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    Agree about the Utah weather right now, this is my favorite time of year to be out biking and running. Cooler temperatures and a summer of training make getting out really enjoyable.

    I went on a ride Monday morning. I planned on about 40 miles along the Legacy Parkway, but I got a flat about 10 miles in. After fixing the flat, I altered my plans and ended up getting in some hill work in Bountiful while working my way back home.

    I have been dreading getting a flat. When I got Gatorskin tires, I had to pay a bike shop to put them on because I couldn't get them on. Even the bike shop took 40 minutes and went through 4 tubes to get them on. And as I suspected, Gatorskins are awesome, but not completely thorn proof.

    Knowing this, I bought a Kool Stop Tire Bead Jack. It worked amazingly well, and I didn't end up with blisters on my thumbs or popping the new tube. It's pretty big, so it's not perfect for taking with you on rides, but if you use a Camelback it isn't too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisrenrut View Post
    Agree about the Utah weather right now, this is my favorite time of year to be out biking and running. Cooler temperatures and a summer of training make getting out really enjoyable.

    I went on a ride Monday morning. I planned on about 40 miles along the Legacy Parkway, but I got a flat about 10 miles in. After fixing the flat, I altered my plans and ended up getting in some hill work in Bountiful while working my way back home.

    I have been dreading getting a flat. When I got Gatorskin tires, I had to pay a bike shop to put them on because I couldn't get them on. Even the bike shop took 40 minutes and went through 4 tubes to get them on. And as I suspected, Gatorskins are awesome, but not completely thorn proof.

    Knowing this, I bought a Kool Stop Tire Bead Jack. It worked amazingly well, and I didn't end up with blisters on my thumbs or popping the new tube. It's pretty big, so it's not perfect for taking with you on rides, but if you use a Camelback it isn't too bad.
    I picked up some gatorskins and was less than impressed.

    I flatted the very first time I took them out, and 2 of the first three times. On one of my long rides I got 2 flats on the same ride.

    Before the gatorskins, I was riding on some tires that were so old I was starting to see threads. I only flatted twice on those tires - thin as they were.

    I know I've been riding more than in the past, but it is still pretty frustrating to flat that often on new tires that are supposed to be awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie View Post
    I picked up some gatorskins and was less than impressed.

    I flatted the very first time I took them out, and 2 of the first three times. On one of my long rides I got 2 flats on the same ride.

    Before the gatorskins, I was riding on some tires that were so old I was starting to see threads. I only flatted twice on those tires - thin as they were.

    I know I've been riding more than in the past, but it is still pretty frustrating to flat that often on new tires that are supposed to be awesome.
    I've got a set of new Continental 4000s and a set of Michelin Pro 4's that I've been debating on using this weekend. I don't want trouble so I've been reading all the reviews and you get everything from these tires are dangerous to I've got 4000 miles on these tires and never had a flat. I'm going to ride on the 4000s tonight and see if I like them. One thing I learned one year at Lotoja was to go for a ride before Saturday with any new tires or tubes or any new adjustment you are doing for the race. It's a terrible feeling to be changing a tire with your start time only five minutes away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    I've got a set of new Continental 4000s and a set of Michelin Pro 4's that I've been debating on using this weekend. I don't want trouble so I've been reading all the reviews and you get everything from these tires are dangerous to I've got 4000 miles on these tires and never had a flat. I'm going to ride on the 4000s tonight and see if I like them. One thing I learned one year at Lotoja was to go for a ride before Saturday with any new tires or tubes or any new adjustment you are doing for the race. It's a terrible feeling to be changing a tire with your start time only five minutes away.
    I have put perhaps 5000 miles on my two sets of 4000s. They are my go-to tires. I have had two flats in three years, all the same weekend on the same stretch of glass - strewn road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pheidippides View Post
    I have put perhaps 5000 miles on my two sets of 4000s. They are my go-to tires. I have had two flats in three years, all the same weekend on the same stretch of glass - strewn road.
    That's great to hear, it's the set I'm leaning toward using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC Vikings View Post
    I've got a set of new Continental 4000s and a set of Michelin Pro 4's that I've been debating on using this weekend. I don't want trouble so I've been reading all the reviews and you get everything from these tires are dangerous to I've got 4000 miles on these tires and never had a flat. I'm going to ride on the 4000s tonight and see if I like them. One thing I learned one year at Lotoja was to go for a ride before Saturday with any new tires or tubes or any new adjustment you are doing for the race. It's a terrible feeling to be changing a tire with your start time only five minutes away.
    I rode on Grand Prix 4000S last year and liked them. I never had any flats until the rear tire was worn quite thin. This year I bought some Michelin Pro4 Endurance and thought they were good tires and wore well. However, they didn't seem to roll as well as the Continentals and even felt a little sluggish at times. I'm not sure which model of the Pro4 you have, but the Endurance compares more to the Gatorskin, so your Pro4s may have a much different feel. I just put on a pair of Continentals before riding Saturday morning and they feel great.
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    I ride Pro4's and love them. Flats are extremely rare.

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    20 miles in 95 degree plus heat, the air so thick you can cut it. Nasty weather.

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