These flat prevention tips may come in handy - these are a mixture of my own tips, other peoples and things I've picked up from the net. I actually use all of them:
Before each ride, inspect and wipe down your tires. I use a gloved hand for this, and wipe down and inspect the sidewalls for bits of glass etc that could get into the tire and puncture it. I also check that it's not rubbing anywhere it shouldn't and that the brakes haven't been knocked. Takes 30 seconds per wheel.
When inflating the tire (at least once in two days), there is absolutely no need to go up to the recommended PSI written on the sidewall. If you're running 23C tires then 100psi is enough (I run 100 front/105 back, some of my lighter friends run 90-100). This increases comfort, and the prevents the tire from being rock hard so that things can bounce off it easier rather than penetrate.
The tip above assumes that you have a good floor pump with a tire pressure gauge. A handheld gauge is also useful - my floor pump gauge reads 10psi higher than my handheld one.
Run slightly bigger tires. There's no more rolling resistance from a 25C tire than a 23, but you get more comfort and increased flat protection. If you run bigger tires, drop down 10psi - I run my 25C tires at 90/95.
When installing your tires - make sure that the label of the tire is at the valve stem. Not only does this look neat, but it gives you an easy and consistent reference point to locate any bits of debris that is still in the tire.
When you find the offending item, go around the tire again (with gloves) to see if there's anything else in there that you missed.
Make sure your saddlebag is full of the right tire-changing items and make sure you know how to use them. I have a tendency to not replace my tubes unless I make the effort to do it!
Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 5/14/2009 (16:51)
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