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More flats when it's hot out?

Old 07-07-08, 06:21 PM
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More flats when it's hot out?

So in the past 7 rides I've gotten 3 flats (1 unidentified, 1 from glass, and 1 from a shark tooth looking rock). In the previous 4 months before this (~70 rides) I had absolutely no flats. I'm wondering if this is just a problem due to the summer heat making the rubber softer and more easy to puncture or could it also be that my tire is getting worn out and needs to be replaced (all of my flats have occurred in my rear tire)? I've probably been on these tires for ~2000 miles but I haven't noticed any obvious signs of wear.

So should I get used to flats in the heat, rotate my tires, or put new ones on?

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Old 07-07-08, 06:30 PM
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Heat + Rednecks + Motor Vehicle + Bottled Beer = Glass in your tires
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Old 07-07-08, 06:49 PM
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No, but you get more flats when it's raining.
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
No, but you get more flats when it's raining.
+1

Had one this evening. Had one on Saturday. Both in wet weather. I'll probably get another before the week is out. *shrug*

Nothing magical about rain .. more gunk is pushed out on the road/shoulder ..

As for hot weather and flats, I don't think that correlation is strong. Did you get the gunk out of the tire from the first time?
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Old 07-07-08, 07:54 PM
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Yeah, I was able to find the shards and take them out each time. I decided to go ahead and just replace the rear tire with a new one. I've got plenty of tires sitting around anyway, might as well use them.
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Flats are like teenagers - they always seem to come in groups. I got my first flat in about 2000 miles the other day, I'm pretty much guaranteed to get two more within the next week.
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
No, but you get more flats when it's raining.
I've never actually noticed that and have often wondered why people say it.
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To the OP ... how full do you fill your tires?
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Nice grammar
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I've never actually noticed that and have often wondered why people say it.
As cars drive on the road the air movement they cause will push the debris into the gutters (this is the reason well traveled roads are usually clean). Rain, otoh, has no particular direction and is likely to was the debris back to the road, and especially to the shoulder, where cyclists spend most of their time.
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