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Old 03-17-14, 08:05 PM   #1
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best way to prevent flats?

I hate flats I now have some slime tubes .not the thick ones but the regular size tubes with slime added from factory. is there another option I don't care about weight I just hate flats. I mean there awefull
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Old 03-17-14, 08:15 PM   #2
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Watch where you are riding and keep your tires properly inflated.
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Old 03-17-14, 08:21 PM   #3
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What Every Cyclist Should Know About Flat Tires
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Old 03-17-14, 08:37 PM   #4
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Good rim tape, care when installing tires and tubes, proper inflation and careful inspection of tires after a flat.

I seldom flat, but I take care when installing tubes, I replace my rim tape and I always check tire pressure before rides.

I detest slime tubes. The slime will gather in one spot and unbalance the tire and it makes for HORRIBLE ride quality.
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Old 03-18-14, 01:49 AM   #5
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These tires are bullet proof bomb proof and I'm sure you could ride around the world without a flat. I don't use them any more because they feel slow, I like race tires.

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Old 03-18-14, 03:55 AM   #6
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You could always line the inside of your tires with Mr Tuffy tire liners and save money if you don't need new tires.

I used to use them when I first started riding but haven't since the early '80s. They are supposed to increase rolling resistance but I don't know that I can tell a difference. They are especially good at making kids bikes more trouble free in any case.

I've had one goathead roll up on the side and miss the rim strip once to flat me out so carry your pump and patches anyway.
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Old 03-18-14, 08:37 AM   #7
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Keep your head up and look where you're going. Your bike will follow your eyes.
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Old 03-18-14, 08:39 AM   #8
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Old 03-18-14, 08:42 AM   #9
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Put your bike on a rack on your car and drive where you're going.

They say taking your bike to work is a great way to stay in shape, so I keep my bike on my car at all times.
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Old 03-18-14, 08:44 AM   #10
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A common problem though, is cyclists look up too far ahead, at the horizon as if they're driving a car. You won't reach that spot for 30-minutes, so why are you looking that far ahead? The nasty things that will cause you flats, such as potholes, glass and nails are just 10-ft ahead of you!!! Also cars pulilng out of driveways or turning left in front of you are just 20-30ft away!!!

So scan ahead, but also look down closer to your front tyre. If I'm not actively scanning forward and back down, I'm focusing on a spot about 75-ft ahead of me at 20mph. At 30mph, I'll look about 100-ft ahead. This gives my peripheral vision enough space to notice things happening on the horizon, like a car pulling out 10-miles ahead, AND things just about to run under the tyres.
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Old 03-18-14, 08:46 AM   #11
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Old 03-18-14, 09:56 AM   #12
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great advice everyone flats ruin biking for me
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Old 03-18-14, 10:18 AM   #13
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I normally don't like to talk about flats. I am superstitious and talking about flats is a good way to jinx yourself.

For you windy, I will make an exception.

Most of the above advice is pretty good.

In my case I use a good quality tire with a high thread count PLUS latex inner tubes. I am not sure what is it about latex inner tubes, but they seem to be more puncture resistant.

Hope this helps.
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Old 03-18-14, 11:27 AM   #14
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I teach a flat fix class at the shop and the three important pieces of advice I give are:

1) Keep your tires properly inflated.
2) Look where you're going, anticipate sharp stuff, and avoid as much as possible where safe to do so.
3) Get tires with flat protection built in.
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heavier tires and tubes than you want to ride on ..
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Old 03-18-14, 12:42 PM   #16
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All this "look where you're going" advice is... um... silly?

I've been riding for 40+ years. I've had plenty of flats. Ride enough you'll get flats.


One thing I can say with reasonable certainty.... I've never seen the thing in the road that gave me a flat. You just cannot avoid flats by looking for things that might cause them. Sure, stay away from the obvious stuff (which everyone already does), but that little fiber of a shredded steel-belted tire is invisible.
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Old 03-18-14, 12:57 PM   #17
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they do make solid tires if flats bother you that much.
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Old 03-18-14, 01:26 PM   #18
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Oh yeah, I forgot the equipment. I went cross-country in '95 from Santa Barbara to New York and got 2 flats. I used:

- Specialized kevlar-belted touring-tyres the widest that could fit inside the frame*
- Mr. Tuffy tyre-liners
- thorn-resistant tubes
- Slime sealant

* The size tyre is very important. The wider the tyre, the lower the pressure you can use. And lower-pressure reduces puncture-flats from glass & thorns. With high-pressure narrow tyres, the stuff tyre rides up all onto the point of the glass/thorn and results in intense pressure to cause puncture because all of your weight is on that spot. With wider lower-pressure tyres, the softer tyre will wrap around the glass/thorn and not all of your weight will be on the point of the glass. Some of your weight will be supported by the tyre that wraps around the glass and is touching the ground.

The bigger tyre also has more vertical distance to compress when hitting rocks and potholes. Along with a larger air-volume gives you "overhead" capacity to handle those impacts before the tube gets pinched by the rim-edge.
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Old 03-18-14, 02:35 PM   #19
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All this "look where you're going" advice is... um... silly?

I've been riding for 40+ years. I've had plenty of flats. Ride enough you'll get flats.


One thing I can say with reasonable certainty.... I've never seen the thing in the road that gave me a flat. You just cannot avoid flats by looking for things that might cause them. Sure, stay away from the obvious stuff (which everyone already does), but that little fiber of a shredded steel-belted tire is invisible.
And they hide really really well once in the tire.

I was on one century plus ride and the main rest stop was a general store in Acton. I had picked up a bit of steel belt just before the stop, or possibly it had been there for months and it just got driven enough to puncture going over some railroad tracks.

I suspect the later because even with the use of a sink to identify exactly where the puncture was and with a few very experienced riders helping none of us found it.

I rode the rest of the ride, through the mountains back home just fine.

Sunday Morning flat again. I eventually found it, but it took a while.
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Sure, stay away from the obvious stuff (which everyone already does)
People are stupid and it doesn't hurt to state the obvious. I don't trust everyone already does look ahead with an eye toward sharp things in the road on a regular basis. Should be part of your situational scanning routine. My usual example is, "That glittering field of pretty sparkly things up ahead is probably glass -- avoid it if you can." Or, "That small shadow up ahead could be a nail with the head pointed your way -- watch out for it and plan to avoid it."

You may do this without a thought, could be reflex action to you; worth stating to people who don't even have enough time into cycling to have figured out how to change a tube...
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And they {{fiber of a shredded steel-belted tire**** hide really really well once in the tire. .....
Yeah. They suck. I had one give me three flats.

I didn't find it until #3 , but I suspect it was the same shard each time.

I never like the "running your fingers inside the tire to find the perpetrator" thing. I go slow, hoping to not get cut.


Windchaser,

There's great advice here, but there's a reason that quick-releases, and CO2 pumps, and seat-bags, and small tire-levers exist.... flats are part of riding. They provide an entire subset of the bike industry a reason to exist.

Learn to live with the flat in harmony. Knowing how (and being equipped) to fix flats is very empowering.
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