13 of 13 customers found this review helpful.
My bikes have replaced my vehicles, road & mountain. The road bike was having a tough time. I broke spokes once or twice a week and experienced flats at the same rate. I went to a mountain bike in an effort to mitigate the problems. The incidence of broken spokes was reduced. However, in Southern Calif., in some areas, we have a lot of new arrivals who love to break glass. In the street on the side walk it does not matter to them.
Last May I had a bad crash. About midight I was riding down a sidewalk. There were plates over a permanent trench type drain. The plates had opened up abot a 2 12 inch gap. It was dark. My front wheel went in, I went over the bars and damaged both wheels. I had been running 26x1.50.
Due to my size the LBS wanted to special order some extra heavy wheels on 12ga spokes. I said ok. We paired them with 1.95's inorder to gain greater weight distribution. However, the tires were still just the cheap $12-$15 variety. The LBS did not carry anything better. The spoke problem was solved but the tires contiued to fail at the same rate.
I have been a customer of BTD for some time so I decided to see what they offered. The Schwalbe Big Apple was the only tire that stated a 330 lb weight capacity. I ordered two with Innova thorn resistant tubes. I did have a problem with the Innovas. They could not handle expansion to 2.35. The salesman suggested I try the Michelin tube.
I believe the Michelin tubes showed up in early July. I just had my first flat 3 days ago on December 2nd! That was 5 months before a single flat. I rode the same areas I have always ridden To work, the market, the mall and to visit friends. This tire and tube combination has been outstanding. Instead of being in the LBS twice a week I have not been back for 6 months ($$$)! I love these tires. I do my best to avoid the glass but sometimes I will hear a crunch. However, the crunch has yet to be followed by pssssssssst. I am 6'4 and in September weighed in at 363.4 lbs.
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