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I brought my road bike to Mumbai where the roads are pretty bad (lots of potholes, gravel...), I've been getting a puncture roughly every 2 weeks. The tires are about 6 months old. They are a bit worn out, but people I ask here say it's fine.

What are my options to deal with this? Should I line the tire with old tubes?

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Kevlar tyres. Or at least kevlar liners. Check the pressure regularly, especially if running on patched tubes.

I suspect sharp debris/litter may be the problem

Lining with old tubes doesn't seem like a good idea - they're no stronger than the tube you've got, and add significant bulk affecting how the tube sits.

For properly bad roads, I wouldn't ride on road tyres - get something designed for rougher urban use. All the major tyre manufacturers make something with kevlar, slightly thicker rubber and a bit of grip compared to road tyres. I've fitted continental's version to a mountain bike for city use, and it will take much more sharp stuff than MTB tyres.

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  • Yes, the problem is definitely debris... I shall try out kevlar lining or tires with kelvar in them. Thanks – nishantjr Jul 29 '13 at 12:59
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    Note that you want a Kevlar belted tire, not one with a Kevlar bead. The Kevlar bead makes the tire "foldable" but does not in any way improve puncture protection. Kevlar belted tires improve puncture resistance at least 10x. – Daniel R Hicks Jul 29 '13 at 14:26
  • @DanielRHicks, a very good point, I had forgotten Kevlar beading was a thing in my enthusiasm for Kevlar belts. – Chris H Jul 29 '13 at 14:28

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