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    The 50+ 2013 Official Flat Thread - Stress Relief for "Flat Rage"

    This thread is designed to allow someone to express "flat rage" without being carted off to the local hoosegow.

    Post your flat experiences here

    OK - 2 flats today on what ended up as a 12 mile ride. Fortunately I carry two tubes.
    Others?
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    I had 2 flats on a ride once last year. The second was actually my own fault because it was caused by a tiny sharp rock that I didn't find after the first flat. I only had 1 inner tube but I did have a patch kit with me so I patched both inner tubes. It doesn't take much longer than just patching 1 and it replenished my inventory for the trip back home.

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    I carry a patch kit - but correct patching is NOT one of my skills - they always leak. I do have a few self-sealing (or whatever they are called) patches to make it home if I run out of tubes.

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    Tires have gotten so good over the years that I hardly ever get flats anymore. I still carry two tubes and a patch kit, and I know how to use it, but it's just wasted weight. So, I'm complaining about the fact that I have nothing to complain about, at least with respect to flat tires.

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    Goat head season in the Rockies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
    Goat head season in the Rockies?

    Yes - 2 in a row. One on a new section of trail, one where some construction had dumped some leaves (and, obviously goatheads) on the trail. But, goathead season isn't supposed to be here until near fall.

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    I have been visited by the flat fairy twice so far this year. Both times I was on the local MUP and there was debris on the paths from where the grounds crew had been mowing and hadn't cleaned up their clippings. It's been a while since I've had a flat on any of my favorite rural roads.
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    My flat came at a pretty good time, found my rear tire flat on my every day road bike when I pulled the bike off the rack in the garage to begin my ride today........So, I took my carbon beast. Wish it was always that easy.

    BTW, I did not patch the rear tube so I could ride the bike because I found the rear tire had a ripped side wall. I'm not sure a boot will hold it and I did not have a good enough spare tire to put on. I see a visit to my LBS this weekend.

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    No flats in two years! I haven't ridden more than 50 miles in that time mind you...


    During my first month of serious cycling 5 years ago, I had more flats than I could handle (high rim wall wheels gave me fits). I learned to change my tires, patch them and then bought Gatorskins. Then I bought a bike with reasonable rims that I could get a tire on to and I was home free!
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    I started commuting every day May 21st 2012, almost a year ago.
    I had repeated blowout flats on my rear tire. If I ran at max pressure, the tire blew out that day. I backed off and was getting a couple/three weeks before the next flat. At last count it was 11, with only one being a puncture from a shard of glass. all of the others were blowouts. I took the rim/tire to a LBS 3 times, having the rim tape replaced and inspected, to no avail until the last time (in April). The mechanic found a tire defect, a short section of the wire bead was missing.

    I replaced the tires with a set of Michelin City Tires on April 13th, so far so good. A better ride and no flats in the last month.

    Flat Rage is exactly what I was experiencing, it has been my biggest challenge in year one of being a bicycle commuter.
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    Every time I say this, I duck and cover my head, but I can't remember my last flat. It's been several years.
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    My record is five flats in one ride with my wife. Actually more, because I think we had a garage flat or two.

    It was the first time I rode in Colorado (near Fruita), and it was my introduction to goathead thorns.



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    Flatted 2 different occasions last week both occuring in the rear wheel of my trail bike. Couldn't find a reason the first time, however, Skipper with whom I was riding the second time, found a tiny thorn the on the most recent.
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    No flats with the Schwalbe Marathon Pluses, ever.

    They were so boring I replaced them with some flimsy Michelins. We'll see how they do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    No flats with the Schwalbe Marathon Pluses, ever.

    They were so boring I replaced them with some flimsy Michelins. We'll see how they do.
    Uh - sometimes boring is good.

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    My lawn mower had a flat today. So, I had to go for a ride instead mowing the lawn.
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    Five times, had 3 flats on a ride.

    Carry 5 tubes and a spare tire.

    Couple a weeks ago met Charley who was on his 2nd flat and No CO2 left.

    We both check his tire for wires or glass. found nothing.

    Gave him a tube and followed him home.
    Five miles into the ride home , he had his third flat same tire.

    Gave him the spare tire and another tube.

    Made it to his home 6 more miles.

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    The next day I came across Mark who had a flat same spot as Charley.
    His CO2 failed. Loaned him a pump and followed him home.

