Hi i'm new to road cycling and did my 2nd sportive last weekend South of Swindon. After 5 punctures in the first 60km (one was my own fault from a pinch flat)I was a dispirited man and thinking of giving up. However I've been told just to buy new tyres from more experienced riders and have been recommended Gator Skins. However another mate says they are too heavy and not worth it. What is the general opinion? I'm never going to set the world alight with my ability or bike ( a giant defy 2) so just want to enjoy it but still be quick enough to stick with my mates who are fairly good so i'm not left on my own (and so i get a draft when the going gets tough).
All recommendations would be helpful - thanks