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6/14/14 5:13 P

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Two flats on the C&O and GAP ride this past week. No problem - a brief break from our days riding. Big problem - 3 broken spokes. Thankfully only 2 miles to Confluence we were going to stay that night anyway. Thankfully it has a great bike shop and owner. While walking bike into town this guy came riding over asking if I needed help. Explained problem - turns out he was owner and said he would be at shop at 8:30 rather than his normal 9 AM opening time. Bike fixed and on our way....

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6/4/14 9:27 P

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I got my 1st flat of the year. No tube or pump so I walked home (2 hours) AMA was going to take 75 minutes to pick me up anyway!
I'm going to look up the You Tube video so I can change the tire quickly - no more walking home for me.
Got the tire fixed and bought a spare tube and pump. It's raining now and rain is forecast for tomorrow as well. At least the weekend is supposed to be good for cycling
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4/1/14 6:56 P

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Haven't ridden much because of poor weather but managed to get first flat of 2014 over the week-end. Rode Saturday and went to get bike Monday to meet friend. Alas back tire flat. Small road debris punctured the tire/tube for a slow leak.

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3/15/14 5:36 P

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Had my first flat of the year on Friday.

I hit a rock on the path and encountered a pinch flat. Quick tube replacement and I was back on my way.

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1/4/14 9:36 P

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Hello~ Yes I am new to the team. I have, however been cycling seriously since 2010. In 2012 a friend and I went on a fantastic trip to the Erie Canal in New York. We cycled 7 out of the 8 days we planned, riding over 220 miles down the canal (mule path). We camped along the way at the locks or the marina's. We stopped in the small towns along the way for coffee and lunch but the rest we packed and made dinner after we set up camp for the night. The mornings we made breakfast, broke camp and headed out for that days adventure. Day 4 we began experiencing flats, I ended up with 8 or 9 flats and she about the same until day 7 when we both couldn't take it any more. They just kept coming, let me say I am VERY good at changing flats especially the rear tire. However, before this endeavor I did take a class at my local bike shop on flats and fixing chains, adjusting brakes and derailleurs and other small fixes, best money I ever spent!

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12/2/13 1:58 A

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After getting two flat tires since riding this last May I have learned quite a bit. First that YOUTUBE is awesome for learning how to do things. Two, I learned that my local non profit bicycle shop is amazing at teaching me how to change tires and fix my punctured tubes and three, there is no better way to learn then doing it yourself.

I also learned that I should always keep my patch kit, tire hooks, and air pump on me at all times when riding my bike. Learned that the hard way when I got a flat on my way to work and had to walk the whole rest of the way emoticon

Also I learned this winter that if you are thrifty like me and made your own winter studded tires for your bike with screws that you should cover the screws with lots of duct tape and use and old inner tube on top of that to protect your inflated tube so you don't get a flat! Keep up the cycling everyone! emoticon

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11/15/13 4:48 P

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I_CAN_AMY - You're right. There are several you tube videos on the subject.

I suggest that you practice this at home before learning this skill on the side of the road or trail!

My local bike shop offers classes on the subject. My shop even offers these classes for women only.

It is an easy skill to learn.

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11/12/13 11:38 P

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Ok, after reading all of these stories, I am really happy with my mountain bike and its big, knobby, thick tires right now, lol! I also have a kit and some weird looking hook type things...but I have no idea how to change a tire. There is probably a YouTube video for that, right?

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11/8/13 6:43 P

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I experienced flat #4 of the year this afternoon. I hit a broken glass bottle top and immediately had a flat on my front left tire. I changed it road side in under 10 minutes!

I still qualify as a Clydesdale. So I am particularly picky about trying to avoid pinch flats. I check my tire pressure at least once per week with a gauge and before each ride by 'feel'.

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10/21/13 9:23 A

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I hate flats. I using some new Michelin rubber on my bike and that seems to be better. I'm especially worried now because... well, I'm a lot heavier than before and worried about pinch flats and or more chances of penetrating than before. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and see how these tires make it through the early stages of me getting back some base miles.

