For a few weeks I've been noticing more gravel and debris along the side of the streets. I was glad to see the street sweepers were out cleaning a couple of the East-West streets I cross like Garland, but they haven't made it to the main streets I ride. So somewhere along Broadway I felt that funny feeling - what, is my wheel loose and going to fall off? - soon I realized the back tire was dangerously low. I made it to Riverfront Park before walking the last couple blocks in to work. The culprit turned out to be a little crumbly piece of safety glass. These tires ride nice, but I'm not too impressed with their flat protection. Maybe I just attract nails, glass and debris and need a bomb proof tire.
Panaracer T-Servs look like they might protect against flats better, but I'm not ready to shell out close to $50 bucks each for them (I want the ones with the reflective sidewalls, mostly for the look). I don't really want to buy new tires, so I think I might try those tire liners. Maybe that'll give me enough protection on the mean streets I ride on.
Speaking of gumwall tires, I got a laugh out of the guy over at All Hail the Black Market. He was trying some Bruce Gordon Rock 'n Road gumwall tires and said "They look like old man tires." (Towards the bottom of this post.) Maybe that's why I like the Paselas. Except for that flatting thing.