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Flats during rides

Old 11-14-23, 06:07 PM
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Flats during rides

What do you do with your punctured tubes during a ride?

My last bike wasn't tubeless so I always carried a spare tube and a patch kit. Never knew if another flat was just around the corner.

Next bike will be tubeless.

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Carry two tubes and a patch kit.
Since swapping over to more robust tires, I have not had a flat going on 2+ years.
Prefer to swap tubes before patches.
Do not see a need for tubeless at this point.
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Call my wife or Uber XL.
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Replace tube (after trying to find what caused the leak). Take the leaky tube home to repair it with more of its friends.
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I just keep on riding until I get a base to replace the tube. Keep telling myself Iím going to stop buying patch kits and stop trying to fix tubes.
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If the sealant doesn't do the trick? Then either Dynaplug or bacon strips. Worst case scenario...if I absolutely shredded a tire so bad that I couldn't plug it, then patch inside the tire and the little TPU tube I carry. Although the road tires almost always self-seal. It's usually on the gravel bike that I have to intervene, as I'm generally only getting very small punctures on the road.
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Just replace the tube and if you are desperate to patch, do it at home when you can take your time and do it right.

However first things first you should start with good tires at the proper pressure that you checked before the ride. That will help out greatly in the quest to not get flats.
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Carry two tubes and a patch kit.
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I like scrapple.
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I haven't had a flat since switching to tubeless. Sealant did its job the only noticeable time I had a puncture. Initially I carried bacon strips and a spare tube, neither of which I ever had to use. Then I stopped bothering with the tube after I got a Dynaplug and easily fixed 2 other people's punctures with it.

Back in my tubed days I carried 2 spare tubes and luckily only went through both once when I was still inexperienced at changing them. In total, I've gone through many and still have piles of unpatched, poorly patched, and brand new tubes that I look forward to never needing again.
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Originally Posted by pdlamb
Replace tube (after trying to find what caused the leak). Take the leaky tube home to repair it with more of its friends.
Ditto.
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Originally Posted by pdlamb
Replace tube (after trying to find what caused the leak). Take the leaky tube home to repair it with more of its friends.
This. I'll patch a tube a few times before I throw it out. I carry two tubes while riding, no patch kit (except on a multi-day bike tour). I use good puncture-resistant tires and I get only 1-2 flats a year.
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Your poll doesn't cover all of the options. Unfortunately, there's an obnoxious sub-set of riders who replace the tube and leave the punctured one lying on the shoulder. Probably the same people who throw their empty gu packets on the ground, leave broken chains on the road (yes, I've seen several over the years, probably 5 < n < 10), etc.
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Regardless what you do, always inspect inside your tire. Recently discovered a slow leak, patched it, came back the next day and see tire completely deflated. Found another hole, then found a tiny needle tip stuck inside.
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Depends on the ride. Long unsupported ride, patch. Shorter ride or supported ride replace tube. Also depends on where ride is. In a city replace, stop by bike shop, buy another tube, continue. Outside of a city and no where near a bike shop replace and hope. Last option is call SAG.
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Originally Posted by frdfandc
What do you do with your punctured tubes during a ride?
Is this really a question?

I put a punctured tube in my pocket and take it home. Alternatively, I suppose it could be thrown in the nearest trash bin.
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Switch to Schwalbe Marathon tires is another option.
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Originally Posted by flangehead
I like scrapple.
National Scrapple Day was last week. Seriously.
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Put in a new tube and leave the punctured one on the side of the road along with the empty CO2 cartridge.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Put in a new tube and leave the punctured one on the side of the road along with the empty CO2 cartridge.
along with the empty beer can that was consumed while fixing the flat....if it is a bad flat sometimes i leave two empty cans.
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For the tubed bike: 1 spare tube + patch kit. No flats in 2 years - but only ridden sporadically
For tubeless: 1 spare tube in case of a sidewall or catastrophic failure, and Dynaplugs. No flats in 2 years and 10,000 miles

Both bikes use Conti GP 5000s
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Originally Posted by noimagination
Your poll doesn't cover all of the options. Unfortunately, there's an obnoxious sub-set of riders who replace the tube and leave the punctured one lying on the shoulder. Probably the same people who throw their empty gu packets on the ground, leave broken chains on the road (yes, I've seen several over the years, probably 5 < n < 10), etc.
yes , I've seen that same inconsiderate behavior in my area as Well ,,,
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Despite carrying a spare tube and patch kit, I've had to use the patch kit more than once on the side of the road.

Interesting story, I was out with several friends on a short ride in the fall and one of the bikes was on its first ride since being purchased (used craigslist find). I thought the tires had looked okay but they clearly weren't after the rear split and blew the tube out. Managed to get it the 4 miles back after throwing in my spare tube, a small section of a very tear-resistant disposable shop towel to keep the tube from blowing out again through the giant tear in the tire and a bay leaf for good measure along with the shop towel. I was amazed it held but it was clear by the end the tire was quickly on its way to tearing enough to blow out the tube again.
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Originally Posted by Pantah
after throwing in my spare tube, a small section of a very tear-resistant disposable shop towel to keep the tube from blowing out again through the giant tear in the tire and a bay leaf for good measure along with the shop towel.
Most unusual stew recipe yet!

I'm convinced like wolves, that flats run in packs. I'll go months without then suffer several in a couple weeks, usually across multiple bikes. Other than during peak puncture vine season, I can't correlate them--they just fall under "stuff happens."
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rear flat, plug it. Front, plug or tube it.
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