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10/4/13 12:57 P

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Don't think I don't take my cell phone with me. Not that my husband can change a bike tire but at least he could provide some sympathy and maybe he'd have sense enough to put the bike rack on the car.

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10/4/13 7:48 A

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I experienced flats # 2 and #3 of the year yesterday.

Flat #2 - Garage flat on front left tire in the morning. Puncture. Fixed tube and delayed my ride until late in the day.
Flat #3 - Puncture on front right tire while accelerating from a stop. Only 3.5 miles from home. I made the call of shame (ride home from my teenager) and gave up my attempts to ride for the day.

The positive of all this? I learned to adjust the disk brakes on my trike after repairing flat #3 in the 'comfort' of my garage.

It is simply amazing how loud a quick puncture can be when riding a trike. I guess sitting on my trike so much closer to the tires makes the noise from a puncture much more noticeable than while riding a DF bike

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9/30/13 8:20 P

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Note to APONI_KB--your post cracked me up.

I know that anxiety. Maybe your local bike shop wouldn't mind if you did a trial run of changing a tube in their shop so that if you get stuck they can get you back on track. I keep reading your post over and over because it's so funny.

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Wow Bill - great PR for the shop - ten tubes should last awhile!

Had 8 and 9 this week. Because of switching jobs have only ridden three times this week - two of them with flats. After riding I put bike in shed and the next day came out and noticed that the tire was flat. Found a small sliver of metal in it. Four days later went for another ride using road bike. Ten miles in front tube was getting soft. So checked the tire again and found a piece of a sharp stone. Was on a backroad, not much traffic, but an older gentlemen stopped to make sure I was OK. Nice to have people checking on me!

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9/24/13 10:45 A

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oh please no

I've had a road bike for about a month now. When I bought it they put me through a quick and dirty on how to change a tire, sold me a kit, and attached it under my seat. Later I printed something from bicycle magazine on how to change a flat and stuck it in there with my tools. I'm not entirely sure I can pull it off. I'm paranoid about keeping my tires fully inflated. I imagine it will happen sooner or later and hopefully another cyclist will be along and take pity on me.

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Numbers 15, 16, and 17 occurred last week on the rear wheel. Took the wheel back to the LBS. They discovered that the tape put in the rim wasn't wide enough. Since it was on them, they gave me 10 inner tubes and CO2 cartridges. Hopefully, this will do it for a while.

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WOOHOO! Got my first flat since taking up cycling again and committing to my weight loss journey in June 2013.

I changed the flat and was SO proud of myself. I was in the process of pumping up the tube when . . . PFT (supposed to be a sound effect) . . . my tube valve end popped off as I was removing the pump from the valve.

I only had one tube on me, and so I chose to call a cab (I don't really know anyone nearby that I could call in a pinch) to pick me up. OUCH $$$$$$

Lesson learned: ALWAYS CARRY MORE THAN ONE TUBE. I should've already known that!!! Live and learn. Or, live and learn a lesson more painfully so that the lesson sticks.

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8/27/13 11:19 A

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Well, I'm still not riding enough, but I have put a lot of miles on those tires.

BTW, I have something of a reputation for being a rabbe-rouser, so I kind of admire it in others. *kind of* emoticon

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Now that's a great clarification......Wearing out the tires. If you've gone through 2 sets of tires, you're riding enough. How's that (LOL)

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How much is enough? If I'm riding 70 miles a week commuting and another 30 or 40 on the weekends, isn't that enough?

If you're wearing out the tread on your tires, that's enough, enit?

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8/26/13 1:33 P

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Number 14 arrived while doing the Hotter than Hell 100. Pretty sure it was caused by "stickers" at the rest areas.

Goathead country or not, if you haven't had a flat this year you haven't been on the road very much.

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8/20/13 7:53 P

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Ugh! Scary-looking demonic evil thorny things! They remind me of "jack rocks" people would weld together from nails to prevent folks from crossing picket lines during Caterpillar Tractor Co. strikes in the past. I'd rather ride a heavy well-armed bike than push any other bike.

