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Old 06-06-06, 07:14 AM   #1
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Why is it always in the rear??

Why can't I once get a bad flat that requires wheel removal in the front? Why do I always have to get it in the rear??

Three inch drywall screws do nasty things to bike tires and tubes in case you were wondering ...
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Probably for the same reason that rear tires get more wear; more weight is over that tire.
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I would rather all my Flats be on the REAR ...

Had some pretty hairy flats on the Front in years past... no control!
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I would rather all my Flats be on the REAR ...

Had some pretty hairy flats on the Front in years past... no control!
Boy you sure know how to ruin my pitty party!! I guess I'm looking at this all wrong huh?? I should be thankful it was just an annoyance and nothing more... It's all about attitude, after all.
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hummm....get it in the rear.....hummmm
*giggles*
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http://www.sheldonbrown.com/brandt/rear-flats.html
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In my case it was always the rear tire which made me add one of those plastic tire liners to the rear tire. It adds more weight but did not have any flats since using it.
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It could be worse. My last flat was front AND rear!
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It could be worse. My last flat was front AND rear!
Are you commuting on a unicycle?

Where do you put the rack...and the bell?!
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Three inch drywall screws do nasty things to bike tires and tubes in case you were wondering ...
About this time last year I was coming out of a chicane with a slight down hill and a box of those things had fallen off a truck or something. About a 10 square yard area of nothing but nails. There was nothing I could do but ride through it. 3 nails in the back tire and nothing in the front. The city didn't bother cleaning them up. They just repaved that section a week later. I don't think I've ever had a front flat either.

Oohps, not 3 inch dry wall nails. 2 inch galvanized with no head type nails. Yep, I save everything that gives me a flat. Maybe I'll make a sculpture or a shrine or something. At least nails have the decency to stay in the tire so you can know what caused the flat. Unlike those other things.
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Old 06-07-06, 07:50 AM   #13
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You know you can patch a tube while it's still on the bike. I've never done it but if it's easy to find the puncture and you have a few extra minutes for the glue to dry, why bother taking off the rear wheel? Makes sense to me. The problem for me is I never think of it before the rear wheel is off and sometimes it's hard to find the puncture.
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Be careful for what you wish for.
My last nail flat was in the front. The nail went through the tire, the tube and the RIM.
I would have been happy with just a regular rear tire flat that day.
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You know you can patch a tube while it's still on the bike. I've never done it but if it's easy to find the puncture and you have a few extra minutes for the glue to dry, why bother taking off the rear wheel? Makes sense to me. The problem for me is I never think of it before the rear wheel is off and sometimes it's hard to find the puncture.
I did this with my last flat. I flipped my bike over and thought that maybe just maybe I could find the puncture. Easy enough, it was a construction staple. Pulled the staple. Pulled that section of tube, patched it, and put it back without even unseating the whole tire. I was on my way rather quickly (for me, I'm slow at fixing flats)
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hummm....get it in the rear.....hummmm
*giggles*
OK Beavis, that'll be enough of that... besides, I much more concerned about the "hairy flats on the front"
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Old 06-07-06, 08:42 PM   #17
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hummm....get it in the rear.....hummmm
*giggles*
I read this thread only to see how long it took for someone to make this kind of comment. I'm kind of surprised it went up to #5!
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Sorry, I was a bit busy that day.
At least my mind has stayed in the gutter. I blame it on all the lovely female joggers I pass every morning in Washington Park.
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It could be worse. My last flat was front AND rear!
I hate when that happens. Fortunately it hasn't happened to me since the '70s. Hope it doesn't happen to you again soon.
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It is required by the corallary to Murphys' Law. If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong in the worst possible way. If you had a front rack on a front wheel drive bike That tire would flat all of the time.
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Heck, I prefer the back tire flatting. I can remove/replace it faster than the front. I suppose if I grinded off retention (lawyer) tabs on the front, it would be about the same.
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I blame it on all the lovely female joggers I pass every morning in Washington Park.
Wash Park really is a beautiful place.
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Oohps... posted too soon.

Got it in the front about 1/2 mile from home. Pulled the wire thingy out and rode a slow 1/4 before it went flat. That close to home almost really doesn't count as a flat.
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The last nasty flat I had was on my Mongoose on the Trans-Canada Hwy at the overpass west of St. John's about 20 km from home. (At the junction of the two main four lane highways out of the city. As a side note, it is legal to ride on the TCH even though it is a limited access highway and ironically is the safest place to ride a bicycle) I picked up a chunk of wood with staples driven through. I took multiple punctures on the rear tire that would have just about exhausted my on board supply of tube patches ). Fortunately, I always carry a new spare tube in my seat bag. Somehow, I was able to avoid hitting the debris with the front.
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