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View Poll Results: When is the worst time to get a flat
Summer, you break into a flop sweat when you stop
46.34%
Winter, your fingers freeze half way through
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When do you want to flat?

Old 08-06-21, 09:04 AM
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I've had moments, while struggling to keep up with a fast group,

when I wished for a flat to get a break.
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Old 08-06-21, 11:40 AM
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Iíll ask my team mechanics and get back to you with their answers.
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Old 08-06-21, 11:47 AM
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I've had many a warm day... looking around for the nearest shade tree to repair the flat (or other repairs). Not always possible, but it can help. On occasion I've done repairs in a campground or picnic area with park benches.
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Old 08-06-21, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Rolla View Post
Any season, as long as it's in the garage.
Thatís the only kind Iíve had this year. Our trails have been so much rougher this year due to flood damage. Both of my bikes got slow leaks overnight, and both times, the leak was not a new puncture but rather an old patch that had worked for months and then suddenly started to leak again after a brutal ride.

Out on a ride, Iíd prefer summer. In the winter my hands really suffer from the cold if I have to take gloves off and I ride a lot down to about freezing so there is definitely a chance it can happen. Itís actually the biggest inhibiting factor to riding in even colder temps. Once I was able to bum a quiet indoor spot at a city rec center to do the repair on a freezing cold day when I flatted nearby.

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Old 08-06-21, 01:02 PM
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August is the worst time for a flat. That's when my valet and a lot of the other staff take their vacation.
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Old 08-06-21, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
August is the worst time for a flat. That's when my valet and a lot of the other staff take their vacation.

Really can't keep good help these days. I had to fire my chief bicycle attendant when he failed to change my flat immediately, mouthing some folderol about needing to stay at the death bed of his child.
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Old 08-06-21, 01:36 PM
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At home or work. Have all the tools I need. On a ride? Never.
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Old 08-06-21, 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Milton Keynes View Post
Preferably when you're 5 feet from your driveway.
funny, my last flat was about 5 ft from my driveway.
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Old 08-07-21, 12:08 AM
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Winter for sure. Youíll roast to death on the side of the road fixing a flat in the summer in Arizona

I installed new tubeless tires in my driveway this afternoon and I think I lost about 6 lbs in process
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Old 08-07-21, 12:17 AM
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On a hot day, in front of a bar serving ice cold margaritas or beer.
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Old 08-07-21, 02:05 PM
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Heh. Punctured on my road bike this morning. Sealant did itís job in 5 rotations.
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Old 08-07-21, 02:44 PM
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I prefer my flats occur overnight in the garage. When I find them before a ride, I just take another bike. Flat tires are work for maŮana.
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Old 08-07-21, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by rsbob View Post
On a hot day, in front of a bar serving ice cold margaritas or beer.
Tacos & plenty of salsa too.
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On my way to the courthouse for a divorce hearing. If I don't get the tire fixed I have to stay married forever.
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Old 08-09-21, 11:25 AM
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Theyíre so cheap I started replacing tubes every spring as part of routine maintenance. Havenít had a flat in 20 years. Seems like all the flats I ever had were blowouts of old tubes, never punctures.
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Old 08-09-21, 11:28 AM
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right before getting back from a ride, so i can fix it at home in the air conditioned basement with a work stand!
not at the start, where i was planning to leave, but now there is a 20 min delay
or in mid ride where it;s 15 miles back home
and rain/cold/heat
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Old 08-09-21, 11:30 AM
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When isn't the issue, so much as where.

Where .... is on the OP's bike.
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Old 08-09-21, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
What is the point of this poll and thread?
if it brings you joy
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Old 08-09-21, 02:35 PM
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And once again, the old axiom of, there is no such thing as a stupid question, is proven to be wrong!
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Old 08-09-21, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
We all get flats, and it's never the right time, so...
What was the question?
I object to flats.
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Old 08-09-21, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by MattTheHat View Post
What’s a flat?

Oh, I remember now. Coming up on 24,000 miles since my last one after going tubeless. And now I’ll probably get one tomorrow.
During the year i went tubeless,I actually had MORE flats than i was used to. I destroyed three tires. Then I quit tubeless.
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Old 08-09-21, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by dkatz1 View Post
During the year i went tubeless,I actually had MORE flats than i was used to. I destroyed three tires. Then I quit tubeless.
Interesting. What type of sealant were you using?

The only near flat I had was when I was using Stanís. As soon as I located some Orange Seal I switched over and havenít had a single issue. Judging by the sealant spray on my bike and the number of sealant boogers, Iím probably averaging over a dozen sealed punctures over the life of my tires.
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Old 08-09-21, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by dkatz1 View Post
During the year i went tubeless,I actually had MORE flats than i was used to. I destroyed three tires. Then I quit tubeless.
Originally Posted by MattTheHat View Post
Interesting. What type of sealant were you using?

The only near flat I had was when I was using Stanís. As soon as I located some Orange Seal I switched over and havenít had a single issue. Judging by the sealant spray on my bike and the number of sealant boogers, Iím probably averaging over a dozen sealed punctures over the life of my tires.
Yup. Sounds like ****** sealant and a poor choice in tire, possibly a race-day-only jobber, like the original Pro One.
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Old 08-09-21, 05:53 PM
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Yup. Sounds like ****** sealant and a poor choice in tire, possibly a race-day-only jobber, like the original Pro One.
I'm inclined to think they were crappy tires (I needed new wheels, and they came with them) and a run of bad luck, some of it, my fault.
For instance: I'm in my driveway on my bike, about to leave. I notice on the fence at the back of my driveway (wooden, stockade type) there's a slat broken out and knarly piece sticking out in my driveway (the new neighbors had children practicing hockey in their back yard, slamming hockey pucks into and over the fence).
I go back to investigate and: didn't notice the slat on the ground, with the nail sticking straight up, and rolled right over it. Intstan huge hole.
The other things weren't as stupid on my part, but I did NOT like messing with those things. Taking one off and putting one on? OW!
And in the year since, with more miles, I haven't had any flats.
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Old 08-09-21, 06:17 PM
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Never. Which is why I went to tubeless 3 yrs ago. So far, zero flats.
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