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Ever Crashed Due To A Flat Tire?

Old 07-24-14, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by TransitBiker View Post
After reading all this stuff, i'm feeling some tire liners may be a worthwhile investment along with the tube changing tools on my list.
The best for avoiding flats is tires with flat protection built in. Tire liners need to be positioned right, if they're off position they can accidentally wear a hole in the tube themselves.
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I've had a few nervous moments from the bike wallowing with a soft tire but none of them have put me on the ground. Knock wood, my crashing has been off road on loose stuff or mud and not where I could get really badly hurt.
If the OP is really paranoid about flats, somebody was touting a project on Kickstarter to make a bicycle sized version of the Bib Mousse foam "tube" used on dirt bikes. This sacrifices some ride quality and speed but it's almost impossible to flat.
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Originally Posted by PaulRivers View Post
The best for avoiding flats is tires with flat protection built in. Tire liners need to be positioned right, if they're off position they can accidentally wear a hole in the tube themselves.

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i crashed yesterday beacuse of a flat front that i forgot about. when i got on the bike the first thing i did was stand up and peddle and as soon as i was turning the corner the flat tire sliped on the road and the whole bike want down with me miner cuts and scrapes and some road rash on my back it sucks.
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Yup, a few weeks ago. I was nursing a low front tire, pumping it every mile or so, trying to get home. I reached a turn that I've taken 1000's of times, and didn't think about the tire. I went down hard.
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I don't think I've ever had a flat cause a crash. Lots of experience with flats, but not crashes due to flats.

I have, however, had crashes (road cracks) that caused flats.

I have rolled sewups before. Probably due to being too lazy with gluing. I don't think it caused me to crash though. And that has been an awful long time ago.

As far as flats, I can usually feel when the tire starts bumping, when pressure is low, but not quite completely flat.
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IMO - a flat should never lead to a crash. Decent bicycle handling skills should allow us to manage the consequences of even a sudden high speed blowout.

However compost happens and life doesn't always as it should, and sometimes circumstances conspire to remind is that should and could are very different notions.

So, IME, yes I've had the bike lay me down because of a flat. Ironically, despite a great number of high speed tire failures (tubular tire road bike), I've never had a crash that way. My bad luck wasn't a sudden blowout, but rather, a slow leak in the front wheel's 1.9" tire which wallowed when I attempted to turn into a driveway. The circumstances ensured low speed, so the injury to pride was more serious than my skinned knee.
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Nope. The only instance where I would lose control from a flat would be a complete blowout on a high speed descent while leaning heavily into a corner. If I get a flat there is enough time for me to react and slow down.
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Originally Posted by jyl View Post

This may sound crazy, but I am thinking about converting the commute bike to tubulars with sealant. I've had flats with tubulars, including one where the tubular casing actually blew in half (it was an old tire that I should have replaced) and the bike seems more controllable with a deflating tubular than what I've experienced with deflating clinchers.
I had a rear flat, the tire come off, jam in the seatstays and toss me for a top half dozen worst category crash. Ribs, collarbone, lots of helmet damage, and acre of road rash. Took me a few years but I am now back on tubulars so that never happens again. (And those magic carpets, while expensive, are fun to ride.) I enjoyed the long, fast descents of hilly central Oregon two weeks ago like I haven't since that crash. High speed flats on tubulars are so much less scary. (Assuming a good glue job.) I picked up goatheads on both tires so now both are sealed.

Commuted on tubulars for decades. I see real advantages. The fast change in any weather, any conditions (not limited to being sober or awake), no flat two miles later from whatever caused the first on and is still hanging out in your tread, rimstrip, etc. and if your life or bike depends on a fast change, you can always do it. (Flatting in unsavory neighborhoods at night ...)

I always used Tubasti in part because the rim stayed sticky enough for a reasonably secure with a dry tire. Never cleaned the rim. Always felt the rim/cement interface, once good enough to survive tire pulls, should be left alone and just added to.

My current city bikes are still running Paselas as the rest of my bikes are going tubular. Won't make the switch until a tire shows me it's commuter ready (and comes in 28c).

Edit: I plead guilty to answering an old post but my testimony stands.

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