I've been having pretty good luck with both the Panaracer and Vittoria. BTW - Bic Camera has a pretty good (and cheap) selection of commuter parts. Make sure you have a good quality rimstrip, too!
Not always necessary. Some brands/models of wheel (I use Mavic) have smooth rims and should not be used with rim tape. I don't think this thread mentions CoffinDodger's wheel brand/model.Also USE RIM TAPE!
this is what it looks like. It's a LORC ?? branded rim, cheap & cheerful. The black surface you see, looks rather like some kind of sprayed on plastic, rather than conventional tape. Possibly a prefitted liner? Not my specialist subject.
I think I might have had about 7 months use of this tyre/tube combo, and the rim around 18 months use.
What I'm asking is, do I really still need rim tape? Kinda increases the cost of the repair by a factor of 130%.
I see no rim tape...
The spoke holes in the photo have sharp edges and will puncture your inner tubes in a matter of a few minutes or seconds even. I always use rim tape even if the manufacturer claims there is no need for it. The trial and error process taught me so! Rime tape only costs around 600 yen - one shouldn't economize on this vital item. Looking at those holes, in your case - and as Andy recommended below - I would use 2 layers.