Nothing deflates a good bike ride like a flat tire. One of the easiest ways to prevent flats is by using tire liners. Tire liners protect your tubes from glass, thorns, rocks and road debris, preventing blowouts and extending the life of your tires and inner tubes. Three tire liners stand out as the best in the market: SpinSkins, Panaracer Flataways and Slime tube protectors.
SpinSkins tire liners are manufactured from a tight weave of high-strength fibers. These simple, lightweight tire liners are incredibly tough. The closely woven fibers resist penetration from glass, thorns and sharp rocks while adding virtually zero weight to your ride. SpinSkins come in both road bike and mountain bike sizes.
Flataway tire liners are constructed from extremely durable Aramid fiber. The material is remarkably strong, lightweight and resistant to punctures. It maintains its integrity under very rough riding conditions where thorns, sharp stones and other road debris would otherwise put your tires and tubes at risk.
Extruded from polyurethane, Slime tube protectors are malleable, formfitting liners that hug the interior of your bicycle tire. Slime's liners are thin, extremely tough and perfect for lining tires that hold high pressure. The pressed material will resist nails, glass and road debris and add just a few grams to your bike's weight.
Article Written By Jake Kulju
Jake Kulju is a Minneapolis-based freelance outdoors writer with 10 years' experience. He is an outdoors guidebook author for Avalon Travel and his work is regularly published in "Outdoor Traditions Magazine" and "Naturescape News." His nature-based poetry is published in "Poetry Canada" and "Farmhouse Magazine." Kulju holds an English degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.