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does your front or back wheel get flat more often?

Old 05-30-04, 10:40 AM
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does your front or back wheel get flat more often?

I had the 1st flat so far for my new bike and it happened to be on the back. I think i have more flat from the back than the front. I am planning to buy those puncture resistant tire just for the back. What do you guy think?
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Old 05-30-04, 10:46 AM
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You would think debris in the road would be attracted to each wheel as an equal opportunity manner..No ....Seems 60% of the flats are in the back...The reason, I think..Weight...60% of the weight goes to the rear wheel...The weight factor pushes in sharp objects further/faster...
Unfortunate...Front wheel tube changes are faster and cleaner.
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been riding a mtb and a road bike for close to a year now... have had 2 flats total: both on mtb, both in the rear.
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Flats for me when riding on the road are almost always on the back. I guess it's to do with the weight. The front wheel can easily 'hop' over a fair amount of road debris, while the rear wheel tends to get pushed into it.
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
You would think debris in the road would be attracted to each wheel as an equal opportunity manner..No ....Seems 60% of the flats are in the back...The reason, I think..Weight...60% of the weight goes to the rear wheel...The weight factor pushes in sharp objects further/faster...
Unfortunate...Front wheel tube changes are faster and cleaner.
I would agree with weight. I too puncture mainly in the back. I now use one of those armadillo tires and have not punctured since.
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Old 05-30-04, 12:02 PM
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I still have never had flat on the front. Several on the back. But I do not want to have flat on the front at all!!! No matter how easy to repair it is. Always keep your good tire on the front, rather than on the back.
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90% of my flats have been on the back. Since I bought some Michelin Megamiums, I've had 1 flat in 3,500 miles.
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Old 05-30-04, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by cyclezealot
Unfortunate...Front wheel tube changes are faster and cleaner.
I disagree. I would rather have a rear wheel blowout than a front wheel blowout. A front wheel blowout especially at higher speeds will almost guarantee a nasty crash while a rear wheel blowout is more controllable.
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Road cycling, my flats are pretty evenly divided between front and back. Mountain biking, though, they're almost always up front from pinch flats on rocks and roots.
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Originally Posted by Fugazi Dave
Road cycling, my flats are pretty evenly divided between front and back. Mountain biking, though, they're almost always up front from pinch flats on rocks and roots.
On my MTB, I got a flat in the front. I changed it and got a flat in the back within a half mile.
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A question for all, what is the best puncture resistant tire? I don't mean solid rubber but one that offers a good weight savings while maintaining good puncture resistance.
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Originally Posted by CRSO
A question for all, what is the best puncture resistant tire? I don't mean solid rubber but one that offers a good weight savings while maintaining good puncture resistance.
Most people seem to swear by Specialized Armadillos. some people also recommend the Continental Gatorskins. However, after having seen the track record on Gatorskins' puncture resitance (or rather lack thereof), I personally wouldn't recommend them. On the other hand, I run Continental GP3000s and rare encounter flats even though I'm riding the same routes that my friends do.
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I ride on Michelin Megamiums. One club ride I was on recently, everybody except me and one other cyclist had flats. 2 Unlucky souls had 2 flats each. A week after I bpought the Megamiums, I was riding the MS150 and during some rain, I ran over a piece of broken glass that I didn't see in time to avoid. The glass put a nice 3/8" slice across the back tire, but never went flat. I ended up relacing that tires after putting 3,000 miles on it.
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All my flats have been on the rear excpet for one pich flat on the front.
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Originally Posted by Trek Rider
I ride on Michelin Megamiums. One club ride I was on recently, everybody except me and one other cyclist had flats. 2 Unlucky souls had 2 flats each. A week after I bpought the Megamiums, I was riding the MS150 and during some rain, I ran over a piece of broken glass that I didn't see in time to avoid. The glass put a nice 3/8" slice across the back tire, but never went flat. I ended up relacing that tires after putting 3,000 miles on it.
presently using a Michellin Pro Race, no flat since i bought it, (knock on wood)
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Hmmm. seems like Michelin has a good tire?
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Originally Posted by orguasch
presently using a Michellin Pro Race, no flat since i bought it, (knock on wood)

They cut easy.
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Michelin Pro race 2 tire does cut very easily. I am probably gonna put my conti GP tires back on and use the pro race 2 for special occasions. But the pro race 2s with the red stripe look so damn good though.
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I've never had a puncture on my vredstein fortezza tricomps... (1,500+ miles)
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3 flats in one ride, 2 front and 1 rear. I am looking at getting some new tires as well since I am not worried about weight as much as riding...
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Don't get a lot of flats, but the back get the flats at about a 8 to 1 ratio. Not as much pressure/weight on the front wheel.

Oh... by the way... I also have Michellin Pro2 Race tires on one of my bikes. I have never flatted on that bike. My other bike has Botrager Race X Lite Silicas on it and has not had a flat in over 600 miles since I put them on. These are both great tires!
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It is my belief that more flats happen in the rear due to both weight and the fact that I can see hazzards and avoid them with the front wheel easily while the back wheel is far less under my immediate control. The rear wheel just seems to get dragged around. I have often gone through scattered stones without hitting any with the front wheel but feel the back wheel skip around as it hits several.
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I've had three flat tires in the past. One was in the front tire and the other two were in the rear tire.
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I just calculated the percentage. 75% are on the rear for my road bike in 5 years of riding. On my MTB every flat (3) has been the front.
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I used to get flat tires on my MTB relatively frequently, but ever since I put in kevlar liners I haven't had any flats on it since. Those knobby tires seem to last forever compared to road bike tires. I have been using relatively cheap Maxxis tires on my road bike for a few thousand miles and have just had one flat (construction staple) on the back. However, ever since I started commuting on my road bike a few weeks ago, I have had several flats (all on the back), one of which actually cut up the tire to the point where I couldn't fix it; had to walk a few miles home. Now I also carry a spare tire (in addition to the two spare inner tubes and patch kit that I usually carry). My most recent commute flat was two days ago. I was able to just patch that one, but decided to try to new tires with kevlar belts. I don't expect them to work as well as the ones on my MTB tires, but hopefully I get fewer flats on my commute, especially enroute to work...
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