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    Senior Member OldsCOOL's Avatar
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    My First Flat Of The Season

    There, got that done with and out of the way. I've been wondering when and where it would strike. So I got in off the road from a brisk 10.5mi in the rolling hills out back of town, put the bike in the garage and went in to clean up. About 2hrs later I go out to give the bike a once over after the ride and the front is flat.

    After searching the inside of the tire I found the tiniest piece of wire sticking through the inside of the tire, just enough to puncture the tire. I dont think it was more than 2mm long and very light guage. Looks like the wire used on wire brushes.

    Last summer, same thing. Had a piece of wire stuck out the sidewall and of course I had to pull it, the sound of hissing as I put the pliers back. Seems to be my nemesis these little nubbins of wire.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Galveston County Texas 10 Wheels's Avatar
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    Wires from steel belted radial tires
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
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    I dare not even read this thread!!
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    At least you made it back home on the tire before it went flat. Had my first flat of the year a couple of weeks ago around 20 miles from home, ran over a staple. Then 3 days later got another around 30 miles into a 75 mile ride, this time a large nail. Glad I always carry 2 spares and lots of CO2 on long rides.

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    Already had mine about a month ago and then found that my spare tube was so old that the core came out of the presta valve when I pulled the pump off. Fortunately I was within about a miles walk of the nearest bicycle shop. A new tube, and pretty soon I was back churning the pedals.

    I have noticed that the tire savers are working pretty well at significantly reducing the number of flats that I get on the MUPs and around town.
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    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
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    Flat Fairy's are going to be working overtime from now on.

    Has anyone worked out how to appease them as I have just put new tyres on two of my bikes and I don't want them shredded.
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    Senior Member OldsCOOL's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Wires from steel belted radial tires
    I must have the new magnet belted tires, then.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Starting over CraigB's Avatar
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    I had exactly the same problem last season. The wire was so tiny, and so short a piece of it, that I only found it after bending and twisting the tire all around to make the fissure visible. Then I could barely see the wire hiding in it and had to go at it with tweezers. What a pain in the a$$.
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