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I'm sick of getting flats

Old 01-02-15, 10:18 AM
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I'm sick of getting flats

Ever since I start road cycling intensely, I have been getting tons of flats. Does anyone have any recommendations for some good 23 tires? They don't have to be the best of the best, but a good balance of durability and appropriate for going on my racing club's team rides and for CAT 5 races.
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I don't think it's really the tires. All training tires seem to have decent puncture resistance. It's avoiding roads that have a lot of road debris, glass etc? At least that's my experience.
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Are you installing your tubes correctly? Was this just one flat that keeps on happening over and over again because of bad technique in replacing the tube and not cleaning up the problem inside the tire from the first one?
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That is very possible. I do check the treads before replacing them for any debris. My flats often seem to be pinch flats.
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Old 01-02-15, 10:42 AM
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Here in coastal Rhode Island there are millions of seagulls, or more, who open clam shells by dropping them on pavement from a height. This results in certain areas littered with many chards of clam shells that will imbed in tires causing flats eventually. Periodically, I let all the air out of the tires so that when I pinch them between thumb and forefinger cuts are opened revealing pieces of clam shell or glass which I then pick out with something pointy. Maybe a similar preventive practice will minimize your flats.
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Originally Posted by HawkeyeCubs34 View Post
That is very possible. I do check the treads before replacing them for any debris. My flats often seem to be pinch flats.
You might try 25s if they fit and increase pressure. Pinch flats should be mostly avoidable - new tires probably wont help.
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Originally Posted by HawkeyeCubs34 View Post
That is very possible. I do check the treads before replacing them for any debris. My flats often seem to be pinch flats.
Pinch flats have nothing to do with the type of tires. Get a decent pump and put the correct pressure in your tires. If you're getting a lot of pinch flats it's due to either inadequate pressure or you're a 'heavy' rider. To ride 'lighter' you need to unweight the bike when you ride over obstacles. If you see a change in pavement level coming up you should either bunny hop or at least get off the saddle and let your legs absorb some of the bump. It also helps to keep your vision up so you have time to avoid potholes or other obstacles.
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Originally Posted by HawkeyeCubs34 View Post
That is very possible. I do check the treads before replacing them for any debris. My flats often seem to be pinch flats.
Be very careful when replacing your tires after a flat, and pump to a higher pressure. If you're getting pinch flats regularly, you're more than likely either snagging the tube under the tire bead in installation, or you're hitting potholes and other obstacles with your rim rather than just your tire.

If you haven't already, invest in a decent stand pump, and check your pressure before every ride. You'll probably only have to give a quick squirt of air every time, but it can make a huge difference.
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Old 01-02-15, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by HawkeyeCubs34 View Post
That is very possible. I do check the treads before replacing them for any debris. My flats often seem to be pinch flats.
When you put the tube in, make sure you there is a little air in the tube so that the tube has some shape. I blow air into the tube with my mouth. This has eliminated pinch flats for me.
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The best performance flat resistance is Conti GP2's. If you are in the Southwest / SoCal area they are great protection against goatheads which cause many of the flats.
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Originally Posted by HawkeyeCubs34 View Post
That is very possible. I do check the treads before replacing them for any debris. My flats often seem to be pinch flats.
Do you check the inside of the tire as well?
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Originally Posted by HawkeyeCubs34 View Post
That is very possible. I do check the treads before replacing them for any debris. My flats often seem to be pinch flats.
Air up your tires before every ride.

57,000 miles with no Pinch flats for me.
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Get Slime tubes and install them with 25 or 28mm Continental Gatorskin Hardshells. I am experiencing mountain bike-like flat protection on my road bike.
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Originally Posted by furiousferret View Post
The best performance flat resistance is Conti GP2's. If you are in the Southwest / SoCal area they are great protection against goatheads which cause many of the flats.
I rode Gatorskins for a long time and they were utterly brilliant.
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Originally Posted by Lazy Dog View Post
Get Slime tubes and install them with 25 or 28mm Continental Gatorskin Hardshells. I am experiencing mountain bike-like flat protection on my road bike.
Don't do this.

Slime works very, very poorly with higher pressure tires such as 23s or 25s.

If you're getting actual pinch flats, pump your tires to the proper pressure before each ride (you do have a floor pump with a guage, right?), and stop running over things that give you pinch flats.
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never pinch flatted my roadie.

lots of pinch flats on my offroad motos.
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Go tubeless. Seriously. I was sold for life when I heard the "pssst" sound from my front at about 18mph. Before I could slow down, the "psst" stopped, the sealant did its job, and the tire pressure held. The whole ordeal cost me 5 psi. And it's impossible to get a pinch flat with tubeless.

Otherwise, heed the aforementioned advice from other posters.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels View Post
Air up your tires before every ride.

57,000 miles with no Pinch flats for me.
i never get flats. Even if I ride through a broken glass strewn area, i come out smiling.
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Every single flat I had this summer was a piece of metal. One staple, one unidentifiable metal shard and 6 tire wires from auto blowouts. Any suggestions for 28-32 to combat this?
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Every single flat I had this summer was a piece of metal. One staple, one unidentifiable metal shard and 6 tire wires from auto blowouts. Any suggestions for 28-32 to combat this?
I bought Shwalbe Marathon Plus at the recommendation of someone here on BF. They're been on my commuter / touring bike for over a year with no flats (or discernable wear). I don't do huge mileage compared to some of the riders on BF, but 5000 km on those tires (+/-) so far with no sign of stopping.

Forgot to mention - mine are a 32.
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Go tubeless. Seriously. I was sold for life when I heard the "pssst" sound from my front at about 18mph. Before I could slow down, the "psst" stopped, the sealant did its job, and the tire pressure held. The whole ordeal cost me 5 psi. And it's impossible to get a pinch flat with tubeless.

Otherwise, heed the aforementioned advice from other posters.
I have been watching Stan's Tubeless for a while. I like my clincher wheels and don't want to replace them but if I could use tubeless with them, I would be sold. I think I need an air compressor to install them.
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I have been watching Stan's Tubeless for a while. I like my clincher wheels and don't want to replace them but if I could use tubeless with them, I would be sold. I think I need an air compressor to install them.
I run tubeless tires on tubeless rims that I can normally get to install with my floor pump. The one time I got frustrated with the floor pump, the air pump at the local gas station worked fine for fifty cents.
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I have been watching Stan's Tubeless for a while. I like my clincher wheels and don't want to replace them but if I could use tubeless with them, I would be sold. I think I need an air compressor to install them.
The Bont Flash Charger gets good reviews. But for about the same price as a compressor, so you pays your money and takes your choice.

Reviewed: Bontrager Flash Charger tubeless tire pump - VeloNews.com

http://youtu.be/ch0dI7RWAno?t=2m50s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhGKl2ympjw
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You can tell if you're running enough pressure for your local roads if you never get pinch flats. Just gradually increase the pressure until that stops happening.

For a low-puncture racing tire, I think the best on the market are the Michelin PRO4 Endurance. 225g in 23mm.
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