slime tubes, In New Mexico on the first day I pulled around 100 goateads out of my tyres, spun the wheels and the holes sealed right up before the tyre lost any pressure. When I got home two months later I pulled the tubes out and inflated them to find literally hundreds of holes which had all been sealed by the Slime.

Stans sealant poured into regular tubes with removable valve cores works just as well.

Just another option.
« Last Edit: May 02, 2010, 07:27:48 PM by longman »