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    Name Your Oddest Flat Tire Causer

    I'm on the subject of tires here in my little world and got to remembering some of the flat tires and what caused them. My most unusual was after a 50mi ride and that next morning the back tire was flat. All I could find was one nearly invisible "cat-whisker" wire barely protruding into the tire chamber. I have no idea how or where but it was enough to deflate that tire quicker than a Patriot's ball on the sidelines. Sure glad to have made it home. Probably from a radial tire blowout along the side of the road.

    I know your story is more unusual than mine. What made it go flat??
    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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    A splinter, after crossing a wooden path bridge over the river..................

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    Ever seen a construction zone barricade like the image I've attached below? With supports made from angle iron? I was on a busy highway with wide shoulders where someone had turned it sideways for the weekend, and it blended in with the background buildings, trees, and other stuff. This made the angle iron bottom pieces stick out on the shoulder where I was riding, and I hit them square-on with my bike. No tire damages, but got two simultaneous flat tires. The tires survived (26 inch street tires on a road-converted MTB), but the tubes ruptured so badly they could not be patched. Lucky I had two spare tubes with me and was able to get rolling again.


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    We suffered our first two on-the-road tandem flats last summer caused by one of those sneaky little wires that just barely went through the tire, including the kevlar belt. Couldn't find the source of the first flat and then suffered the second flat ten miles down the road. Closer inspection found the little bugger. (We've ridden tandems since 2000.)
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    A safety pin.

    Fortunately about a block and a half from home at the end of a 90+ mile ride.

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    IMG_0304.jpg

    Not that odd, but it got my attention on a fast descent.


    I also put snake bite holes in a big exercise ball by rolling back onto the sharp ends of folded rollers.

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    When I was in high school and college, part of my work was fixing truck flats at a dump-truck place. About half the flats would be due to rocks that had worked their way through the tire. The other half were various bits of metal. Including a small C-clamp, a screwdriver, a railroad spike, etc. I started saving the metal bits and think I still have them around here somewhere.
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    I brought a new bike with Michelin plastic rim strap/tape instead of the typical cloth material. I started getting flats and couldn't figure out why. It turned out the rim tape dried out and developed very fine cracks the inflated tube could work into.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    When I was in high school and college, part of my work was fixing truck flats at a dump-truck place. About half the flats would be due to rocks that had worked their way through the tire. The other half were various bits of metal. Including a small C-clamp, a screwdriver, a railroad spike, etc. I started saving the metal bits and think I still have them around here somewhere.
    Flats.jpg
    Wut
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
    IMG_0304.jpg

    Not that odd, but it got my attention on a fast descent.


    I also put snake bite holes in a big exercise ball by rolling back onto the sharp ends of folded rollers.
    I had a similar flat; smaller nail, but it nailed my tire to the rim. The nail pierced the inner wall of the rim.

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    My trainer!

    Two flats this season on a trainer!?! OK, on the first I found a dried out patch that leaked...but the second was a puncture.

    You must think I'm housekeeping-challenged if I get puncture flats on a trainer! Couldn't find anything in the tire or tube except the hole. Gotta' stop rolling through those bad neighborhoods.

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    In recent years I have had a few innertubes start to leak around the base of the valve stem. Sometimes I'll hear the sound of a sudden air leak, hours or days after I last used the bike in question. Nothing has changed -- the rims and rim strips are in good shape, and I avoid applying excessive force against the valve stem while using a tire pump. (I normally use one of the floor pumps; the only time I use a frame pump is when I am out on the road.) I wonder if innertube quality has declined, or whether some of my tubes had exceeded their shelf life. Weird ... .
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