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My Best Puncture Resistant Tires For Bike Commuting / Road Bike

My Best Puncture Resistant Tires For Bike Commuting / Road Bike


hey guys what’s going on, Two Wheel Cruise here and today we’re going to be talking about tires so for those of you who are
new to this channel my name is Cruise I like to make videos here about my life
here in Japan and cycling and everything in between so I actually just got this
package in the mail pretty big as you can see this giant package so this was
ordered through chain reaction cyclists this video isn’t sponsored by chain
reaction cyclists it’s just a really good site where you can get stuff for
cheap online shipped to Japan some Wiggles also really good so I usually
shop between the two but anyway I ordered some tires on line so I thought
I’d make a video talking about what tires that I’m using what tires that I
recommend for training and riding on road bikes and also for commuting so
let’s go ahead and open up the package and check these tires out we actually got some mountain bike tires as well but we’re not going to talk about those today so right off the bat you’ll notice there’s a big difference between these tires and this tire in this box as well as this tire here the key difference is
this tire is folded whereas these tires are not so there’s a big difference
between these are usually called wired bead type tires and these are more
like folding tires it really depends on the tire but generally people say that
the folding ones are a little bit easier to get on and get off the tire just
because they’re a bit more flexible and the wider tires tend to be a little bit
on the cheaper side so you can save a little bit of money by going with the
wired bead route so let’s go ahead and go through some of these options
so the first tire that I want to talk about is one of my favorite commuting
tires and this is a …. Schwalbe
I’m not actually sure how you pronounce this so I so the company Schwalbe the
model of this tire is the marathon from whatever it online this is one of the
more popular commuting tires so probably most of you guys already know about this
tire so starting with some key traits about this tire it’s really affordable
it’s not too bad it’s about twenty-five dollars or so for when I bought this
online at a pretty standard price it’s got some water tread in the top it’s got
really durable thick protection if you look on this chart here this is level
five on the protection chart on their chart
one two seven and that’s pretty darn good I think so I’ve been riding these
tires on my commuter bike my yellow Schwinn madison for over two years now
and I still haven’t gotten the flat and there’s plenty of miles plenty of
kilometers on that bike these are really solid tires so I finally got some
replacements for it right now so the water tread on the top also on the side
it’s got this nice little white band so it makes it stand out a little bit more
while you’re riding that’s precise I mostly go at 25 with my commuter bike
because it’s still a road bike it’s still a fixie there’s not too much
clearance for the tires if I had some bigger space for a commuter tire I might
go up to a 28 or even bigger they do make some bigger sizes for this tire so
you can easily get the bigger size there anyway these are credibly durable I’ve
written thousands of kilometers on mine no problems never a single puncture and
they really handle really well I ride in the rain all the time really solid tire
really great price point really you can’t beat it so solid recommendation
for the Schwalbe Marathon tire so my next tire that I ordered is also from
Schwalbe well this is called their de Durano…. living in Japan so long I
lives my ability to pronounce like how we pronounce things in English so the
durano I’m guessing the Durano model for the tire this is a new tire for me I
haven’t bought this one yet but there was a fairly decent difference in price
between this one and the marathon tire that I just showed you guys this one on
the protection level is only a four so one level down I’m not sure how big of a
difference that makes the previous tire was a level Green this is a level blue
protection whatever that means by their standard the tread as you can see it’s
not nearly doesn’t have as many water lines as the marathon one does so it is
a little bit less protected in that sense but this was a lot cheaper this
was only about for the marathon tire I ended up paying about 3000 yen per tire
so that’s about 27 26 dollars and for this one it was about 2400 yen so about
22 dollars so it’s a savings of about five six dollars so about twenty five
percent though on these tires so a twenty five percent savings in price
might be worth it if these end up having some decent durability these also seemed
