Last Updated on February 18, 2023
Punctures were starting to take the enjoyment out of my cycling until I found out how to stop getting punctures. I had a job on an industrial estate and had to cycle past a windscreen repair place that always had a skip full of glass outside; I hated cycling past that skip and hearing the hisssssss of a new puncture. The roads and cycle paths between my house and work seemed littered with thousands of puncture hazards. At worst I was getting five punctures a week – I was getting a puncture nearly 50% of the time I rode my bike! I’d had enough. Then a friend gave me the answer.
Prevent punctures on your bike.
The answer is a tyre, a tyre called a Schwalbe Marathon Plus. These tyres are ‘armoured’ with a thick layer of kevlar protection, and as soon as I fitted these tyres the punctures stopped. Well they almost stopped, I still get the occasional puncture, but now if I do get a puncture it’s a massive nail or something that would stop anything, rather then punctures being caused by EVERYTHING I RIDE OVER.