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    Hey 10 Wheels, weren't you the one who sat on fire ants when changing a flat on the side of the road?

    My worst was in Texas when I was going to go for a short ride. I brought nothing with me as I could call my spouse to pick me up if anything happened. A couple of miles out I got a flat. Called spouse. No answer. Started walking. I repeatedly called. He never answered. His phone was muted. I walked awkwardly the two miles to the rv in cleats as many trucks from the rv park went zipping by. I was repeatedly bit by mosquitoes. After that, I always carried my gear. And, if I see a cyclist on the side of the road I roll down my window and ask if all is well.

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    Flatted for the first time in over a year the other day coming home from work; it was the motivation I needed to get off my lazy ace and buy a new mini-pump -- had to push the bike the last half-mile home (SO glad I didn't flat halfway through the LONG loop I sometimes take!). Not a huge deal, but an irritation -- damned drunks and their bottle-breaking on the way home from the bar....

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfinch View Post
    And, if I see a cyclist on the side of the road I roll down my window and ask if all is well.
    With my two flats a couple of days ago, at least 10 bicyclists went by - none asking if they can help. I ALWAYS ask. Oh well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post
    With my two flats a couple of days ago, at least 10 bicyclists went by - none asking if they can help. I ALWAYS ask. Oh well.
    I'd encourage you to keep putting good karma out there, Denver. We need all we can get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfinch View Post
    Hey 10 Wheels, weren't you the one who sat on fire ants when changing a flat on the side of the road?

    My worst was in Texas when I was going to go for a short ride. I brought nothing with me as I could call my spouse to pick me up if anything happened. A couple of miles out I got a flat. Called spouse. No answer. Started walking. I repeatedly called. He never answered. His phone was muted. I walked awkwardly the two miles to the rv in cleats as many trucks from the rv park went zipping by. I was repeatedly bit by mosquitoes. After that, I always carried my gear. And, if I see a cyclist on the side of the road I roll down my window and ask if all is well.
    Yep, Fire Ants love me.

    Here is the photo if you want to see a tall fat old guy.
    http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/h...roppedFlat.jpg

    I alway stop and wait untill the rider gets back on the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfinch View Post
    Hey 10 Wheels, weren't you the one who sat on fire ants when changing a flat on the side of the road?
    Now THAT would warrant a rant.

    I don't want to hear any more whining about fixing flat tires in the rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
    Yep, Fire Ants love me.
    I alway stop and wait untill the rider gets back on the road.
    Why::: Their CO2 or pump may not work.
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
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    Had a blowout in the front tire a couple of weeks ago. I had just crested a small rise in the road and was picking up speed. I still don't know what I hit (even after I went back to look for it). I just know my pressure went from 120 psi to 0 in an instant. No problem, just slow to a stop. Kind of busy on that side of the road, and not much shoulder. There was a nice grassy area on the other side of the street, so I popped the cleatsavers on, and wheeled the bike across. Fortunately I carry 2 tubes and a patch kit plus a micro pump and CO2 inflator, so it was not big deal to put in a new tube, make sure it was seated with the micro pump then finish it up with the CO2 (first time I ever used CO2 - worked like a charm). Interestingly, a bunce of people passed me by, and a number of them asked if I needed help, or had everything I needed, etc. Since I use 650C wheels on my bike, I was happy I didn't need to rely on the kindness of a stranger for a new tube.

    On this morning's ride, I got another flat - rear tire this time. Not sure what caused it, I couldn't find anything on the inside of the tire and I looked really hard and ran my fingers all over the inside, especially where the hole in the tube was. Anyway, popped a new tube in; seated it with the micro pump, then used the CO2 inflator. All of a sudden, Bang! I blew out the tube (also blew the tire off the rim, which was useful since there was no way I was gonna be able to reuse that tube). I assume I must have had the tube pinched (???). Anyway, I pulled the shredded tube out, put another new tube in, reinflated it (this time with no issues), and finished my ride without incident. I am now though, a little *** shy about the CO2. I hope my problem was user error. If not, would a standard (16 gram unthreaded) CO2 cylinder be able to over-inflate a road tire (650Cx23)? I always assumed it wouldn't, but hey, what do I know? By the way, this time, no one (and there must have been at least a dozen cyclists) asked if I needed help. Maybe because this time, I was in the shade on the grassy area of a strip mall, and not quite so close to the street (maybe 20 feet or so - still close enough to be easily seen).

    Thanks,

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