to weight a little bit less because there’s less
detection but I’m gonna put these on and test them out and see how they go if
you’ve heard in these times before the schwa Boulder ah no de Reynaud let me
know how it’s worked out for you they had some pretty good reviews online so
I’m pretty hopeful for these and if they end up working good I might use these
more and save a little bit more money in my commuting tires these are also 25
with pretty much do that standard on all my road bikes so I got one set of each
of those the final Road commuting tire that I want to highly highly recommend
is the continental gator-skin most of you watching this probably already know
about these tires these have incredible protection I’ve
been riding these on my road bikes for years and I still have yet to get a
single puncture due to fault of the tire itself any puncture that I got was just
from wear on the tube itself so nothing from the tire ridiculous level of
protection I actually still race on these tires are so smooth and fast as
well so I actually use these tires to do races I’ve raced in crits here in Japan
on these tires I’ve placed in crates and cat1 crits
here in Japan on these tires it’s not nearly as light as some other racing
tires that you might use but I’m right now in my racing career I’m not really
focused so much on results I’d much rather have a tire that’s guaranteed to
not flat then just take the risk and go a little bit lighter and have that
lighter tire so talking about racing tires that’s a whole different topic
that’s not what we’re talking about today today we’re talking about tires
that will protect you from getting flats and allow you to enjoy your ride and not
worry about those things the bad point about these tires is these are much more
expensive than the other two tires we just recommended these ones start up at
about 50 dollars and if you’re lucky and you time you’re shopping online right
you find these on sale you can usually get these for about forty dollars if
you’re really lucky you can get down to 35 dollars but again it depends on the
type that you’re getting there’s two types of these tires
there is the folding style which I have here which is more expensive than the
Wired bead one which is the more open style just like these two that we just
reviewed so if you find it way cheaper online make sure that you’re getting the
correct one that you want if you don’t want the wired bead one and you want the
folding one make sure that you’re selecting the right one this one’s
usually at least about five dollars more expensive than the
wire feed one so keep that in mind so yeah usually I can get these on sale for
about 4045 dollars if they’re ever on sale I’ll stock up on a few of them so
when I need to swap them out I have them rather than waiting and then buying them
at full price later if I can’t get them on sale definitely worth stocking up on
a few of these because you will use them eventually so these are handmade in
Germany really great product highly recommended I’ve raced these on gravel
road races I ride my road bike everywhere and actually I have these on
a lot of my bikes right now I have these on my road bike I have these on my
wife’s road bike I have these on my cyclocross bike and I ride everywhere
all right on dirt roads all right on mountain bike trails and again no
problems incredible durability on these incredibly fast rolling you can still
participate in races on these so if you’re looking for a commuter tire that
you can still ride hard and fast and keep up with everyone this is the one
that you want to get if you want to save money and still have something
incredibly durable go with these rubble marathons you can’t go wrong with both
of them the only problem with these ones is they do have a bit more rolling
resistance so you’re not gonna be able to go quite as fast as you would with
the Gator skins but these probably do handle a little bit better in the rain I
do have to say can’t go wrong with both of these but anyway hope you guys found
this video useful if you have any other suggestions of Road tires that you can
use for training or commuting that I didn’t introduce in this video I’m sure
there’s a bunch of other ones available let me know in the comments if you have
any other cheaper solutions more durable solutions more puncture resistant
solutions by all means please let me know please let everyone know in the
comments and we’ll maybe check those out in the future when we need to get some
more new tires anyway that’s it for today’s video
thanks for watching if you like these kinds of videos and want to see more
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our playlist of videos of us cycling around Japan that’s it for today again
as always thanks for watching and we’ll see you next time here on tool cruise

