Best Puncture Resistant Tires For Road Bike / Commuting

Best Puncture Resistant Tires For Road Bike / Commuting

In this video, I’ll be introducing some of the tires that I use on my road bike and commuting bike. I strongly recommend them since I have yet to get a single puncture on either of them with over thousands of kilometers ridden on both sets.

The main tires I’ll be looking at in this video are the

#1 Schwalbe Marathon
Great Commuting/Touring Tire
US –
Japan –

#2 Continental Gatorskins
Great Smooth Rolling Road Bike Tire / I’ve used this in races and it performs great
US –
Japan –

Buy 2 pack and save $$$
US –
Japan –

#3 Schwalbe Durano
Appears to be a good balance of protection, low rolling resistance, and a cheaper price point. Still haven’t test ridden this yet, but will be testing it out from now on.
US –
Japan –

Buy 2 pack and save $$$
Japan –

I’m sure there are a lot of other great tires out there.. This is just a list of the ones that I’ve used and have found to be reliable and puncture resistant. If you have any other suggestions, please leave them in the comments!

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  1. Peter Yannick on July 1, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    I hardly ever had a puncture but it changed when I moved to Glasgow. Scotts like to party and there is always a broken bottle on the side of the road. I bought kevlar Vittoria racing folding tires and on the first ride I found a cut on top of the tyre about half centimetre long but the tyre did’t loose the pressure and I rode it for almost two years.
    I was going to buy Continental this year because they have such a good press. James Hayden won the Transcontinental on them this year.
    Yet when I went to the store they had only Vittoria in the size I was looking for, so its Italia once again ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. uomorana71 on July 1, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    try tufo tubulars: fast, tough, lots of grip and comfortable too, especially the 25 mm elite ride

  3. Dapster on July 1, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Gatorskins are trash. Barely lasted a week and got 3 flats on the same tire. Eventually I gave them away. Worst $80 I ever spent on a pair of tires. I’ll spend an extra $20 on Armadillos.

  4. Shadi Gif on July 1, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Continental Grand Prix 4 Season lighter better rolling resistance 0.5mm less Center tread thickness and very close puncture protection compared to gatorskins

  5. MrOtokoshiro on July 1, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    So how the SCHWALBE tire?

  6. Asaphe Magno on July 1, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks Man!

  7. Scocasso Vegetus on July 1, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    I highly recommend Panaracer tires, especially since you live in Japan (they are made in Japan, yo~! I find them to be very good quality and last a long time. Also, any tire can be changed into a puncture-free tire by using Mr Tuffy tire liners. I have literally ridden my road bike tens of thousands of kms without any flat with Mr Tuffy. I also look for tires that have Kevlar in them which also helps a lot for punctures — my most recent tires are Hutchinson Keflar tires and I have been too lazy to put in the Mr Tuffy and haven’t had a flat yet with… not sure how many kms… certainly 10 thousand+.

  8. DRBTempleRocker on July 1, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    I absolutely LOVE Schwalbe tires! I have the Marathon Supreme on my touring bike when it’s not touring (very fast and still more protective than most tires), and the Marathon Mondial in the winter (those things are tanks).

    I’ve had seriously bad luck with Continental. The Travel Contact, Speedride, and even GP Four-Season all had sidewall rips, some worse than others. I positively loved the Four-Season for a measly 1,000mi…. I’ve heard great things about the Gatorskins, though.

    I just bought a set of Michelin Pro 4 Endurance v2. Same weight as the Gatorskins, nearly the same puncture resistance in various tests, as 5 watts less rolling resistance, apparently (according to Here’s to hopefully a decent set of road bike tires after many years of struggle!

  9. Drew Lucero on July 1, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    I use the Schwalbe Marathon Plus also the Big Apple.. But what I really love about them is the reflective ring around the tire .๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ“ธ

  10. Peter Campbell on July 1, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    Have ridden on the Duranos and really like them. The gatorskins are nice but have had bad luck with punctures and they are so hard to seat on the rim compared with vittorias and schwalbes.
    My go to is the Vittoria Rubino Pro, usually cheap, rolls really well and have yet to have a puncture with several pairs on several bikes over thousands of kms.

