Time for tougher tyres

I’ve had three punctures in eight months. All of these have been on the way to or from work, rather than when touring, but I really don’t think that’s a great strike rate. Furthermore, although I have become much quicker at changing an inner tube (all three were the back wheel too), it is still something that I would prefer to avoid doing at night, in the rain, beside a busy road (yes, I know that is the worst case scenario).

My Brompton came with fitted with Schwalbe Marathon Racer tyres. These have a lower rolling resistance than Schwalbe Marathon tyres, and they are more durable than Schwalbe’s Kojak tyre (which is also an option on new Bromptons), but my own experience over eight months suggested that the Racers are not as puncture resistant as I would like.

Schwalbe Marathon Racer tyre (L), to be replaced with Schwalbe Marathon tyre (R)

Therefore, I decided to switch to Schwalbe Marathon tyres, to see if things improved. Time will tell … I’ll report back after a few hundred commuting and touring miles.

Before … the Schwalbe Marathon Racer tyre (and a grubby front wheel)
After … the Schwalbe Marathon tyre (and a sparkling front wheel)
The rear tyre replaced as well (and a good opportunity to clean the wheel)

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