5 of 5 customers found this review helpful.
I ride a daily, short loop on some pretty choppy roads here in this old copper mining town in southern Arizona,... to keep my mild arthritic knee healthier. An employee of Bike Tires Direct recommended the Continental Gator Hardshell tire after I described conditions here. I have not had any buyer's remorse at all.
Not long after mounting the 700 C's the front tire picked up 2 of those nasty goat head thorns. After reading reviews here, I had learned to wipe the tires down with a rag, inspecting them after each ride, to prevent any road hazards from embedding into the tire. Well, the tires took the two thorns, side by side on the top tread and I easily removed them with tweezers. Much to my delight, the tires renowned puncture resistance kept the thorns from reaching the Kenda inner tubes, which I also had purchased from BTD. No flat!!
I have now been riding the GatorSkins for 6 months or more, and haven't picked up any more goat head thorns, but I am confident that of I do, these babies (which ride remarkably smooth, BTW) will resist flats.
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