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Old 09-06-07, 02:12 PM   #1
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lots of flats? - check tire pressure

I'm the idiot of the year. I kept getting snake bite flats in my rear road bike tire. I got a flat every 15-20 miles. It was incredibly frustrating.

I did some reading on this forum, and I came up with a solution. I bought a tire pressure gauge, since I had never actually checked my air pressure. And I replaced the back tire with an Armadillo tire. I've only gone on a couple of rides, but I'm 100% positive this has solved the problem.

Here's the kicker - my previous air pressure was about 30 psi!! I just tested to see if the tires felt firm, and off I went. Yeah, that's just a few psi short of where it should be.

OK, now you guys can get a good laugh at my stupid newbie mistake. And hopefully me writing about it will save other newbies a few flats.

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Old 09-06-07, 03:09 PM   #2
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Your handling and speed should be better too!

Good of you to write about it. Some can learn and some can laugh !
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Your handling and speed should be better too!

Good of you to write about it. Some can learn and some can laugh !
Yeah, I've noticed a real boost in handling and speed. I honestly can't believe the difference!
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