Alright so Im new to the whole sport , but learning and loving it quick. I am having TOO MANY Pinch flats and overall small pin head punctures. I know that the pinch flats have alot to do with how many ponds are in the dang tube. But, what would be some good advice for someone like me who needs some help in the rubber department. Any suggestions on Tubeless?
Continental tubes don't have a good reputation around here.
I was having "mysterious" puncture problems with the very light
Tubes can sometimes move inside the tyre, and some
tubes scuff and tear when this happens. I was getting weird scuff marks on the
tubes, and right in the middle of the scuff would be these teeeny weeeny pinholes.
It took me ages to work out what was going on.
My FWIW: Bought a new bike in September. I had 3 rear flats in the first 2 weeks (original tube plus one replacement). So next I bought Nashbar "slime" tubes and since installing one in the rear I've had NO (as in none) flats whatsoever. PLUS, I ensure I have maximum PSI in each tire before I ride.
What size tyres are you using. I was on 18mm until I gained weight, then went to 20mm, and now ride 23mm. If you are a heavy rider (>80kg) you should be on sturdy* 23mm otherwise you will be likely to get regular pinch flats, especially if you don't have max pressure. *Note: foldable tyre <> sturdy
I had a similar problem with my new bike, except I got a few flats where the tube was holed on the underside. It turned out that the cheap scummy rim tape had a tiny split right on the edge of one of the spoke holes. I ripped off the tape only to find that the manufacturer hadn't bothered to remove the burrs from the drilled holes. Make: ALEXrims
Solution: thick cloth rim tape.
I also use lightweight puncture strips wheels I use for training to reduce risk of thorn/glass penetration. This won't help with pinch flats though.