99 comments on “My Best Puncture Resistant Tires For Bike Commuting / Road Bike

  1. I like your concept of also making some more bike related technical videos.

    I already saw the Conti X-King which I also run on my Scales mainly. So before saying too much about my experiences wit them now, I'll be waiting for your upcoming video.

  2. My ebike came with Schwalbe Super Moto X tyres. They took a bit of getting used to the way they handle since they’re a lot wider than what I’m used to. But they’re so nice on road and off-road as well. I’ll probably get marathons for my old commuter bike soon. The tyres that came with that one are old and there’s a big hole in the sidewall where it’s cracked. But I’ve never had a flat on those either. I’ve been pretty lucky to avoid flats.

  3. Shhhh Wall Bee 🙂
    The gatorskin size might bigger/wider/chubbier than any other brand for the same size number, just make sure it fits your frame/fork.

    For schwalbe tires never ever clean sidewall using brush, the sidewall so thin to the point you can rub the rubber and see the thread.

    My recommendation would be maxxis re-fuse for outdoor, and shwalbe kojak for rollers it's the super ultra slickest tire hopefully it doesn't make too much noise for japan standard decibel.

    My fave tire still Kenda smallblock, Kenda usually have lower pressure requirement for same size compare to different brands also the compound made last to the point even the compound is dead due to the aging but you still have fairly good thread.

    You might also check Tannus tires for puncture free.

    I wrote too much LoL.

  4. I prefer Continental over Schwalbe. But, it also depends on the country of manufacture. Both companies are German. Continental makes their higher priced tires in Germany, but most everything else is sourced through India or Thailand. I have found Schwalbe's quality has dropped over the past few years. Schwalbe also makes a lot of their tires in India.

  5. For 25$ I would've gotten a set of Clement Strada 28cs, those are foldables and are very light, never punctured in the 3weeks I've used it daily for racing and commuting to school.

  6. I have never had a flat tire… on- or off-road. I think a lot of people's flats start with improper installation or not being careful during installation.

  7. Hey everyone, just so you know we started our Taiwan trip and have been busy getting our first few rides in. I was hoping to get some video editing done quickly, but we're going to be sending our luggage ahead to the next city while we ride in between, which means no laptop for a few days. So it will be about a week until the next video, but there's lots of good stuff coming!

    The same goes with responding to comments, I may be a bit slower than usual..

  8. about a year ago swapped out my Schwable ZX 700×23 for Michelin POWER race 700×25 & FOSS puncture resistant tubes, 12-13000km later still on this set swapped ends @6000km
    Just amazed at NO Flats and slow wear on Michelins – best combo i've had in 20+ years.

  9. Schwalbeのマラソンを通勤用のシクロクロスに使ってます!
    パンク知らずで購入してよかったタイヤです😁
    装着するのが一苦労しましたが‥😅

  10. EL PSY CONGROO!
    I am mad scientist. It's so cool sonuvabitch!
    I wonder if I can make a jersey with everything steins;gate on it hmm

  11. I always use the very common Continental gp4000 II. Works well, rolls well and puncture resistance is good too. 🙂

  12. I started wrenching on bikes in Germany and quickly was corrected the first time I said it wrong. haha "Sch-vahl-buh."

  13. Yup, the Schwalbe Marathon 700×25 are great . About 1500 km on mine so far. No flats to date. Not much wear either. Worth the money.

  14. You should check out specialized armadillo tires. Very good puncture protection. Never had a flat on them. I also have co tinental contact 2's on my surly long haul trucker and love them. I have close to 4000 miles on them and don't even look worn. No flats as well

  15. I have ridden the durano for 2 yrs now with out a puncture so I can vouch for it tht it’s good. However I think u got to factor in the tyre size which I think 28c is more lasting and if u use a none spoke hole rim like the fulcrum wheel sets. This is because it’s not all abt the tyre tht causes puncture but the tube too due to spoke pinch punctures.

  16. Schwalbe is probably the company founder's name, but it happens to be the German word for swallow (the bird). You pronounced it almost correctly. It sounds like "Shvalbe". I use their Marathon Plus (level 7 protection, pretty) model on my Gazelle city bicycle. They have the perfect mix of durability and rolling resistance, but are pretty heavy.
    Thanks for recommending the Continental Gatorskin. I didn't even know about them. BTW: are all bicycle tires from Germany?! :')

  17. 初めまして!
    かなり前ですがモリコロパークでマックのジャージ着て走ってる姿見ました!
    ユーチューバだとは思わなかったです!

