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What would you say your ratio of flats is, front to rear?

Old 02-15-11, 03:17 PM
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What would you say your ratio of flats is, front to rear?

I've only had 3 flats since I started this sport about a year and half ago, but they've all been on the rear wheel. I can only recall my riding buddies getting flats on the rear tire as well. Why is that? Simply a matter of weight?

What would you say your ratio is?
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Old 02-15-11, 03:22 PM
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1 front to 10 rear.

I always rotate my front tire to the rear so the newest rubber is always on the front. My hope is to get this ratio up even higher.
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#div/0! over the past three years.

Before that, 100% rear.
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I use to average about 2 flats per year until I went to GP4000s and I haven't had a flat in the past two years. But, I would say for every five flat I get on the back I get one on the front.
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last 3-4 months: 4 to 1 (front to rear).
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Old 02-15-11, 03:54 PM
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4 to 1 ,I think you run the obects over with the front,which stands them up to hit the back.
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Easily 10 to 1 or greater -- this has held for many years. But most of my miles are lugging rear panniers.
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I only have one bulletproof tire, on the rear, my front flats are so infrequent I don't bother. It isn't just a matter of weight, it is also that often you run over objects with the rear after you steer around them with the front.
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The only 2 front flats I remember were pinch flats where I had let the front tire get low. Probably had 20 or 30 rear flats in that time (few years).
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So far, 100% rear.
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I never talked about flatting because I hadn't had one in close to 3 years. Then I had 3 in a week. All rear. Same with crashes. Never talked about them because it had been over 20 years since the last "real" crash. Then I had one earlier this year...not a major bone breaker, but a damaging one nonetheless.

Back to tires...over my life, probably 5:1 favoring the rear.

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I started riding a few years ago and in 16,000 miles I have had two flats both in the front.
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About 1:6, F-R.
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
last 3-4 months: 4 to 1 (front to rear).
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1:4 f:r
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The reason I ask is because I was planning on putting a wheel in the wheel truck for a race this weekend, but I don't have a 10-speed cassette to put on this rear wheel I have. So I thought, well, I'll just put a front wheel in the truck, 50-50 chances right?

Any other theories as to why most people have more rear flats?
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Its because there's more weight on the rear, more force pushing things through the tires
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Old 02-15-11, 07:21 PM
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6 front 1 rear.
Put thorn resistant tubes in both tires after 1st flat(rear) first one has gone through 5 more tubes since then. The rear is still on the thorn resistant one. I just put tire liners in both tires to stop flats a couple days ago.


Looks like I am the only one with this.
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Old 02-15-11, 07:24 PM
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Its because there's more weight on the rear, more force pushing things through the tires
I had always thought so. Also most of us put the newer (and thicker) tire on the front and move the older more worn one to the back, that is likely a factor too.
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The last few flats I had were all in the rear. Overall it is close to 2:10 f:r.
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