Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tequesta, Florida
Bikes: Specialized Roubaix, Giant Hybrid
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Flats are a fact of life. My Specialized All Conditions starting having frequent flats at around 2,000 miles. They weren't worn out, but I had a couple of big rides coming, so I got new tires, planning to put the old ones back on for a bit.
The new ones are Continental Ultra Gator Skins. I have had 1 flat in about 1100 miles, and that one was whilst the bike was sitting in the garage. I'm not even sure it was a real flat, but I replaced the ube any way.
The best advice I have seen is that when you start having multiple flats, or can see the casing, replace. Of course, I don't want to wait that long because I ride before work twice a week and don't want to be slowed down and get to work any later than the normal ride causes! For what biking has done for me, replacing tires every 3,000 miles or so is well worth it.