enter image description hereI recently got a bargain on a Trek Verve 3 bike. From what I read, it should support my weight (6 feet tall, 290lbs and going down) if I get wider tires with strong sidewalls. Currently I have an AT 750 Rim with 700 x 32C tires and wonder what kind of tire I should get to ensure I will not get those flats on the road.

I will be using this bike for commuting on pavement only. No harsh riding or anything.

This bike also has the front suspension fork which I was told I could lock in to avoid it from going up and down all the time.

Any thoughts on the tires or advice at all? Thank you!

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    If you're not hot dogging then the only thing you really need to worry about is "snake bite" punctures from, eg, hitting a curb when your tire pressure is too low. Keep tire pressure above about 70psi and you should have no troubles on a 32 or wider tire. The only other thing you might do is get belted tires, to protect against ordinary punctures due to debris on the roadway. Mar 14, 2016 at 2:35
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    Looking at the picture, though, it appears that the bike has no front brake. That is not good, given your weight. You should perhaps see if a bike shop will be able to install some used components at a reasonable price (or hit up a friend who has a basement full of old bike parts). Mar 14, 2016 at 2:38
  • Thank you so much for your feedback! The front tire has brakes, and yes I do need to replace those for a pair of new ones. I also need to clean it up, add some grease and change the brake cables. Will also buy a more "cushiony" saddle Mar 14, 2016 at 2:50
  • BTW, I can't tell exactly what width rims you have, but from the picture I'd guess you should be able to safely use 35mm or 38mm tires on those rims (if you wish to have a wider tire). Of course, you are also limited by the frame and how wide a tire you can install before it rubs. Mar 14, 2016 at 2:57
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    I'd stick marathon plus 35s on there, or 38s if they fit. They're as close to puncture proof as you can buy and (as they're meant for touring with heavy loads) designed to be run at higher pressures than similar sized tyres. This should eliminate snake bite flats. They're hard wearing so should outlast cheaper tyres. Other brands make similar tyres but these are what I know.
    – Chris H
    Mar 14, 2016 at 7:53

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There are many tire options available.

The Schwalbe Marathon Plus in. 700x35c, or the Specialized Armadillo tires in the same size will work for you needs.

The bike has other issues, though, including the mentioned missing brake.

It also appears to be small for someone 6 foot tall.

I would recommend having a good mechanic thoroughly check it over before riding it.

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