Last summer and fall I was having the mother of all issues with flat tires. I was flatting about once every 10 days. Seriously. ONCE every 10 days, sometimes more. The good news is I got damn good at changing a flat. The bad news is that I got damn sick of changing flat tires (tubes, technically).
A cycling friend of mine was putting in a bit order for tires through his team. So I had him order me some new ones for the winter. They only cost $10-20 with the discount, so heck – anything was better than whatever stock stuff was on my bike.
Since December when I put them on, I’ve logged about 1,700-1,900 miles on my bike (I haven’t got around to fully putting all my trainer rides in the log). About 50-75% of that mileage has been outdoors. As in outdoors in the crappy, cold, winter weather. Through the snow and ice, through the gravel, occasional accidental off-roading (with a road bike), and just general riding.
However – after all that, I have yet to have a SINGLE flat tire all winter long. Not a single one, it be awesome! While I do take a slight hit on the increased resistance/drag of this particular tire over my previous ‘racing ones’, I more than make up for it with not having to change flats all the time.
I don’t know where to buy these things, or even anything about them other than what’s on their page. All I know is that they make me happy.
Here’s the information that’s on the back of them. Not ideal for racing. But that’s fine at the moment – they don’t flat. So that’s all I’m caring about.