  18. I think something to note is that not only do softer tire's puncture easier, they also rip easier as well. I used to run Vittoria Zaffiro's on my Pinarello, and ripped them after 5 days of use. Meanwhile the Continental Ultra Sport I use now have easily seen a few hundred miles.

  19. Thanks for your video about tires, this model is on sale at my bike shop. Have you ever use this? https://www.primeauvelo.com/en/grand-prix-4000-rs-tdf-edition-tire-700c-71417-0019353.html

  20. All my bikes are shod with Continental; either GP4000 or Attack/Force. I won't touch Schwalbe again, after I had a sidewall rupture on me for no reason. I wasn't even moving at the time.

  21. If you're in Japan… Just get Panaracer tires. They are far more supple but just as durable as anything Continental and Schwalbe puts out.

  22. In total I have over 20000km on Vittoria tires. Have had 1 puncture which probably was the innertubes fault (looked like a manufacturfault) I love the Corsa 25mm. Very fast tires.

  23. Hi cruise, you should try schwalbe lugano, much cheaper than durano. I have been using it for 8 month, and never got flat tire even our road got many tiny rocks..

  24. Great video and very practical as tires aren't talked about often enough IMO. And yes, for road riding, Continental Gatorskins are the way to go! Have a great trip and ride safe in Taiwan. Hope your wife's doing well. Cheers-

  25. I use the Schwalbe Marathon Plus also the Big Apple.. But what I really love about them is the reflective ring around the tire .📸🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️🚴‍♂️📸

  26. Schwalbe Marathon Plus are even more durable, heavy duty and reflective. Perfect commuter tire! Maybe a bit overkill for some people but it's nice to not worry about a flat especially in the winter.

  27. I've the Marathon Schwalbe as well. Solid recommendation. No punctures after three years of daily commutes (13000+ km) despite having to drive through lots of smashed glass (thanks drunken people). In fact, I worn out my inner tubes faster. The downside is that cycling with them is slightly heavier compared to the Continentals. The reflective material on the sidewall are actually a legal requirement where I live (Netherlands). The Continental has less sidewall protection so be careful with going over sharp bumps and hopping on/off curbs. Otherwise just as good and lighter to cycle.

  28. TWC I agree the contis are great. I did have a flat with them but that was because the road conditions were really bad. Lot of bottles thrown out of moving cars. The bottle shatters; perfect for punctures. That’s life.

  29. Had my first puncture on my Gatorskin yesterday. A staple just a bit heavier than the typical office staple somehow manage to kick up and penetrate the tire and tube as I rode over it. Have had good luck with these otherwise.

  30. I hardly ever had a puncture but it changed when I moved to Glasgow. Scotts like to party and there is always a broken bottle on the side of the road. I bought kevlar Vittoria racing folding tires and on the first ride I found a cut on top of the tyre about half centimetre long but the tyre did't loose the pressure and I rode it for almost two years.
    I was going to buy Continental this year because they have such a good press. James Hayden won the Transcontinental on them this year.
    Yet when I went to the store they had only Vittoria in the size I was looking for, so its Italia once again 🙂

  31. Awwww no Vittoria Rubino Pros with graphene. I used to run gatorskins and converted to the Rubino Pros and will never go back. Awesome puncture protection and mileage.
    I've put them on all my bikes now.
    I've only had one puncture due to a crazy weed we have here in Western Australia call the Doublegee. It produces little rock hard fruits that have razor sharp spines on them that kinda look that those ninja caltrops.
    If you can, have a go at trying Rubino Pros. They're Cannondale's new standard tyre for their new System Six superbike

  32. 現在、台湾でサイクリングしてるんですね。いいですね。花蓮からの武嶺峠の山越えコースも行くのかな?動画アップを楽しみに待ってます。

  33. I have been running Vittoria rubino pros , can't say I am very happy. After a 1000 miles ,
    One puncture in rear , lucky day.
    Wet sealed pavement is worse than ice .
    They hang on in the corners good
    Sound cool too

