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    I'm rolling on the "Schwalbe Marathon Touring Tyre - GreenGuard". I've never flatted with them, but the ride quality is so bad I wish I hadn't bought them. So I can look forward to that for another 10000 miles or so.

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    You may want to ask in a Seattle based forum about where to ride if you haven't done so already. The most active forum that I could find with simple search is http://forums.mtbr.com/washington/ which has about 5 posts/Day.

    Seattle DOT main biking page. Here is a link about street sweeping which says that it's handled by Seattle Public Utilities. Here is the main page for street sweeping, and there is a Contact Us link on the left side of the page.

    Finally, here is a link to their Potholes page, and to the right, you can find a link to "Find It, Fix It Mobile App" to report problems.

    Hope this helps!

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    Previously on the Trek, I ran Continental Touring PLUS's. I was boasting how they would stand up to everything short of a snapping turtle. Then I got a flat from a staple. Instant humility check.

    Currently running Schwalbe Marathons. No flats. Yet. (The Ride Leader has just jinxed himself.)

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    Well, based on the suggestions on this thread, I went out and bought a Schwalbe Marathon Plus tire for my rear wheel (I had already bought a Continental Gatorskin which will go on my front wheel). And...

    ...a few hours later, much frustration, and 3 broken tire levers (even my BikeArlington one!), I will let everyone know how it is once I put it on Wednesday evening after I stop at the bike shop to get a bead jack tire lever so that it's actually possible to put the tire on the wheel. I tried watching a few how-to videos (including some that don't use tire levers at all, it's witchcraft, I tell ya), but I was unable to work the last part of the bead over the edge of the rim.

    Oh, the flat count is now at 15 (3 front, 12 rear), as this morning I discovered a slow leak in the rear wheel that flatted it overnight.

    The most frustrating thing is that I've gotten flats on roads, bike lanes, and trails alike, and back home in the DC area, I did ever-so-slightly less biking and managed to only have a handful of flats per year. The saga continues, but I'll try to be more assertive in calling for pothole repairs and street-sweeping (I've reported one instance of a particularly bad road section).

    In the meantime, I used my new camera to take some macro shots of each of the tires on my chinook bike that will be replaced tomorrow. I put the interesting parts of the images together into a collage to show the aftermath of 4 months of biking in the Seattle area. Check out my tires' battlescars!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    Well, based on the suggestions on this thread, I went out and bought a Schwalbe Marathon Plus tire for my rear wheel (I had already bought a Continental Gatorskin which will go on my front wheel). And...

    ...a few hours later, much frustration, and 3 broken tire levers (even my BikeArlington one!), I will let everyone know how it is once I put it on Wednesday evening after I stop at the bike shop to get a bead jack tire lever so that it's actually possible to put the tire on the wheel. I tried watching a few how-to videos (including some that don't use tire levers at all, it's witchcraft, I tell ya), but I was unable to work the last part of the bead over the edge of the rim.

    Oh, the flat count is now at 15 (3 front, 12 rear), as this morning I discovered a slow leak in the rear wheel that flatted it overnight.

    The most frustrating thing is that I've gotten flats on roads, bike lanes, and trails alike, and back home in the DC area, I did ever-so-slightly less biking and managed to only have a handful of flats per year. The saga continues, but I'll try to be more assertive in calling for pothole repairs and street-sweeping (I've reported one instance of a particularly bad road section).

    In the meantime, I used my new camera to take some macro shots of each of the tires on my chinook bike that will be replaced tomorrow. I put the interesting parts of the images together into a collage to show the aftermath of 4 months of biking in the Seattle area. Check out my tires' battlescars!

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    Oh yeah, btw, the marathons are hard to get on the rim initially.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Judd View Post
    Oh yeah, btw, the marathons are hard to get on the rim initially.
    Agreed. I've had good luck with the Crank Brothers tire levers (https://www.rei.com/product/843163/c...ier-tire-lever) - still not as easy as some, but much easier than by hand or using something else.

