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Old 08-23-19, 03:07 AM
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I did a 9 day trip through part of the Rockies on a specialized roubaix. It was light credit card touring so no heavy pannier loads, just my heavy body. I was running rims that were 30mm deep or so, never seemed to have issues with them. I was running 28mm Vittoria Corsa tires and only had one flat in 1100km. I found the paved shoulders on the main highways exceptionally clean compared to roads in Ontario. I still use those same wheels and tires on rides all over Ontario and have had good luck with them.

I wouldn't bother with puncture resistant tires, they're slow and give a harsh ride. If your frame can fit 32mm I'd go that way though, a supple tire makes for a nice fast ride. I would carry a spare tire and two tubes, I always do on brevets and tours, never been stranded on a ride. I also carry a boot if something goes really wrong.

I imagine folks that live in windy places still use deeper rims but I don't have any experiences to share.
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