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View Poll Results: Which tire goes flat more often?
Front Tire 4 8.70%
Rear Tire 42 91.30%
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Old 03-21-03, 08:13 AM   #1
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Flat Tires

Based upon a discussion going on regarding rotating tires someone recommended polling to see which tire goes flat most often so what say you? Front or Back?

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Old 03-21-03, 08:43 AM   #2
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In my experience it's been the rear tire. The theory I've heard is that if you run over something with the front tire (tack, staple etc.) it can kick it up so the rear gets punctured.
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Old 03-21-03, 05:42 PM   #3
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I gues i just have bad luck with my front.
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Old 03-21-03, 05:58 PM   #4
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Definately rear, it takes all the hits.
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Old 03-21-03, 08:00 PM   #5
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Front! Same for tacoed wheels. Usually the front. Maybe it's a roadie thing?
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Old 03-21-03, 10:28 PM   #6
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Just the back.. and it's all Klein's fault
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Old 03-21-03, 11:27 PM   #7
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rear due to the extra weight there?

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Old 03-22-03, 12:02 AM   #8
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The rear gets me seemingly all the time. I could count the number of flats I've had on the front in the last five years on one hand.
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rear due to the extra weight there?
My thoughts exactly.
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About an even split front and rear... The funny thing is it's only on the bottom side that they get flat
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The rear gets me seemingly all the time. I could count the number of flats I've had on the front in the last five years on one hand.
Same ,you can dodge `em with the front but not always with the back
AS some one else said "why do good bike tyres cost more than the average car tyre"
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Old 03-22-03, 08:39 PM   #12
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The rear gets me seemingly all the time. I could count the number of flats I've had on the front in the last five years on one hand.
Exactly my experience. I don't know that I've had more than one flat on the front of my MTB. Always the rear. The road bike seems to split them more evenly.

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The back, it takes the most weight on it and yes rotate your tires occasionally if you don't the back one will wear out faster than the front.
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Regarding tyre rotation... Check out this article by Sheldon Brown.

Tyre rotation or tire rotation (for the yanks)
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Originally posted by Terry Mitchell
Regarding tyre rotation... Check out this article by Sheldon Brown.

Tyre rotation or tire rotation (for the yanks)
You learn something new everyday what he said makes a lot of sense thanx!
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No doubt about it, the rear.
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I've only had two flats, one rear one front so it's 50-50 as far as I'm concerned
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Woooohooooo I'm not the only one that's equal front and rear
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Neither! I haven't had a flat in years. I guess i've been really lucky. I don't even remember which went flat last time. Maybe front.
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Definitely back. Because the rear tyre is more difficult to remove. D@mn Murphy.

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Woooohooooo I'm not the only one that's equal front and rear
yeah, but you ride a unicycle Terry
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Gosh! I seem to be in the "None of the above" list! It seems that I have had an almost even split between the front and rear.
I almost always ride on paved roads BTW.
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I had my first flat of the year this year. Fortunately I didn't even know how/when it happened.

Donna and I rode our ride and put the bikes on the rack. When I got home the front tire was flat. After removing the tube I discovered that a spoke caused the puncture. I'm not sure why it happened but I took the front wheel to the shop and am having them put the cloth rim tape on it along with a new tube.

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yeah, but you ride a unicycle Terry
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