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Flat tire frequency

Old 03-29-13, 01:24 PM
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Flat tire frequency

1. Approximately how many miles have you ridden since your last flat tire?

2. On average, how many miles do you ride in between flats?
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Old 03-29-13, 02:46 PM
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Since I started using Gatorskin tires (maybe 10 years ago), I average about 1 flat every 10,000 miles. I ride about 5000 miles/year. Most of the time, I run the tire rubber all the way down to the cords without getting a flat.
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Old 03-29-13, 03:23 PM
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Don't remember on the bikes with the kevlar belted tires. I had one cheap WM Huffy cruiser that got them about once a week until I switched to slime tubes, but that was due to the environment, and the cheap tires.

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Old 03-29-13, 03:29 PM
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Are you just looking to Jinx everyone who answers? Murphys law says that if you say its been a while or you don't get many flats then BOOM! full on blowout right in the middle of an intersection. In the rain. With an attractive member of the opposite sex watching, and they think its pathetic and funny at the same time.

To answer, I have some bikes that seem to flat out all the time, and others that don't. Tire quality counts a lot, as well as where you ride in the road. For me, every couple hundred miles or so. Sometimes its one of those "in the Morning flats", sometimes its on the road. Once a month to four times a month.

Totaly due for another, and can't wait! I love flats.(take that Murphy). I also like riding in the wind, up hills, and on shoulderless winding roads.
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Old 03-29-13, 04:42 PM
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For a long time I was flat free. Lately I've averaged one (or two) a week, so I'm replacing my tires to see if there might be something going on there that I'm not seeing.
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Old 03-29-13, 05:14 PM
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I picked up a small sliver of glass last good ride. It sat under the tread inside and out. Unseeable & unfeelable. The tire would stay pumped up at full pressure for a week. Soon as I went for a ride, the glass would wiggle out & saw a hole in the tube. Finally found it.
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Old 03-30-13, 03:44 AM
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I've never had a flat on the road yet. The only time where I got a puncture in my inner tube was when I was just learning how to replace one (at my house) in the case I do get a flat, which I used this skill shortly after. I however, am a very very light rider (95lb when I eat a lot), which I guess contributes to having no flats on the road yet. The tires I'm using are also very cheap, vittoria zaffiros (the ones that came stock on my bike), which have only 26tpi, and I've been on them for at least 700 miles. I also live in SF where there's the occasional jackass who purposely leaves broken glass on the bike paths; I gone over the glass without a problem; I'm still considering getting gatorskin hardshells just to be safe though.

quick question; Will higher tpi give fewer flats?
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Old 03-30-13, 05:56 AM
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I used to average a flat every 2.5 days, or, about every 125 miles. Since I switched to Schwalbe Marathon Supremes, I haven't had a flat in 4 years...........
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Old 03-30-13, 09:12 AM
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If I answer this, guaranteed I'll flat today.

Damn, maybe I shouldn't have even opened the thread.
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Old 03-30-13, 10:06 AM
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Here in Nebr it makes a big difference what time of year it is. Late in the year when the goathead stickers mature everyone gets more flats. Earlier in the year I can usually go several months without a flat.
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Depends.

I don't live in goat head country. If I did, I'd get lots more flats.
I don't ride in urban areas very much. If I did I'd get lots more broken glass flats than I do.
I'm not worried about the last increment of tire performance so I use puncture resistant tires. Otherwise, I'd get a few more flats.
I don't ride in the rain much. Rain = more flat tires.

Whenever I've gotten more than one flat on a ride, the second one has always been my own fault. The last time that happened I didn't find the flint that caused my first flat and was rewarded with another after only 7 or 8 miles. I can't remember the last time previous to that when I flatted. YMMV.
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Old 03-30-13, 05:25 PM
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Shush. Don't want to jinx it.
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I had two flats today.... so maybe 30 miles since my last one.

Continental GP 4000 S - bah.

Michelin Pro 3 - bah.

I need to find a new tire that doesn't feel like a wooden wheel...
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Old 03-30-13, 08:33 PM
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I have been riding Continental Gatorskins 700x23 on all my bikes since 2006 and I average 1-2 flats per year, riding year round including commuting. I ride old country back roads, fresh pavement and long sections of glass and debris.

Two years ago a bike came to me with Schwabble blizzard tires, they were brand new. The previous owner put them on to sell the bike. First time out, 5 miles into the ride I hit a rock and it ripped a hole in the side wall. I went home put a worn out pair of Gatorskins on and had no more problems.
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Old 03-30-13, 08:36 PM
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Im riding on vittoria evo open corsa's. I havent flatted since I put them on over a year ago.
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Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
I used to average a flat every 2.5 days, or, about every 125 miles. Since I switched to Schwalbe Marathon Supremes, I haven't had a flat in 4 years...........
This is about my experience, too, almost regardless of what tires I use (I once had nine flats in a metric century with Armadillos). I commute 25 miles RT in summer and expect at least a flat a week. Haven't tried Schwalbe, but I'm eying Little Big Bens.
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