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Old 03-06-12, 09:32 AM   #1
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Had my first flat on my new Schwalbe Marathon Supremes on the ride in this morning. I only have about 40 miles on these tires and love them. I was pretty upset when i felt the rear tire bog down and i knew it was flat. Well, Im going to write this off as bad luck. I cant hold it against the tire. It was a 1" long razer sharp nail slammed straight into the tread. How it picked this evil looking spike up is beyond me. I took some ribbing at work because co workers knew i just spent $120 on "flat resistant" tires and i walked up with a flat tire. it happened within a quarter mile of work.





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Old 03-06-12, 09:35 AM   #2
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It can happen. Try to avoid routes near commercial or home construction.

Put a little super glue in the hole and let that cure before using the tire again.
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Old 03-06-12, 09:36 AM   #3
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And that could have done some damage to a car tire, no puncture resistant bike tire would survive that nail going straight through, did you rim / rim tape survive it?
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Old 03-06-12, 09:37 AM   #4
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Nice pics..Flats are luck.
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Rim and tape looked fine. I repaired it before my shift started so i can take off right after work.
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Old 03-06-12, 09:45 AM   #6
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+1 no bike tire is going to survive that. Chalk it up to bad luck.
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A very similar incident happened to me. Had just purchased a set of Schwalbe Marathon Plus. About 1 month later I, too felt that all familiar 'bog down' on my way into work. It was a 2" self-starting screw buried up to the head not unlike your nail. I had to unscrew it w/t phillips attachment on my multi-tool. Still have that screw. I carry it in my tool bag as a reminder. Smeared some Super Glue on the inside of the tire at the entry point and rode it for 10,000 miles w/o any more problems. Sometimes it is just a matter of luck.
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That headline makes baby Schwalbe cry. If someone doesn't actually open the thread, they're left with the impression that the tire was to blame.
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That headline makes baby Schwalbe cry. If someone doesn't actually open the thread, they're left with the impression that the tire was to blame.
But they will open it and see the tire took it like a champ! I fully expect to ride these tires into the ground without any more flats unless its due to another nail like above which is not common.
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But they will open it and see the tire took it like a champ! I fully expect to ride these tires into the ground without any more flats unless its due to another nail like above which is not common.
I'm not too worried about it, but was a little curious when I read the title. Mostly I'm just having a little fun.

BTW, say hi to my Mountain next time you ride by, it's just southeast of town. My great grandpappy's house is somewhere nearby too.
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The fact that you spent a certain amount of money on particular brand of tires is irrelevant. Any air-filled bicycle tire would flat from that nail. Why are you slamming Schwalbe?

By the way, you should wash your hand before posting a picture.

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Im not slamming Schwalbe! I should have worded the post title differently. My bad. A mod can change it if need be.
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I had a similar experience. Early on, I had a flat. Many, many flat free miles since then.
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Im not slamming Schwalbe! I should have worded the post title differently. My bad. A mod can change it if need be.
No, don't worry about it really. If one headline on a bike forum board can bring down a company, we haven't been doing our job very well. I think you'll notice that alan S put the facectiously grinning smilie next to his comment indicating that he was also having a bit of fun.
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Do you check your tires for imbedded glass, that has not yet worked it's way through the tread,
Before each ride , and do a quick recheck after you ride thru the broken stuff?
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That looks very familiar.

This was mine at 580 miles.





Clearly the Marathon Supreme has some design flaw that makes it attract really long sharp objects. (BTW, that was my only flat with those tires.)
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I suspect police spike strips would be pretty hard on those tires too!

Couple people mentioned using super glue. Haven't tried because I figured it would be limited in flexibility, but aparently not. I used Goop (which is basicly high quality contact cement) previously. Anyone else tried that?
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Just bad luck. I flatted during the first week of riding on my new Conti GP 4 Seasons and haven't had another flat in over 3,000 miles of riding. Same thing happened with some Panaracer Pasela TGs I ran for a while. On the other hand, I've some some Torelli 23 mm racing tires with a high thread count that haven't flatted in about 1,000 miles of use.
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I did not use glue i just pulled the nail and installed a new tube.
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Im not slamming Schwalbe! I should have worded the post title differently. My bad. A mod can change it if need be.
Just having a bit of fun.
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