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Longest You've Ridden On A Flat Tire?

Old 07-18-10, 07:04 PM
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Longest You've Ridden On A Flat Tire?

Me? 1.2 miles on a gravel road. Riding on a flat is terrible for the wheel, and dangerous; but sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

I've been having a blast riding these 'nature trails' here in Michigan. These trails used to house rail road tracks, but were removed and converted over to compact gravel for recreational use. The trails have very light pedestrian traffic, no cars, and are very flat -- pretty much a bicycle expressway. One day I hit something sharp, and the rear wheel went flat. I keep CO2, patches, tools, etc with me, and can fix a flat in under 10 minutes. So, I take off the rear tire, sweat is pouring off of me at this point, I start to take out some tools, and bam! Mosquitoes and flies, start hitting me from the all sides. I tried to work; but there must have been 20+. So I figured, I just need to move over to another location. Started walking, then running, still those buggers kept coming after me. So I jumped back onto the bike, and went for about .5 miles down the road; stopped and decided to try again. Same crap -- 30 seconds into the repair, I had an onslaught of bugs attacking me. At that point I said #### it; I didn't care about my rear wheel any more, and road down the trail until I found a large parking area where I could fix the tube. When I was riding on the flat; I kept off the saddle, and shifted my weight onto to the front tire. During the repair, I checked the wheel; and it was still true with no visible damage. The tire will probably need to be replaced soon -- it's holding up fine, but there are some tiny questionable cracks on the sidewall.

What's the longest you've ridden on a flat, and why?

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Oh, I ride on gravel roads because most paved roads around my parts are terrible. I run a steel frame, and deep-v's for some comfort and durability.


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Old 07-18-10, 07:11 PM
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I rode 5 miles last Saturday at the end of the Alleghany Gran Fondo in Western Viriginia with a flat front. I was pumped to be doing well and didn't want to stop to change a flat. I rode carefully - careful not to fidget or take a turn too quickly. I ended up the second finisher and lost no position due to the flat. The tire was trashed, and the rim was scratched - but the tire needed replacement anyway and i didn't lose any sleep over the rim as the whole bike is my rainy weather bike.
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Old 07-18-10, 07:11 PM
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3 feet, because I couldn't stop any faster. Ruining a tire and tube is costly but ruining a wheel--that gets expensive.
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My longest distance was actually today my damn front tire blew in the middle of my first tri in the middle of the biggest most rock covered bumpy hill so I couldnt stop because the hill was too steep for me to change the tire. I'm not sure yet what kind of damage I did but I'm pretty sure I might have ruined the rim today, no real way to keep the weight off the front tire going uphill :/
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Old 07-18-10, 07:15 PM
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As long as it takes me to stop. Seriously, why ruin a tire and potentially a wheel? Makes no sense to me at all. How far would you run your car after the oil light came on?
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Old 07-18-10, 07:15 PM
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About 10 miles. But it was a tubular, so annoying but doable.
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Old 07-18-10, 07:25 PM
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maybe 5 seconds...clincher
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Old 07-18-10, 07:38 PM
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About 2 or 3 miles. I couldn't figure out why the rear suddenly seemed very stiff when I hit a bump, but we were near the end of the ride so I just finished then inspected the bike. I had no idea I had a flat. There was no fishtailing or swerving at all. Amazing, I didn't cut down the tire or damage the rim, but the tube was toast.
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Old 07-18-10, 07:49 PM
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10 feet to slow down to a stop, i dont care about the tube and tire, it's the wheels i want to protect.
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Old 07-18-10, 08:02 PM
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Maybe a few miles when I was a kid, and couldn't fix a flat. But now ten feet and in less than three minutes, i'm good to go.
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Old 07-18-10, 08:40 PM
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6 miles. Tire and rim were both fine - tossed the tube.
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Old 07-18-10, 08:51 PM
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pfffft.........I don't stop riding...I just change it while I ride...I would hate to stop just because of a flat.
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Old 07-19-10, 02:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Daytrip View Post
As long as it takes me to stop. Seriously, why ruin a tire and potentially a wheel? Makes no sense to me at all. How far would you run your car after the oil light came on?
All the way to the dealership to ask them where the heck that light came from. Does anything have any warning lights other than "brake" "low fuel" and "check engine" (I checked, it's still an engine) these days?
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Old 07-19-10, 03:15 AM
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10 miles on a mtn bike. The trails near our place had thorny briers. I repaired two punctures, then I got a third. I was pissed so I road home on the punctured tire. This was pre slime, pre puncture strips, circa 1988. I was also young and dumb.
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Old 07-19-10, 03:25 AM
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One occasion was about 2 miles. Front flat, but I didn't know it. Specialized All-Condition Armadillo tires. It flattened about 5 minutes into the ride. The sidewalls are so tough that I didn't notice it was going flat. I thought I was having a particularly bad day on the bike. Got about two miles up the road and thought about turning around. Checked the tire and flat.... When I got home I threw those tires in the garbage.
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Old 07-19-10, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
About 10 miles. But it was a tubular, so annoying but doable.
When I ride on tubulars I don't carry a spare. If I flat I'll ride because it's possible.

