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    Just a student norsehabanero's Avatar
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    how long can you ride on a flat tire

    tonight on the way home about 5 miles to go i hit a patch of goatheads(thorns)(evil)
    its dark, i stop to brush them off the tire shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    dang so i start riding to find a light spot and see how far i can go i made it 5 miles i could have gone farther if needed lucky night

    any one else made it farther on hissing tires???????
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    I've made it about 8-miles. Completely destroyed the tyre & rim though...

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    Retro-nerd georgiaboy's Avatar
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    I don't ride with a flat tire, period. Even though I can sympathize with the difficulty of having to change a flat tire at night. I use Mr Tuffy tire liners to help prevent a flat tire. If I do get one, I will repair on the road hopefully with a patch kit and a flashlight. In a worst case, push the bike (not ride it) or if too far away call a cab which is cheaper than a new rim on most cases.
    Would you like a dream with that?

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    on my road bike: i'll do it for 50 yards max (see DannoXYZ's reply).

    on my city bike: depends how late it is; how far away from home i am; what the weather is like; how drunk i am... etc.
    Last edited by botto; 03-15-07 at 08:21 AM.

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    I've done 5.3 miles.

    The rim is okay, but only because it weighs more than the frame.
    Ten tenths.

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    Tiocfáidh ár Lá jfmckenna's Avatar
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    I did about 15 miles once. I had brought my two spare tubes and a patch kit but no pump DOH!

    The rim only needed a little sanding to get the burs off and I still ride it today in fact it was brand new but there was no way I was going to walk 15 miles home. I rode on the grassy edge of the road when I could.

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    I dont ride on flat tires, period, way to scared to mess up the rim.

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    J E R S E Y S B E S T Jerseysbest's Avatar
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    When I was like 11 or 12, I got a flat tire about 10 miles from home...

    This was before the time of cell phones and I had no money. I tried calling collect and no one was home and it was getting dark (and cold) so I just keep pounding away... Cheap bike with heavy steel rims, I don't think I caused much damage.

    I almost always ride with patchs, an extra tube, a pump and a cell, and of course some money now so I'll stop as soon as I know Im getting a flat cause I don't wanna mess up my pretty road rims.

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    64 49' N Ernesto Schwein's Avatar
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    I know I did more than 5 miles on a flat front tubular once, no hills. It was a campy rim and it actually looked ok, no major damage.

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    Let's face it, you could ride with a flat tire, or no tire at all, until your rim breaks or collapses. How far can you ride with a flat in order not to hurt your rim? Depends upon the rim, the bike, the terrain, and how much you weigh!
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    While on vacation on Mount Desert Island, my bike partner and I were finishing the day's ride we were taking in Acadia National Park. As we rode out of the park, the back tire on her bike began developing a flat. We didn't stop as we had worked up a good speed beforehand and it was a long distance back to Bar Harbor where we were staying.

    Surprisingly, my bike partner and I made the six miles back to Bar Harbor, where her bike crapped out in front of the town's bicycle shop.

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