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STOP FLATS 2 BROWN TIRE LINERS 26 X 2.0 - 2.125
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Stop Flats 2 Brown Tire Liners 26 x 2.0 x 2.125
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by: on: 17-Oct 2010
I bought this Liner after getting 6 flat tires in 1 month in combination with the Avenir Thorn Resistant tubes. It works great. I ran over 5 thorns and just pulled each one out. Another time, I ran over 20 thorns, 10 in front tire, 10 in rear tire. After I got home, the tube deflated slowly over night because it was flat in the morning. This is probably the better option because the Avenir Thorn resistant tubes are VERY THICK AND HEAVY. You will feel it. It fills like someone put 20 lbs weights on each wheel. And you will ride about 2-5 mph slower. Lots of rolling resistance with those tubes. The solid tube tires are even worse. To alleviate this problem inflate to max air lbs. I've since put back the regular tube in the rear tire with this Liner. And now it's so much faster and perfect combination. I left the front tire with the Avenir Tubes and this Liner Just in case. Plus if the thorn hits you on the side, you're hosed because the liner only works on the contact side of the center of the tire. Good Luck!
Curved Side Down?
by: on: 06-Oct 2010
I purchased two set of the Brown Stop Ftats2 liners for my 2-bikes and when installing, I couldn't determine what side of the liner went against the tire or the tube. The instructions said "curved side down;" both sides of the liner are curved. I went to the stopflats.com website, no help. I sent an e-mail; no reply. I phoned their 800-245-3737 and was instructed to call 562-943-5599; when I phoned I got a recording saying I had reached California Bike Gear and to leave a message; I did. So far, no reply from e-mail or phone. I went ahead and installed the liners, took a chance and placed the "Brown" side toward the tire, grey side toward tube. This may or may-not be a good product, but, thier communication needs help.
Stop Flats 2 is good at what it does.
by: on: 04-Oct 2010
When I bought my road bike, I knew that running 700c x 23 tires would be an issue for me. I live in NYC, so there's constantly some kind of road debris to deal with. After researching my options, I figured this product was worth a shot. It was a cheap alternative to puncture resistant Kevlar tires & the only (uncommon) downside I'd read about was the possibility of flats from the end of the liner rubbing on the inner tube.
Buying the liners was a problem because most bike shops didn't carry them, & even the ones that did tried to get me to buy Kevlar tires instead, basically insisting that this was outdated junk that would add weight & wear away my tubes. I bought them anyway, online instead, & sanded down the ends before installing.
After 6 months of daily commuting, I have only ever had 1 flat caused by valve problems. A properly installed liner overlaps itself by about an inch, but even with my skinny, high pressure tires, I don't feel any bump from the overlap. Also, I inspect & refill my tires every week or so, & kind of enjoy digging out all the bits of glass & metal that never made it to deflating my tubes.
Currently, my tires are starting to go bald & I'm probably going to spend $25-$40 on replacements instead of the $100-$140 I'd be shelling out on the puncture resistant tires. These liners have more than paid for themselves in inner tube savings, but when I factor in savings from riding on any old brand of tire, I think this may be the smartest addition to my setup.
I short: Stop Flats 2 liners are key to my riding with confidence on any tires and any urban terrain. Sand down the ends & you should be fine.
by: on: 16-Sep 2010
I've had no problems with this product, I ride over some pretty thorny terrain and have stopped having flats. It was pretty easy to install. Overall I am very satisfied.
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