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Old 12-31-06, 01:57 PM
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Fewest Flats?

So who had the fewest flats -- or better yet, the lowest flat per mile ratio in 2006?

I was lucky (knocking wood) with only one flat in 2,200 miles, and that one occured at home, overnight. Man have I jinxed myself now!
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Old 12-31-06, 02:55 PM
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no flats, 3425.2 miles - spread over 7 different bikes. 20.3 miles on the cervelo I got from Ms santa, 1603 miles total on the Madone. New tires put on last nov. 2005 was my year for flats, think I had about 1 per bike average,
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Old 12-31-06, 03:06 PM
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I know it's kind of like asking if trainer miles count, but I can't help it. Do my Grandchildren's flats count too?
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Old 12-31-06, 03:09 PM
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1 bike

2 ( two) flats

1 trailer

1 (one) flat


11841 (eleven thousand eight hundred and forty one) Miles




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Old 12-31-06, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by jibi
1 bike

2 ( two) flats

1 trailer

1 (one) flat


11841 (eleven thousand eight hundred and forty one) Miles




george

Wow!
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Old 12-31-06, 03:49 PM
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I had 10 flats in 6100 miles. About average for me. I get them in bunches. But it has been over 1200 since I had one. My front Continental Ultra Gator Skin has 4572 miles on it.
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Old 12-31-06, 04:13 PM
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...and this thread can stop right here. Jibi, hands down, you have us beat. Did you circle GB a dozen times? Great job!
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Old 12-31-06, 04:23 PM
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I hate to say anything risking changing my good fortune. All I can say is that I started using Vredestein SE's (high pressure) and the tires I've used have performed incredibly well. I did have some issues in 2005 that was cured by going to cloth rim tape but it wasn't anything related to tires, debris, etc. If you're looking for tires that are very light you would not be happy with these but they're very, very good training tires. They were pretty inexpensive as well as I think I got them for around $21 each. I don't know for sure but I run a little higher pressure and I'm thinking that has helped with pinch flats. I finally took one set off my wheels after over 5000 miles because I wanted a different color. When I took them off they looked like they still have several miles of good riding left in them.
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Old 12-31-06, 04:35 PM
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No flats for 4 years and 10,000 miles.

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Originally Posted by PaulH
No flats for 4 years and 10,000 miles.

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Okay, I'm even more impressed. Though a couple of questions. How long did your tires last, did you use slime and/or tire liners and what tires do you have?
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Into every life some flats will go pssssssssssst. Nobody wants them, but they can be beneficial. When you peel off and shout "Flat...#5(@@%", and the last guy goes by and says, "That sucks" as the group accelerates, might be time to consider less competitive partners. Then there was the hot day I was patching a tube on the roadside and a guy in an Arrowhead water truck stops, backs up, and offers me a frosty liter bottle. Then again, caught in the middle of nowhere with bottles empty and no spare tube (once in a lifetime convergence of poor planning?), my ride partner offered to pee on the tube to find the frustrating puncture. I actually considered it for a long moment. Etc.

Any interesting flat stories out there?
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I only had about 10 flats in 6000 miles...but three of them were catastrophic. Two were huge nails going through the sidewall on one side and out the other. The third was a large wood screw that did the same thing! All three tires were shredded, although I managed to get home using a tire boot on all three occasions.

One routine flat became a near disaster as I was cutting it too close to dark, and flatted about 5 miles out as the sun was setting...too far to walk. So I had the fix the flat and make it back in the almost dark...very spooky. I should note that I am a slow flat fixer...usually 10 to 15 minutes. Don't know why...

Great idea for a thread, BTW... Good going, DG!

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Old 12-31-06, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by megaman
Okay, I'm even more impressed. Though a couple of questions. How long did your tires last, did you use slime and/or tire liners and what tires do you have?
My tires are still in service. I have used slime and found it less than worthless. I do use Mr. Tuffies. The tires are Schwalbe Marathon Plus, except from December to March, when I have the Nokian Hakkapillita W-106 studded tires on.


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Old 12-31-06, 04:50 PM
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No idea how many I have had but I have bought 10 new tubes this year.
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I'm impressed Paul H and Jibi, you da man, that is a lot of miles. As for me, 3 flats over 5200 miles for the year. 1 on the Cannondale r4000 and 2 on the Specialized Roubaix, which has the bulk of the miles, in fact the 2 on the Specialized were on the same day.
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1,600 miles on the Peugeot in 2005, no flats
2,737 miles on the Trek 5200 in 2006, no flats!
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Surprisingly, I had only one flat due to a pinch when I took a curb at an angle. D'oh!

I say "surprisingly," because my commute through campus follows a bicycle lane frequently strewn with broken beer bottles. *knock on wood*
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3120mi - 0 flats
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One flat - a kilometre from home so I just carried the bike home ... then put the repair kit back on the bike having just taken it off for some reason. Haven't had a flat since of course, though I've picked lots of bits of glass from the tyres.

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Originally Posted by Digital Gee
So who had the fewest flats -- or better yet, the lowest flat per mile ratio in 2006?
I got two flats out of just under 5,000 (not including trainer time) miles this year. One was a blowout on a tire I just plain wore out, and other was from a piece of tailight that I ran over. I can't remember a single flat that Linda got in that whole time.

So, does that count as 2 flats in almost 10,000 miles?

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I can't believe the good luck most of you have had with flats! I have ridden 1700 miles this year and changed 8 tubes and repaired countless flats. Just 3 weeks ago I pulled over the side of the road for a picture of a vineyard in fall colors. When I got back on the blaktop I pulled out 6 thorns from both tires! Needless to say they all produced a puncture. I had only 5 patches. I borrowed a cell phone from a couple of guys in a pickup truck to call my wife to the rescue, I was 25 miles from home.

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Old 12-31-06, 08:18 PM
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3 flats on 3 successive rides early in the year. switched to a kevlar beaded tire and no flats since - 2K miles.

jibi, thanks for posting the the link to your patagonian journal - simply amazing!
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Touring - 3600 miles no flats (Schwalbe Marathon plus 32's)

Mountain Bike - 2500 miles 2 flats on a new wheel set when spokes worked loose. (Conti Travel Contact)

Road Bike - 3500 miles 1 flat on rim side of tire. Changed tape. (Conti GP 4000)

CX bike - 1800 miles no flats. (Conti ULara Gaterskins)
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Old 12-31-06, 08:30 PM
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I started biking on my 63rd birthday, Sept. 7, 2005. In the next 4 months I had eight flats. Then I installed thorn-resistant tubes, Tuffy liners, and a Schwalbe Marathon+ tire on the back, and haven't had a flat since mid-January of last year--that's 6000 miles.
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Old 12-31-06, 08:32 PM
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Well, mid-January of THIS year--2006.
By the way, can someone please tell me (in painstaking detail) how to post pix on BF? Thanks.
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