  34. I highly recommend Panaracer tires, especially since you live in Japan (they are made in Japan, yo~! www.panaracer.com). I find them to be very good quality and last a long time. Also, any tire can be changed into a puncture-free tire by using Mr Tuffy tire liners. I have literally ridden my road bike tens of thousands of kms without any flat with Mr Tuffy. I also look for tires that have Kevlar in them which also helps a lot for punctures — my most recent tires are Hutchinson Keflar tires and I have been too lazy to put in the Mr Tuffy and haven't had a flat yet with… not sure how many kms… certainly 10 thousand+.

  35. I found it strange, even though you live in Japan, bought that tyres from overseas. I am just guessing tyres are expensive there. I am using panaracer gravelking for winter I highly recommend it but they prone to puncture, use it with puncture liner.

  36. Panaracers are great I have a pair of RiBMo and TServ.
    They were about 30 USD per tyre. The RiBMo held up to trails, gravel, dirt, and pavement.
    The T serv I'm still working on that bike ha…
    But they were fold-able so it saved on the shipping cost, usually bike shops charge an extra $10 for the large box for the beaded tyres.

  37. By the way could you make a video on how they locally recycle bicycle tyres in Japan?
    Here in the USA there isn't much info on bicycle tyre recycling, other than the random earth day collection at a local bike shop.
    I would cut the wire beads off with a utility knife and scrap the metal and tossed the rubber in the trash.

  38. Have ridden on the Duranos and really like them. The gatorskins are nice but have had bad luck with punctures and they are so hard to seat on the rim compared with vittorias and schwalbes.
    My go to is the Vittoria Rubino Pro, usually cheap, rolls really well and have yet to have a puncture with several pairs on several bikes over thousands of kms.

  39. My commuter bike tyres has so many cuts on them and its time for a replacement after 18 months of use, I decided listen to your recommendation and got myself a pair of Gator Skin. Feels better power transfer than the previous Grand Prix 4000 and may be a little on the slippery side in wet weather, not a problem as long as I am aware of it. I use Panaracer on my MTB for foul weather commute, works well but less puncture resistance.

  40. Schwalbe..ahah! I get a flat per week, I think it depends where you ride. If is Germany not problem, it is in a city full of broken glass on the streets because the government doesn't clean, impossible!

  41. Schwalbe is pronounced as if you are saying the word school. Consider the "Shc" sounding like "Sc" without the "h". Like "sc" in the word "scoop"

    "Sch" – ool
    "Sch" – wal – be

    Some might say it's Shhhh Wal Bee, but dramatically incorrect. However here in the US that's how people says it, in the the UK however Sc – wal – be

  42. I have the worst luck with flats, and I use he Gatorskin tires. I recently started biking again after healing from a back injury. I may have to go he wire bead type tire.

  43. can wired tyres fit on older 1970 raleigh bike tyre size 27 x 1 1/4 (32-630) because my old tyres are panasonic panaracer pasela tyres without wires?

  44. Gatorskins are trash. Barely lasted a week and got 3 flats on the same tire. Eventually I gave them away. Worst $80 I ever spent on a pair of tires. I'll spend an extra $20 on Armadillos.

  45. I absolutely LOVE Schwalbe tires! I have the Marathon Supreme on my touring bike when it's not touring (very fast and still more protective than most tires), and the Marathon Mondial in the winter (those things are tanks).

    I've had seriously bad luck with Continental. The Travel Contact, Speedride, and even GP Four-Season all had sidewall rips, some worse than others. I positively loved the Four-Season for a measly 1,000mi…. I've heard great things about the Gatorskins, though.

    I just bought a set of Michelin Pro 4 Endurance v2. Same weight as the Gatorskins, nearly the same puncture resistance in various tests, as 5 watts less rolling resistance, apparently (according to bicyclerollingresistance.com). Here's to hopefully a decent set of road bike tires after many years of struggle!