  11. Dasdashas on July 1, 2019 at 10:03 pm

    I found it strange, even though you live in Japan, bought that tyres from overseas. I am just guessing tyres are expensive there. I am using panaracer gravelking for winter I highly recommend it but they prone to puncture, use it with puncture liner.

  12. Pablo Martรญnez on July 1, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Show me last tires in box please unboxing please

  13. Juan Roman on July 1, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    Try the Vittoria Rubino pro Endurance

  14. Montana White on July 1, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    I swear anytime thereโ€™s a biking event I see bikers on the side of the road with flats. I never get flats on my bicycles ever. I grew up commuting to school on my BMx bike. I swear you road tire guys are getting flats from every crack or bump in the road. Get some thicker tires. The weight wonโ€™t slow you down more than a flat.

  15. Howard Petrie on July 1, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    Had my first puncture on my Gatorskin yesterday. A staple just a bit heavier than the typical office staple somehow manage to kick up and penetrate the tire and tube as I rode over it. Have had good luck with these otherwise.

  16. Chasing Chinster on July 1, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Schwalbe Marathon Plus are even more durable, heavy duty and reflective. Perfect commuter tire! Maybe a bit overkill for some people but it’s nice to not worry about a flat especially in the winter.

  17. Sukirai on July 1, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    nice shirt

  18. nikarko01 on July 1, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Schwalbe..ahah! I get a flat per week, I think it depends where you ride. If is Germany not problem, it is in a city full of broken glass on the streets because the government doesn’t clean, impossible!

  19. Mark von Wisco on July 1, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Shval – beh. โ˜บ It’s German for swallow, as in the bird. The Marathon is a great tire.

  20. Roman Rubaj on July 1, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    conti 4000 4 season

  21. Nat Lynch on July 1, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    panaracer gravel king tlc slicks , made in japan ! the best all rounder i have found .

  22. Will M. on July 1, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    I have the worst luck with flats, and I use he Gatorskin tires. I recently started biking again after healing from a back injury. I may have to go he wire bead type tire.

  23. Suresh Chinnappa on July 1, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    TWC I agree the contis are great. I did have a flat with them but that was because the road conditions were really bad. Lot of bottles thrown out of moving cars. The bottle shatters; perfect for punctures. Thatโ€™s life.

  24. eviltango on July 1, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Schwabble lol. great vid thanks!

  25. Shuyu on July 1, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    i always pronounced it as swab eeee lol

  26. readyset on July 1, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    By the way could you make a video on how they locally recycle bicycle tyres in Japan?
    Here in the USA there isn’t much info on bicycle tyre recycling, other than the random earth day collection at a local bike shop.
    I would cut the wire beads off with a utility knife and scrap the metal and tossed the rubber in the trash.

  27. Cooler Cooler on July 1, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    I have been running Vittoria rubino pros , can’t say I am very happy. After a 1000 miles ,
    One puncture in rear , lucky day.
    Wet sealed pavement is worse than ice .
    They hang on in the corners good
    Sound cool too

  28. Gonzalo Muneton on July 1, 2019 at 10:29 pm


  29. Pathfinder.Gregg on July 1, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Totally agree about the Schwalbe marathon.

  30. readyset on July 1, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Panaracers are great I have a pair of RiBMo and TServ.
    They were about 30 USD per tyre. The RiBMo held up to trails, gravel, dirt, and pavement.
    The T serv I’m still working on that bike ha…
    But they were fold-able so it saved on the shipping cost, usually bike shops charge an extra $10 for the large box for the beaded tyres.

  31. idkwuisp 76 on July 1, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    a lot of people have said that the Gatorskins have terrible ride quality and low grip

  32. Virgil Cheng on July 1, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    My commuter bike tyres has so many cuts on them and its time for a replacement after 18 months of use, I decided listen to your recommendation and got myself a pair of Gator Skin. Feels better power transfer than the previous Grand Prix 4000 and may be a little on the slippery side in wet weather, not a problem as long as I am aware of it. I use Panaracer on my MTB for foul weather commute, works well but less puncture resistance.

