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Old 10-17-10, 01:34 PM   #1
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recurring flat

Hey everybody, I'm both new to this forum and to SS cycling, and I have a problem. I got a kilo tt a few weeks ago, and had my first flat this weekend (which I've heard is common with the stock tires), but I replaced the tube and after riding on it today less than 5 miles, i had another flat. It's been just a very tiny hole both times. I checked the inside of the tire, but didn't see anything that might have caused it. Any ideas?
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check the rim for rough spots, replace the rim tape, check the tire by rubbing a cotton ball around the inside. Where is the hole, rim side or tire side?
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just checked...it's on the rim side, right in the middle.
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Also, check to make sure that you are running at the proper air pressure, too low and you will be prone to pinch-flats.
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i considered that, but there is only the one hole. do pinch-flats always have 2?
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crap, i left out a really important piece of information: when i took the tire off, the tube was folded onto itself. dead give away for pinch?
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For starters, get rid of the crappy plastic rim strip and install Velox cloth tape. That will eliminate most problems of this type.
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on the rim side, right in the middle points to rim tape.
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