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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
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    Recommendations for small folding tire

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    Just had a flat that sliced my tire. Since I often ride alone, I'd like to carry a small, lightweight folding tire. Any recommendations?

    The good news is, I put on my beloved Conti's & ditched the Bontragers. My bra has more padding than that tire had thickness.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Austin, TX
    I ride on county roads with chip-seal surfacing. I've had good luck with Conti GP 4000 S tires. Even when the road surface had recently applied chips (which is kind of pointy), the tires did not slice or flat.

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Quote Originally Posted by Dogmama View Post
    Just had a flat that sliced my tire. Since I often ride alone, I'd like to carry a small, lightweight folding tire. Any recommendations?
    Do you use tubulars or clinchers?
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    What about carrying a tire boot instead, if you're using clinchers? I've used everything from a dollar bill to duct tape to Tyvek from a FedEx mailer with great success. They're not pretty or permanent, but each one has gotten me home safely. Park Tool also makes their own version.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    where the wind comes sweeping down the plain
    Carrying a boot is a great idea. I do that myself- usually an old gu packet and some dollar bills. They work fantastic in a pinch and will be much smaller/lighter than carrying a spare tire.

    Of course, that won't help for every instance. Last year I had a blowout that blew a hole in the tire at the bead and bent the rim- so there was no fixing that. I *might* have been able to fix the rim if I'd had a screwdriver, but the tire was beyond repair since it blew out at the bead. Had to wait 3 hours on the side of a country road for my DH to get off work and come get me 40 miles from home. Whoopsie.
    Lesson: find someone else to call in an emergency...ergo: I need to make more friends.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Boise Idaho
    Another boot idea is to cut up an old water bottle, The Bike Hermit carries a piece in his tool bag. Of course we ride on touring tires so this solution may be too wide if you ride a narrower tire. We stock Schwalbe Marathon folding tires - dureme and supreme but again in touring tire widths.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    The newest Michelin Pro 4 road tires fold up pretty darn small. But, I agree with the Park Tire Boot suggestion. Works great



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