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Was the hole a puncture/tear or a worn spot? I suspect that worn spots in rim tape are caused by underinflation that allows the tube to squish around too much. Check your tire pressure often. I check mine before every ride, ie every morning, and each tire always needs a couple of pumps to top off. A good floor pump with a built in guage makes this quick and easy.
Actually, my experience has been that the flat ratio is more like 80/20 rear/front, maybe even 90/10. If you are going to commute by bike, you are going to have flats. Make sure to carry a spare tube (easier to change tubes on the spot then patch it later at home), tire levers, and a frame pump or CO2 inflator. With practice (I have had quite a bit lately) you can change tubes in about 10 minutes and be on your way.
If it ain't broke, mess with it anyway!
Last edited by RainmanP; 04-24-01 at 10:27 AM.