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Old 07-27-09, 10:21 AM   #1
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The year of the flat

I had only flatted once in 5 years and 5000 miles. This year alone I have flatted 8 times!!!

I canít figure it out. Two of the flats were strictly my fault, because I failed to find the piece of glass causing the issue. Two of the flats happened spontaneously; I parked the bike after a ride, went back to the bike to ride it again and the tire was flat?

I left 10 minutes later than normal because according to the RADAR the final cloud was just leaving the area. So I got to work 20 minutes behind schedule; in my case thatís not a big deal, just frustrating.

Oh, did I mention that I forgot my underwear and had to break out the emergency stash! Not a good start to the week!
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Old 07-27-09, 10:49 AM   #2
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If the tires flat by themselves, where is the puncture in the tube? If on the inside, check to see if your rim strip is in good shape and properly positioned.

I once had 5 flats in one day before I found out what a bad rim strip was. Usually I have about one flat per year.
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Is it the same tire each time? If so, it may be a wheel problem as stated above, check the rim strip. What kind of valve stem do you have? On rare cases I've run a tube with a cunning Schrader valve that would sometimes not seat properly and give me a flat, but most of the time worked fine.
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