  46. I swear anytime there’s a biking event I see bikers on the side of the road with flats. I never get flats on my bicycles ever. I grew up commuting to school on my BMx bike. I swear you road tire guys are getting flats from every crack or bump in the road. Get some thicker tires. The weight won’t slow you down more than a flat.

  47. Can I ask you how long tires normally last you. Road tires/ mountain bike tires. Just a rough estimate IE 1000 miles or 20000 miles. I’m really curious.

  48. Continental Grand Prix 4 Season lighter better rolling resistance 0.5mm less Center tread thickness and very close puncture protection compared to gatorskins

    https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/road-bike-reviews/compare/continental-gatorskin-2015-vs-continental-grand-prix-4-season-2015

  49. Not a fan of tread on road bike tires. It picks up debris which can later puncture the tire and throws a lot of water and mud. Bike tires don't need tread as they don't hydroplane. I prefer the Vittoria Rubino G+ Endurance to the Marathon but they do cost more. The Gatorskins give a bleh ride and don't grip well. Get the GP4000 II's instead. Decent puncture proofing, although not quite the Gatorskin's level, and much nicer ride and performance. I think Conti is coming out with GP 5000 now. Michelin's Pro 4 Endurance aren't as good but can be a good bargain if you're putting a lot of miles on a bike. Tires have really advanced in the past decade. It's nice to experience fewer and fewer punctures without giving up performance.

  50. I was thinking about using the gatorskin hardshell($42) in 32c, but there are a few reviews talking about how they blow out at the side wall along the bead. It was recommend(from the bike shop, Specialized dealer…) to get the specialized armadillo($45)(60tpi) or elite($55)(120tpi) version. The elite are about $10 more per tire, and you have to order from a dealer or directly from specialized. I am trying to get the best supple/puncture resistant tire for these bad roads around here, and to take it easy or myself/rims.

  51. You’re paying too much for your Gatorskins. I had an ad pop up yesterday. $28/tire. One day only.

    They’re great tires. But I punctured one — coincidently yesterday.

  52. I seem to always hit larger debris that ends up cutting through the side wall of my rear tire. Every tire I have replaced has been due to this. Yesterday I took my eyes off the road for one minute while going down a hill and I hit a large piece of metal which got shot into traffic off of the side of my back tire… I'm going with the cheaper tires for now.

  53. I have come back to this vlog. I think I have something interesting for you. I run Gatorskin 28 and 32 on my road bikes. Running a 28 or larger I have reduced my the pressure to 50psi. This has 2 benefits, comfort and puncture resistance. I have essentially turned my road bike into a cycle cross with 28's. (The only downside is I have to insert the wheel/tyre into the fork deflated due to the rim brakes). Like you the puncture history is excellent. The rolling resistance (speed) is – I think – better than other 25 or 23 tyres. So good, on my Giant (disc) I now run 32's with no regrets.
    Go wide and reduce the pressure!
    Good riding!

  54. Thanks cruise for this video. There is a gatorskin and a gator hardshell. The former is 240 tpi and the 2nd is 180 tpi. Which type is better for both training and racing? Thanks.

  55. Best tyres for bikes continental tour ride. I had shwalbe and all other brands. I use them 17000km not even a single puncture

  56. Hi. Nice content mate. First..it`s not Swabel but Schwal-be. It`s so nice when you pronounce it well. (No for me but for yourself when you give your video`s open space to the world. LOL. I use Schwalbe Marathon Plus myself on my wheelchair. No puntures in about 6 years now. I am very pleased with it. I had to chance my tires about one year ago and used a new tire the Schwalbe one. These tires look like slicks but they are very sticky to the road, even when I use 7 or 8 BAR in my wheelchair wheels. In the beginning i had some residu from the tires on my hand, wich i had not when i used the Marathon plus at 7 or 8 BAR. You did a good job on your videa and will subscribe on your channel. Wishing many more safe miles to go. Greetings, Bert de Vries. Hillegom, The Netherands

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