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    I read a tip about tying a toe strap around one end of the tire/wheel, squeeze down and tighten the strap, then squeeze down out from that point until you reach the top when they just pop over the rim, works for me, and I love Schwalbe Marathon Greenguard in the past year I've bought three pairs and just put a pair of 20" on my daughters bicycle trailer. Kenda Tires also compete for puncture-resistance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    Well, based on the suggestions on this thread, I went out and bought a Schwalbe Marathon Plus tire for my rear wheel (I had already bought a Continental Gatorskin which will go on my front wheel). And...

    ...a few hours later, much frustration, and 3 broken tire levers (even my BikeArlington one!), I will let everyone know how it is once I put it on Wednesday evening after I stop at the bike shop to get a bead jack tire lever so that it's actually possible to put the tire on the wheel. I tried watching a few how-to videos (including some that don't use tire levers at all, it's witchcraft, I tell ya), but I was unable to work the last part of the bead over the edge of the rim.

    Oh, the flat count is now at 15 (3 front, 12 rear), as this morning I discovered a slow leak in the rear wheel that flatted it overnight.

    The most frustrating thing is that I've gotten flats on roads, bike lanes, and trails alike, and back home in the DC area, I did ever-so-slightly less biking and managed to only have a handful of flats per year. The saga continues, but I'll try to be more assertive in calling for pothole repairs and street-sweeping (I've reported one instance of a particularly bad road section).

    In the meantime, I used my new camera to take some macro shots of each of the tires on my chinook bike that will be replaced tomorrow. I put the interesting parts of the images together into a collage to show the aftermath of 4 months of biking in the Seattle area. Check out my tires' battlescars!

    Front tire (~2,000 miles on it)
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    Those tyres look like they've been riding in PG County!

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    Here is a short 1-minute video that shows the secret to installing hard to mount tire and rim combinations:



    Here is another longer version:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XUFVrl0UT4

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    Well, this is worth a story, so here goes:

    After stopping by the bike shop on my way home from work today, I picked up a tire bead jack which would help me finish putting the Schwalbe Marathon Plus tire on my rear wheel. I also bought some new tire levers to keep on my bike and at my apartment.

    Excitedly, I went right to putting the tire on when I got home. I took the tire bead jack out of its packaging and immediately used it on the tire. On the first attempt, I was able to get more of the tire on the wheel than ever had been before. On the second attempt...

    *SNAP*

    The tire bead jack's arm snapped off, flying about 10 feet across the room. The look on my face was that of shock as the possibility that I wouldn't be getting the tire on by myself was becoming a reality. I decided, you know what, I'll just try one of these new tire levers, break one or two, and take it to the bike shop tomorrow so they can fight with the darn thing.
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    So, I set to work with the tire lever, using as much of the techniques that I could from the how-to videos, and voila, the tire was on! It looked beautiful with its reflective wall, and I was somewhat surprised to get the tire on having fought with it the previous day. All right, let's pump this baby up so I can put the other new tire on the front wheel and go for a ride! I attach the valve to my floor pump and send some air into the tire...

    ...but it's not inflating. Why isn't it inflating?!?! I... ...must... ...have... ...*gulp*... ...pinch flatted the tube.

    As the world turned grey, I curled up into a ball on the floor. Time stopped. A baby somewhere cried. A person spilled wine on their brand new white blouse. Everything was horrible in the universe.

    Eventually, I came to my senses, gritted my teeth, and decided I was going to put a new tube in tonight whether my already-raw thumbs fell off or not. I had little trouble getting the tire off, putting a new inner tube in, and went back to work trying to get the last part of the tire on. Eventually, I succeeded, and after some pumps of air, the tire stayed inflated. It was glorious, I tell you! I then put the Gatorskin tire on the front wheel, almost not even needing the tire lever save for the very last bit of tire, and then I went on a ride to test out the new set-up.
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    I went on what is becoming my go-to route for a quick 12 mile loop that has some hill climbs to get my blood pumping, comfortable roads including a two-way PBL that operates more like a parallel bike path, passes by a grocery store I like to peruse, and a couple of wheeee inducing descents. And best of all, they had my favorite flavor of ice cream at the grocery store, and I hadn't seen the flavor on the shelves for a few weeks!
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    The Schwalbe Marathon Plus tire definitely has a different, heavier feel to it, but I'll take the added protection. So far, 12 miles without a flat. Starting small, but I'll take it! Thank you all for the advice!

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