|Bicycle with the new tires on|
After work, I decided that it was time to invest in a new pair. I wasn't sure what the bike shop would say about it, but when I told them I was getting lots of flats, they agreed that it was time for a new set. I had just over 5000 kms (just over 3000 miles) on the old pair. Those tires came with the bike when I bought it, and so probably were a cheap $18 tire.
The bike shop owner showed me the Continental line of tires as I have heard good things about them. I ended up buying the Continental Touring Plus tire. I like the company's little saying for it - "
Touring Plus - No fear of bedevilling flats!" It's heavier then my other tires, but it's meant to be more puncture resistant. These are made with wire bead, so you can't bend them. I found out that is how you can tell what they are made of. The next step up is Kevlar Tires
|Bike with old tires just before I changed them|
|Front tire changed, working on back tire.|
I will have to lock the bike downstairs on the railing for a while as I believe that I have injured my right wrist/hand lifting it up and down 3 flights of stairs daily. Perhaps a pinched nerve or pulled muscle. I am grateful that I have a light bike though as I don't think that a heavier steel bike would be good for me since I live in an apartment with no downstairs storage room to store bicycle in. I am hoping that not lifting it for a while, except for that little bit of stairs (about 6 steps)..will help heal my hand...it's a pain right now!
|Locked bike, frame, seat, and wheels to railing.|
|Used my good U-lock to secure back wheel|
Anyone else have these tires? How are they like?
**April 28 update..Yesterday, I had thought that I had put the tires on backward, but it turned out I had put front wheel on backwards. I was tired with the sore hand, so I didn't notice until I hopped on the bike this morning. I changed it at work! Both tires are good now, I didn't feel like fumbling with the tires again as my hand is too sore for that right now. Hope it goes away..