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so i got my first flat...

Old 09-29-08, 10:17 PM
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whatever!!!

thanks for all the help

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Old 09-29-08, 10:19 PM
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Um ... just get a new tube?

Did you shred the tire?
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Old 09-29-08, 10:19 PM
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Your tire is no longer rideable after you replaced the tube?
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Old 09-29-08, 10:20 PM
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I would venture to say a road tire.
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Old 09-29-08, 11:47 PM
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How did you get home?
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Just patch the old tube. No need to replace anything.
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Old 09-30-08, 12:38 AM
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Continental 4 Seasons. Grips on the corners, and has the same casing as the Ultra Gatorskin.
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A flat is almost never a reason to buy a new tire, unless the tire has been sliced.

Patch the tube. Once the tube has two or three patches on it, replace it. Tubes are cheap.

I prefer the glueless stick-on patches, because I only expect to use them for a few weeks before my tube has enough patches on it to justify just putting on a new one.

I carry with me a kit with six patches in it, and one spare tube. I keep a couple extra spares at home too. Once I use one of my backup tubes, I swing by the shop on my way home from work and buy another spare. ...I guess I ought to buy a case of them online. haha
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You don't need a new tire.

You need a whole new bike.
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Originally Posted by tinrobot View Post
You don't need a new tire.

You need a whole new bike.
Buy a cervelo.
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Originally Posted by Vertr View Post
Buy a cervelo.
+1

I hear they're great bikes.
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Old 09-30-08, 03:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Copperhed51 View Post
How did you get home?
he probably had a support car behind that either gave him a new wheel or a ride home.
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Originally Posted by Copperhed51 View Post
How did you get home?
His mommy picked him up from the playground.
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Should be able to get a good deal on a new bike this time of year.
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Originally Posted by ridndirty View Post
wow some of you guys have your head up your ying yang. buy a cevelo- great suggestion, you might want to update your poser status to recertified!!! for all that gave me some good info thanks.
Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer (or multiple stupid answers). You wouldn't have happened to read the new sticky at the top before posting would you?

The one that talks about having a thick skin, and not asking stupid questions, and things of that nature.

Oh, and HTFU.

Just patch the freaking tube dude. This sport is expensive enough without buying a new tire every time you get a flat.
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Old 09-30-08, 08:49 PM
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I think you are in dire need of a Specialized Tarmac SL2.
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..and purchase a few spare tubes.
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Originally Posted by Flatballer View Post
Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer (or multiple stupid answers). You wouldn't have happened to read the new sticky at the top before posting would you?

The one that talks about having a thick skin, and not asking stupid questions, and things of that nature.

Oh, and HTFU.

Just patch the freaking tube dude. This sport is expensive enough without buying a new tire every time you get a flat.
jeez, tough crowd..

ridndirty, also make sure to check the inside of the tire for glass/wire stuck! if not it will kill the next tube you put in. i've learned this one the hard way.
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Using a new tire to fix a flat is okay, although expensive, but it also implies that you're going to tote extra tires along whenever you ride, which most of us don't do.
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I can't even remember my first flat. That's how old and jaded I am.
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No flats yet on my Coda. About 300 miles and counting...
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i like conti gatorskins, 25mm

grand bois makes nice fatter tires, if you're into those

besides that, just avoid anything that says "armadillo" - those things rode horribly.
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Originally Posted by ridndirty View Post
well now don't i feel so loved. the tire was sliced and beyond repair. no i won't buy a crevelo i am perfectly happy with my bike thank you. some of you people need to grow up. yes my mommy did pick me up and then she made me tomatoe soup and grilled cheese ( with out the crust ). now about your mom.... oh wait my grilfriend haha!!!
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Originally Posted by ridndirty View Post
for all the smart people re-read what i posted. the friggin tire was shredded and i asked what tires you people ride and prefer no more no less!!!i didn't ask about tubes crevelos or my mom
Dude - I'm glad you reconsidered what you posted a little earlier and showed up in my inbox, as it was not going to help your cause. Your original post was unclear, so a few of us looked to clarify if you had just had a flat, or you'd actually trashed your tire.

I hear good things about Conti GP4000s, I replaced my Specialized tires with Michelin PR3's but the rear is definitely squaring off after ~1300miles, one flat so far - but the performance has been a real improvement. At the risk of stating the obvious, if you're going for a better quality tire, you'll probably want to replace your front to get the full benefit.
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