Re: How you can do something different-to vastly reduce flats

Harvey Miller

The Schwalbe Aerothan is interesting but I, personally, wouldn't state that it redefines bicycle tubes.., yet. These tubes sell on Amazon for $36 each and, basically, can not be permanently patched according to many sources. A puncture still requires stopping and repairing/replacing and the jury is out regarding its resistance to punctures. It also, at this time, only comes in 40 mm valve lengths so a valve extender may be needed, especially on aero rims. Note also that the valve is made from plastic and requires increased handling care. Its real advantages lie with reduced weight, better ride feel and possible increased puncture resistance. 

If you don't mind the possible negatives it may be worth trying but bring a backup tube anyway. 

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