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Baah! I live in goathead country. Those things adhere to car tires - they will go through any bike tire, including thick-walled mountain bike tires.

I don't get flats because I have thick tire liners and puncture-resistant tubes. They weigh a lot, but not even glass gets through these suckers. I see no badge of honor getting a flat.

A friend of ours from Seattle will be riding in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Cycle for Life next weekend. He came over last weekend to check out the 65-mile route. I told him ahead of time he should tell his bike shop he would be riding in goathead country, and ask them to put tire liners & puncture-resistant tubes on his bike. They told him he didn't need them because his tires could handle it.

Round about mile 25, miles from town (but thankfully still within cell coverage), he got a flat. We took him to our LBS where they outfitted him with Slime tubes and tire liners.

If you're asking, "what the heck is a goat head?", you're lucky. Here's a great explanation from a rider: http://www.socorro.com/fattire/goatheads.h
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Amen to that, BILL60! A few years ago my husband was known as "the flat-master." Between mountain biking, road riding, and broken clam shells on a recreational trail, he went through a lot of tubes for awhile. The heavier puncture-resistant tubes & tires really help. Maybe overkill, but we look at it as additional training weight.
On a lighter note, flats are the break we didn't know we needed...

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Flat # 13 for the year. I'm pretty sure that it was caused by worn out tire. So, replaced the inner tube and the rear tire.

Memo to those that haven't had flats this year..........YOU'RE NOT RIDING ENOUGH!!

Edited by: BILL60 at: 8/19/2013 (15:03)
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We all hate flats, but it's fun being able to fix a flat in about 5 minutes. I keep the little presta valve nuts as souvenirs. emoticon

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7/30/13 4:00 P

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I haven't had a single flat this year.

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Flat today (not sure how many this year - 6 or 7 perhaps). Went to meet friend for lunch. On way back the shoulder (although relatively wide) was filled with debris and it is a pretty busy road. The thought went through my head - this is not good as I dodged the garbage and the cars flying past. Sure enough got to my turn-off and tire flat.

Not a problem changing it but a recreational guy on a bike went past and didn't even acknowledge my existence let alone are you OK. Found nice shaded area and the owner of house came out to see if I needed anything. Had an enjoyable conversation with her.

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Got another flat today even with Slime in my tube! Man I just can't get a break!

Yeah it's another one of those no-see-um's too!

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Got my first flat tire today, a tiny piece of metal pierced through the rear tire and inner tube.
I was far away from home as it happened, not fun.


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With Sunday's flat, the total is now 12 for the year. Checked both the tire and the inner tube and could not see anything obvious to have caused the flat. The puncture on the inner tube was very tiny. Thinking more and more about tubeless tires.

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Had a rupture of the TIRE last week when I went to ride to work! It bulged out on the side -- I've never seen anything like it. Had to go buy new tires for the bike (they have a couple thousand miles on them) and took the opportunity to get a new tube, too.

Good-bye, slow leak. It will be nice to always have air in my tires when I want to take off!

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I bought my bike a year and a half ago, and 2 weeks ago got my first flat doing the bloomin metric. AND since I never had a flat, I was totally unaware of how to change it correctly. I got the tool and extra tube out, and got the tire off, and old tube. NOTE TO SELF: Do NOT use the tool to put the tire back on because it puts a nice hole in the new tube. emoticon . So thank God it was a sponsored event because the repair van came around and replaced that tube with a new one and gave me another as a spare. AND gave me a quick on the spot tire changing clinic lesson so I don't get into another jam like that one.
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With my mishap on Saturday and Sunday, my year's total has grown to 11.

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If I have a slow leak and have chosen not to change the tire, do I get to count each time I get the bike out and it's flat?
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I took it in to get a tune-up and the guys offered to change it for $15 or something ridiculous like that... I told them I knew how to change a tire. They said most customers don't.

