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No flats so far... 532 miles!

Old 12-20-10, 10:58 PM
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No flats so far... 532 miles!

I'm dumbfounded. Got my first road bike 1.5 mos ago and while I've blown out my rear tube twice, I'm still rolling on the original front tube.

Is it normal to go so long w/o a flat?
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Old 12-20-10, 10:59 PM
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I went 3300 miles before my first flat.
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Old 12-20-10, 11:06 PM
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I don't keep track to have real numbers, but I probably flat every 1000 miles or so on average? It's all luck, so sometimes more sometimes much less.
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Originally Posted by Vicelord View Post
I'm dumbfounded. Got my first road bike 1.5 mos ago and while I've blown out my rear tube twice, I'm still rolling on the original front tube.

Is it normal to go so long w/o a flat?
I'd be getting annoyed if I was averaging a flat every 250 miles. You might want to check your air pressure more frequently.
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Old 12-20-10, 11:25 PM
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Since you went and talked about it...

Make sure you have your repair kit with you tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by Vicelord View Post
I'm dumbfounded. Got my first road bike 1.5 mos ago and while I've blown out my rear tube twice, I'm still rolling on the original front tube.

Is it normal to go so long w/o a flat?
Same thing happened with me except the front tube. It finally failed(exploded) while I was going downhill at 30mph.
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Old 12-20-10, 11:43 PM
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I haven't had a flat in over 6,000 miles. I'm probably due.
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5500 miles in nine months and only one flat - and that one was overnight so I changed the tire in the morning. Have never had to stop on the road yet to fix one of my own. I have stopped twice to help others, however. Good karma, I guess.
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Try some Pro Race 3's. You will flat soon. Any racing tire for that matter.
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No flats in almost 15,000 miles. I do use puncture resistant tires, though. GP4000 during the summer and Gatorskins during the winter.
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I started off on a cruiser bike with balloon tires, had periodic flats, and just assumed that was normal. I bought a new bike, which came with Vittoria Rando-cross tires (something like that). Anyway, i've got over 8,000 miles on the bike, and zero flats. Needless to say, I'm going to keep using that kind of tire.
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Originally Posted by Vicelord View Post
I'm dumbfounded. Got my first road bike 1.5 mos ago and while I've blown out my rear tube twice, I'm still rolling on the original front tube.

Is it normal to go so long w/o a flat?
Bored and trolling?
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Old 12-21-10, 01:44 AM
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Bored and trolling?
seems like a legitimate question

your post on the other hand . . . .
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I thought this was a hill thread
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Some days are better than others. Flats happen on their own time
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I will give the OP the benefit of the doubt that he/she is a novice and not a troll.

Flat frequency depends on LOTs of variables, including tires, riding conditions, tire pressure, etc.

I typically get a flat every 2000-3000 miles. 80% of the time it's the rear.
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Originally Posted by Vicelord View Post
I'm dumbfounded. Got my first road bike 1.5 mos ago and while I've blown out my rear tube twice, I'm still rolling on the original front tube.

Is it normal to go so long w/o a flat?
A few things to know:
  1. Never mention not getting flats unless you are prepared to deal with the wrath of the flat tire gods
  2. Front tires flat a lot less frequently than the rear
  3. Two blowouts in such a short period in the rear is insane -- they should be much less frequent even than front flats. Something is almost certainly wrong
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You need to start buying better tires and then keep them properly inflated. Two flats in 500 miles is a sign of a problem (not good luck).
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I was riding a couple of weeks ago and it occured to me that I hadn't flatted for about 2,000 miles. Thirty minutes later I was on the side of the road pumping up a tire.
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Two flats on the same ride isn't much better (different wheels)
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I typically get a flat every 2000-3000 miles. 80% of the time it's the rear.
My rear tire typically wears out by 3000 miles, so it gets replaced.

This year I've had 1 flat in 5,300 miles. 95% of those miles on road tubeless and the rest on Gatorskins (backup bike). And that flat could've been avoided had I missed the sharp rock while going around a corner. Saw it, but didn't successfully avoid it.
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I'm a few hundred miles short of 3000 for the year (since May) and have only had one flat. This despite running Conti GP4000s for the past several months on both road bikes.
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i havent flatted all year on either of the bikes i ride. not sure how many miles but about 2,000 miles on one of them.
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Jinx.

I'm going on 3,300 flat-free miles with a set of GP4000s.
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i bought a co2 inflator early in the year and i still haven't fired it in anger yet.
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