I always carry one, but the last time I needed one was 1984, and I'm not kidding. Maybe I'm lucky or tire technology is just that good these days. I likely won't get rid of mine but the weight and real-estate savings has me thinking.
Yep. The tread voids and the sidewalls are vulnerable.. My "indestructible" Toyo MT's met their demise on I-5. Some metal shrapnel killed one. They had 20K on them so I had to buy two. $600 day.Depends entirely where you go.
It is a risk Vs consequences assessment. The risk of needing it may be small, but if the consequences of needing one when do don't have one are very serious (either from a safety or from a financial perspective) then that needs to be factored in.
One serious stake can destroy every tyre on one side of the vehicle in about one second.
I carry 2.
Reminds me about how changing a tire never happens on the nice bluebird day at lunchtime. It's always in the middle of nowhere, dark, pouring rain, on the side of a dirt shoulder haha.Wish to experience the life with no spare? Buy a motorcycle and travel off-road. After fixing a couple flats, in the middle of no where, in the heat, in the rain and pain of pulling everything off you may re-think the spare tire question. Cheers.
LOL...so true!Reminds me about how changing a tire never happens on the nice bluebird day at lunchtime. It's always in the middle of nowhere, dark, pouring rain, on the side of a dirt shoulder haha.