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Old 01-16-07, 07:33 PM   #1
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too many flats

Any of you other bigguns have issues with getting flats. It seems every time out I get one. Just curious.

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Old 01-16-07, 07:37 PM   #2
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Mr. Tuffy is your frient
only had one flat since installing them back in the fall, from a big ass nail
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Proper inflation is also your friend! I generally run the pressure up to the max possible for the tire.
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Old 01-16-07, 08:09 PM   #4
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Proper inflation is also your friend! I generally run the pressure up to the max possible for the tire.
+1.

I check my tire pressure weekly. Went a year (3,700) miles without a flat. (knock, knock, knock).

I run Bontrager Select tires.
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Old 01-16-07, 08:16 PM   #5
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You shouldn't get that many flats regardless of weight. You may just me unlucky.

What tires/tubes are you running? Are you checking your tire pressure before rides?
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Old 01-16-07, 08:20 PM   #6
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I have only had one flat and that was from a bad value seam when I first started riding. Almost 1500 miles later and have not any since. I am using the Bonty Satellite Elite Hardcase 700x38. A little heavy, but are bomb proof when it comes to the roads I ride on. Lots of construction; house, office buildings, roads, ect, in my area and little reminders of the trucks that have driven by. I check my pressure before every ride. It's almost like I can feel it when the pressure is less than the max pressure.
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Old 01-16-07, 09:43 PM   #7
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I check my tires and brakes before every ride.
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Old 01-17-07, 01:57 AM   #8
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Check your rims - if it is every time there may be something pinching or cutting your tube. Maybe an issue with a spoke?
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Old 01-17-07, 04:12 AM   #9
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How about a tubeless set up?
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'to many flats' would be an ode to the flat tire.

"too many flats" might be more appropriate
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Old 01-17-07, 07:18 AM   #11
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I realized that after my post, too.
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Old 01-17-07, 07:31 AM   #12
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Rusty, what types of flats are you having?

Snakebike flats typically occur when your tires are under pressure. If that's the case, the only solutions are either to pump up your tires or to change them with wider tires. Mr. Tuffy or anything like that won't help.

– Flats under the tire occur when you hit something. Mr. Tuffy, more hefty tires (typically kevlar-lined) or... riding on cleaner streets help.

– Flats above the tire (on the rim side) occur when you have something sticking out in the tire. Either a too long spoke or a punctured or absent rim tape.
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Old 01-17-07, 08:23 AM   #13
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'to many flats' would be an ode to the flat tire.

"too many flats" might be more appropriate
Agreed.
I thought I was about to get into a lovely thread filled with poetry devoted to the beauty of flats, but it turned out tobe a discussion of getting flats.
BUmmer!!.
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Old 01-17-07, 09:28 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the advice!!! Even got dimed out using improper grammer, too. I have been keeping my tires inflated and have compared all the flat tubes to see if the puntures are in the same area. Unfortunately they are not. I will just chalk it up as bad luck and keep riding.
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Old 01-17-07, 10:15 AM   #15
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I'm going through a similar patch, had a flat each of the last 3 times I've been out despite not getting one all of last year and tyres being properly inflated to the max.
It's time for me to do a proper job of looking at the rims & tyres, I must admit I've just been throwing new tubes in and hoping for the best.
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what kind of tires are u using?
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I had exactly the same problem when I first bought my Trek 1500, and I weighed about 230 lbs, with both Bontragers and Contis. Flats were never consistent, and happened almost every ride. I was beside myself with frustration.

Finally landed on Michelin Carbons with Michelin Air Stop tubes, and now ride 1000s of miles without flats.

Still don't know if it was the tires
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Old 01-17-07, 01:14 PM   #18
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have you tried that flat fix goo?

It is a pucture sealant you put in the tube.
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Old 01-17-07, 01:22 PM   #19
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so true. it's all about the right tire, right tire size.

Still not one flat. I ride over glass and metal crap daily. Rocks shoot out from under me like bullets (and sometimes nail passing cars and trucks).

I used to flat all the time.

Performance and rolling resistance doesn't increase much by increasing the size of your tire.
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I am starting to get a complex because I am not in the flat club . Oh well. It's nice to be different sometime
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Old 01-17-07, 09:40 PM   #21
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Rocks shoot out from under me like bullets . . .
215# of clyde atop Conti Gatorskins at 115# pressure ... meet road debris:

I'm not sure how to transcribe the noise ... maybe

Pwanngggp!
or
Pwonggg!
or
Scwapppp!


But ain't that a gratifying feeling if ever there was one.


(Especially because the alternative could be a "pop...hiss...flubflubflub")
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[QUOTE=(51)]+1.

I check my tire pressure weekly. QUOTE]
I check my tire pressure before each ride.
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I have noticed a few things over the years of riding with the family which I never noticed riding solo....

overall in general terms and given everything is inflated correctly and all of that

-some brands of tires have softer rubber and seem to pick up more debris thus more flats
-hot roads and long decents can soften the rubber on any tire, we notice this on our loaded tandem, after a downhill we often got flats, once we relied more on the drum brake, and less on the vee break the problem stopped (A tandem rider at bike shop advised us of this one, and I think he was right)
-tires seem to pick up more junk on a freshly rained on road, I think that the rain may move the debris so that its pointed ends are up or something, its odd in Vancouver I never notice this, might be it just rains too often there but on long tours it did seem like on the first day of rain, someone would get a flat out of the 4 of us
-seems like everyone should know that you never ride through the little dust /dirt piles on the road, they are filled with nasty stuff...one of my kids had to be told
-seems like common sense but make sure you pull out whatever caused the flat, sometimes these can be really small, especially bad are the steel from belted tires, like little needles often need the leatherman to get them out.

The above are my observations, I know that lots will disagree but I though I would put it out there

By the way Schwalbe tires are good if you want to avoid flats, for us they seem work well, but have also had good success with gatorskins and the "armidillos", but I am also currently running some prorace II's and have yet to have a flat in 1200 kms of riding, and I too am a cylde... sometimes you get lucky sometimes yours number is up......pack a tube, pump, patches and ride on!
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I had tons of flats until I switched to Specialized anti-thorn tubes and ran up to the highest pressure. Since then, 700 miles without a flat *knock on wood*. Note that the other bike has the Bontrager branded anti-thorn tubes that seem identical to the specialized, and it also hasn't had a flat but in very limited use.

Good luck!
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215# of clyde atop Conti Gatorskins at 115# pressure ... meet road debris:

I'm not sure how to transcribe the noise ... maybe

Pwanngggp!
or
Pwonggg!
or
Scwapppp!


But ain't that a gratifying feeling if ever there was one.


(Especially because the alternative could be a "pop...hiss...flubflubflub")
I don't know if it makes me a bad person but when that rock goes pTwanggg from under my Conti Grand Prixs and nails an SUV, I smile.
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