It hasn't been a problem except when riding to work -- by the end of the day, I have to pump it up to get home!

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Last night was my very first flat ever to fix road side. I swear I caught myself looking for my work bench to set things on. Fortunately I had an extra tube and necessary tools and was back on the road in short order. It's a brand new road bike tho so I struggled a bit getting the back tire (of course it was the back tire! ;) back on.

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Anyone ever try those tubes with removable valve stems? You just squirt 2 oz of Slime in there and you're good to go! I just did it to my wife's bike and so far so good. We ride on riverbed trails and streets where there are always thorns and broken glass.

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Just got my bike back from very thorough tune-up so no flat today. Before the tune-up I had two flats within a half hour. It seems that I let my bike sit too long and the spokes were puncturing tubes from the rim. Oh my it was a too long Winter.

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5th flat of the year. Don't know what caused it. The roads I ride on are pretty rugged.

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4th flat of the year. This was a case of a faulty inner tube. As I was filling air into tire, the valve busted.

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First flat of 2013. Hit a smallish rock, pinched sidewall on back tire. Had to "reinforce" the tire with some garbage somebody left on the side of the road (mustard packet wrapper). Tires were old anyway. I'll have a new front and back tire for the next ride.

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3rd flat of the year. Those cheap Mavic tires were changed for the Continental 4000S. Hopefully, that will do the trick and I'll never ever have another flat......NOT!!

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Aargh. My first flat of the year. The back tire was a little low so I added some air when I got to work. Came out to head home and it was completely flat and wouldn't hold air. No spare inner tube at work so now DW has to come pick me up and I'll fix it tomorrow.

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2nd flat of the year. Unusual cause it was the front wheel. Most of my flats are from the rear wheel.

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Just bought some training wheels that came with some cheapo Mavic inner tubes. After less than 150 miles, I have my first flat od the year. Don't think they'll last as much.

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1st flat of 2013. Looks like it's time to replace the front, casing is going. 3256.79 miles out of that front tire.

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6115 miles for the year - no flats

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12/5/12 9:41 P

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Had my first flat on Monday. Beautiful weather, got in a nice 10 mile ride to campus and parked my bike in the rack. At the end of the day I headed out looking forward to a nice leisurely ride home and ... flat. No spare, no pump, the gas station down the road doesn't have an air hose so DW had to come pick me up. Next time, I'll be better prepared.

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12/3/12 1:27 P

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2989.51 miles on the new Schwalbe's - with no flats
5553.12 miles for the year - no flats




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11/4/12 1:59 P

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Flat #15 for the year. It's getting expensive. Rough roads.

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10/23/12 1:25 P

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Flat #14 this morning. Think it's time for a change of tires. Considering the chip and seal roads that I bike on, 4,667 miles on a set of tires is not too shabby. I'll stick with my Continental 4000S tires.

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10/22/12 1:48 P

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As I was leaving for my ride this morning I noticed a flat on my front tire. The air was escaping from where the valve and the rubber come together. That's 13 for the year.

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10/15/12 5:25 P

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@MWEDERGREN - had you considered going tubeless? one of the first mods i did when i got a 29er was to go that route and havent dealt with any flats for months.

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10/12/12 3:16 P

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Had a set of double flats last week. Was getting ready for a ride and found that both were flat w/ multiple shards.

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10/11/12 9:01 A

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2208.88 miles on the new Schwalbe's - with no flats
4772.49 miles for the year - no flats



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9/17/12 6:51 P

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I have had the WORST luck with flats. I bought myself a Norco Fluid 3 (full suspension mountain bike) and for 3 months straight, I would get a flat EVERY single time I rode my bike, whic discouraged me from riding at all, for fear of getting a flat and having to spend even more time, effort and money to keep riding it.
I would continuously take my bike in to my LBS, and thankfully they replaced the tubes for free. But I had never had a problem this substantial before. Has anyone else encountered anything close to this? I
FINALLY told them to drill my rims out to take schrader valves instead of presta's, and so far (knock on wood) I haven't had any problems.

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