  33. oldsap on July 1, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    cheaper more durable tires you can buy in Japan: Maxxis Re-fuse

  34. zdravo on July 1, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Its S C H W A L B E !
    Not S C H W A B L E .

    Use google, it has pronounce ability

  35. Brian Messemer on July 1, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Great video and very practical as tires aren’t talked about often enough IMO. And yes, for road riding, Continental Gatorskins are the way to go! Have a great trip and ride safe in Taiwan. Hope your wife’s doing well. Cheers-

  36. abs on July 1, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    can wired tyres fit on older 1970 raleigh bike tyre size 27 x 1 1/4 (32-630) because my old tyres are panasonic panaracer pasela tyres without wires?

  37. Jin Nac on July 1, 2019 at 10:38 pm

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  38. FTW1207 on July 1, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Shwalbe Durano Plus for me…..

  39. Two Wheel Cruise on July 1, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Hey everyone, just so you know we started our Taiwan trip and have been busy getting our first few rides in. I was hoping to get some video editing done quickly, but we’re going to be sending our luggage ahead to the next city while we ride in between, which means no laptop for a few days. So it will be about a week until the next video, but there’s lots of good stuff coming!

    The same goes with responding to comments, I may be a bit slower than usual..

  40. Uriel Zรบรฑiga on July 1, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Someone using Maxxis Dolomites? I’ve not seen reviews about those tires

  41. freelanceriders on July 1, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Awwww no Vittoria Rubino Pros with graphene. I used to run gatorskins and converted to the Rubino Pros and will never go back. Awesome puncture protection and mileage.
    I’ve put them on all my bikes now.
    I’ve only had one puncture due to a crazy weed we have here in Western Australia call the Doublegee. It produces little rock hard fruits that have razor sharp spines on them that kinda look that those ninja caltrops.
    If you can, have a go at trying Rubino Pros. They’re Cannondale’s new standard tyre for their new System Six superbike

  42. amadeusb4 on July 1, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Not a fan of tread on road bike tires. It picks up debris which can later puncture the tire and throws a lot of water and mud. Bike tires don’t need tread as they don’t hydroplane. I prefer the Vittoria Rubino G+ Endurance to the Marathon but they do cost more. The Gatorskins give a bleh ride and don’t grip well. Get the GP4000 II’s instead. Decent puncture proofing, although not quite the Gatorskin’s level, and much nicer ride and performance. I think Conti is coming out with GP 5000 now. Michelin’s Pro 4 Endurance aren’t as good but can be a good bargain if you’re putting a lot of miles on a bike. Tires have really advanced in the past decade. It’s nice to experience fewer and fewer punctures without giving up performance.

  43. Bill Kong on July 1, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Continental GP4000 II
    Don’t ride through glass. Go around potholes. They last great.

  44. ColiRich on July 1, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Thanks for the excellent information.

  45. OAA OAA on July 1, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Schwalbe is pronounced as if you are saying the word school. Consider the "Shc" sounding like "Sc" without the "h". Like "sc" in the word "scoop"

    "Sch" – ool
    "Sch" – wal – be

    Some might say it’s Shhhh Wal Bee, but dramatically incorrect. However here in the US that’s how people says it, in the the UK however Sc – wal – be

  46. Pathfinder.Gregg on July 1, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Totally agree about the Schwalbe marathon.

  47. Thomas Phillips on July 1, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    jump cuts x100

  48. Theo Landman on July 1, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    I’ve the Marathon Schwalbe as well. Solid recommendation. No punctures after three years of daily commutes (13000+ km) despite having to drive through lots of smashed glass (thanks drunken people). In fact, I worn out my inner tubes faster. The downside is that cycling with them is slightly heavier compared to the Continentals. The reflective material on the sidewall are actually a legal requirement where I live (Netherlands). The Continental has less sidewall protection so be careful with going over sharp bumps and hopping on/off curbs. Otherwise just as good and lighter to cycle.

  49. Montana White on July 1, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Can I ask you how long tires normally last you. Road tires/ mountain bike tires. Just a rough estimate IE 1000 miles or 20000 miles. Iโ€™m really curious.

  50. Cuckoo on July 1, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    How to pronounce Schwalbe . Greetings from Germany