I don't know how we compare to other prairie cities, but most of the roads here are far from smooth; lots of pavement breaks, ridges, and potholes. I'm now on my third rear wheel in three years of riding my current bike. I've had three blowouts from potholes, and out of about 15 flats in the last decade, only one was not due to bad pavement (that one was glass embedded in the tire). I've also had a large number of spoke repairs and wheel truings. I used to think I would eventually upgrade to a road bike (currently riding an '05 Marin San Rafael road hybrid), but lately I've been thinking about getting a mountain bike and just putting slicks on it so I can have a more durable frame that can handle all this rough riding (none of which is off-road). Does anyone else here in Winnipeg (or SK & AB) have problems like this?