Gritters and punctures

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by ozboz, 4 Feb 2019.

  1. ozboz

    ozboz Über Member

    Richmond ,Surrey
    My GF has had a lot of punctures lately , Marathon + tyres , I can only think it’s the grit used on the roads this time of year , it’s a real nuisance . anyone else had similar ?
  2. I have just changed to Marathon plus tyres from GP4000s for the same reason.
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  3. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Around here they use salt which dissolves quite quickly and is unlikely to cause punctures.
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  4. sleuthey

    sleuthey Über Member

    Purely based on gut reaction I cannot see the grit being the cause of the punctures
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  5. OP

    ozboz Über Member

    Richmond ,Surrey
    Believe me the tyre treads are full of little grit shards ,
  6. annedonnelly

    annedonnelly Girl from the North Country

    I find lots of little flints in the tread of my Marathon pluses - whether the road is gritted or not. I don't think any of them has caused a puncture.

    I go over the tyres and flick out the flints & any other rubbish when I clean the bike. Just in case there's anything that's going to work it's way through into the tube.
  7. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    The answer is to remove the tyres and boil them in hot water. It will give you the same protection against punctures as a flouro jacket does against blind drivers.
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  8. Phaeton

    Phaeton Guru

    Oop North (ish)
    As others have said I'd be surprised if it was the grit, more than likely just having a bad run, how much pressure is she running?
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  9. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    This. If you regularly inspect/pick bits out if your tyres, punctures are very rare unless the tyres are worn out. I check my tyres before any ride of any length. When touring I check them every morning. I find that most punctures are caused by stuff working its way through over time.
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  10. Yellow Saddle

    Yellow Saddle Veteran

    Loch side.
    Yes, we believe you, but we also understand that cuts open up and close with wheel cycles and trap grit. It doesn't mean grit causes the puncture.
  11. Nah, I’ve got a puncture proof set up on the bike I use the most at this time of the year. I ride through all the puddles and grit, broken headlight / tail light glass and washed out flints, and laugh at them. I still help if someone else succumbs to the P* fairy, but when I’m riding solo, I know I’m not getting a puncture, which saves a whole shed load of time at this time of the year.
  12. OP

    ozboz Über Member

    Richmond ,Surrey
    I was in the belief that marathon + had protection , must be bad luck on her behalf,
  13. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    They do more than less puncture resistant tyres but no pneumatic tyre is puncture proof. How worn are the tyres?
  14. They do, however they aren’t 100 percent puncture proof.
    Blue Hills likes this.
  15. OP

    ozboz Über Member

    Richmond ,Surrey
    Two weeks since I put them on , oh well ,
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