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First 3 weeks - 2 flats - Jamie Roy

Old 09-29-07, 01:56 PM
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80-90 psi should be enough, but if you're rolling skinny tires you might even need more.

Check your rim strips and make sure your tubes are not getting pinched under the bead when you switch them out. Check for damage to the tube/tire from jagged rim seams. File down any sharp edges on the valve hole and don't crank down the nut for the valve stem too much when you first inflate your tire.

Keep your tires clean when riding in the rain. Inspect them regularly and pick up any chunks of stuff you find in them before they work their way further down.

Oh, and make yourself visible and assert your space on the road so you are not forced to ride in glass-filled gutters, etc..
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Old 09-29-07, 02:22 PM
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Are valve stem nuts required?
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Old 07-23-08, 03:53 PM
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Yet another IRO customer with two flats (mine in the first 10 miles on the bike). Love the bike - hate the flats...
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Old 07-23-08, 06:49 PM
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Stupid question but...are you guys using rim tape?
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Old 07-24-08, 01:39 AM
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The roy was stolen from me about a year ago but now I've got weinmann dp18's on my kilott with rim tape, good tubes, and gatorskins. I rarely get flats. Maybe once every other month.
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Old 07-24-08, 01:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Moto74 View Post
Stupid question but...are you guys using rim tape?
When I first got my dp's, I had accidentally skipped a hole on my front wheel and I got a flat every day until I realized what I had done. Rim tape's a must.
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Old 07-24-08, 09:06 AM
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I had a flat on the second ride with my Mark V. Threw out the crappy stock tires, installed some Continental GP 4000s, and have not had a flat since in hundred of miles. I weigh about 175 lbs, inflate my tires until they are rock hard, and have never had issue with either my GP4000s on the Mark V or my Armadillos on my Felt, which have themselves gone over 1500 miles flat free. Get new tires, and know that being over pressure is always preferable to being under pressure.
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Old 07-24-08, 10:45 AM
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I upgraded to Specialized Armadillos. No flats so far.
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Old 07-24-08, 06:31 PM
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If you never want another flat again whatsoever.. get specialized armadillos.

I keep mine about 120 psi, never had a flat with these tires.

The ride quality isnt as good, but its a great city/commuting tire.

I dont know why I keep carrying my spare tube/patch kit.. I must of gave away 2 or 3 tubes by now to other people with flats.

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Originally Posted by Landgolier View Post
If you have a pump that's capable of 120psi, all you need is a little converter for schrader to presta. They cost $1. Never go back to the LBS that fixed the flats for you if they knew you didn't have a presta pump and didn't sell you one of these, they're either idiots or predators.

Road bike tires generally need to be pumped about every other day, sometimes they won't have gone down but generally you'll find they'll go down to about 90psi pretty quickly. Always inflate to the max, or at least to 110-115. The IRO probably doesn't ship with the greatest tires, but 2 flats in 3 weeks isn't a huge deal, especially if one was from big construction crap that no tire would have fended off and the other was probably a pinch flat from low pressure. Get a pump, tire levers, some spare tubes, and a patch kit, and if you're doing everything right and still flatting a lot, then look into new tires.
+1 good advice.

I check my tires every day and pump them up to ~110psi. I weigh 150 pounds (68kg).



When riding around town, don't ride too close to the curb; that's where all the glass and crap is. Stay 3 feet off the curb and you'll be in better shape. And cars can see you better.
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