I even bridged to two guys riding steady (25-35 mph on a flat to slight downhill few miles of road). I declined to pull but didn't tell them why. Finally one got kind of annoyed at me and asked me to pull. I told him that I didn't want to pull because my front tire was flat and I didn't want to take them out. They both sat up, couldn't believe that I'd been riding with them with a flat.

The shop that I was riding to was closed so I had to ride home. Maybe 15 miles total, maybe more. (In CT - flatted in New Canaan, rode to Darien then to Norwalk).

The only time this doesn't apply is with the wide rimmed HED tubulars (and maybe Zipps). I realized this on my Stinger 6s - the carbon would hit if you rode on a flat, so I wouldn't ride it on a flat.

Clincher? I rode a double flat for about 30 minutes (5 miles?). I'd rather change a clincher flat but that time I wasn't prepared for two flats (hit a pothole while drafting a truck at high speed).

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Old 07-19-10, 08:58 AM
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-15ft. I don't let it go flat. I'll bail off the bike as i come to a stop before taking a chance on the rim cutting the tire, or the rim getting a scratched up.

I've had a slow leak on a pizza/bar hop ride and let it go a couple miles. Front tire, so I rode no handed leaning back. It never went flat, just very bouncing with no weight on it. Had to stop once to throw some air in it quickly, then changed it at the next stop. I didn't know where the place was, didn't want ot ask the group to stop, and wasn't ready to head home yet.
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Old 07-19-10, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by KD5NRH View Post
All the way to the dealership to ask them where the heck that light came from. Does anything have any warning lights other than "brake" "low fuel" and "check engine" (I checked, it's still an engine) these days?
Yup, should have an oil pressure light. Some cars don't have the gauge, but i think all still have the light.
Possibly a "check gauges" light too. Not exactly sure what triggers that one on all cars. New Infinitis will throw that light when the fuel is low (not sure if they have a dedicated fuel light also).
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Old 07-19-10, 10:02 AM
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When I first read this, I thought the OP was insane. I have been attacked in broad daylight the same way out in the country a few weeks ago and it was unreal. Flies, knats, moquitos began attacking me after about 2 minutes after I got off my bike as I was checking where the heck I was with my GPS on my phone. It was so bad I had to get back on my bike and ride. It didn't matter that I was still lost. I couldn't even concentrate on what was on the screen as I was being attacked so badly. If I had a flat a that moment I would have ridden on a completely flat tire too.
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~ 10 miles

A few weeks ago, in a town where it never rains, I was commuting (in a suit, no less) when it started to rain... hard. Since I was between here and there, I knew it was too late for the suit and kept riding. A few minutes later, I'm going around a corner at 25 mph, when I suddenly slide out and crash. I got up and was like, WTH? I discovered that my front tire had flatted. Well, I didn't have any supplies with me so I rode across town to the nearest LBS. I needed to get where I was going pretty bad, and I was on my training wheelset. So, I rode it figuring I might have to rebuild the wheel with a new rim later. Amazingly, the wheel was fine and had absolutely no damage!
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