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1st mountain biking flat of the season, 2nd overall. 6 minutes into my downhill singletrack run.

Pain is weakness leaving the body.

How do you eat an elephant?

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The stick on patch will work but you need to clean it and rough it up. If there is a seam near the hole you have to sand the seam down. If I'm on the road I just put a new tube in. I do patch my tires if needed.

You will learn from it.

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I was cursed with two this wee.

One from failed "stick on" self adhesive patches. I will never use that style of patch again. Stick on patches are only a temporary fix!

The second from installation error after not getting the tire bead seated properly - resulting in a blow out and need to replace a tire 3.7 miles into a ride.

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Flat yesterday, on the front. Another flat today (rear this time). Same trail, different places. I think the crazy 2" plus thorns are getting me.

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Kevlar:

For me these are pretty good. Don't over inflate them, be very careful to keep the pressure constant. I like about 110 psi with them. If you go too high, it's really hot, bike in a hot car, the kevlar doesn't have the same elongation properties as the rest of the tire and you can get a bulge. They have been around a long time.

Best way to prevent flats! Check your tires after each ride for glass, clean them. If you do go over a patch of glass, pull over and check for little pieces stuck in the tire, it might not puncture that ride but over time will work into the tube. This helps.

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Hmmm...hadn't heard about Kevlar tires!

Some research I'll share:

www.bikeforums.net/archive/index.php
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adventure.howstuffworks.com/outdoor-
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"Some bicycle tires also have a Kevlar ® belt running under the tread area, in addition to the normal bias plies. This is intended as a puncture preventive."

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Holy smokes, Bill, you're going to win this one! I put in about 2500-3000 per year and since I went to Kevlar (700 x 23) I have only flatted twice in two years! Amazing but true.

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Don,

If you watch it, you will see where you are having trouble. Let's go Don.....

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No camcorder handy, but will see if I can remember to have someone snap a shot with my cell. :-)

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Don, hate to put any pressure on you but...make a video and post it on your Vlog.

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Both recent flats were just nasty little nails that somehow nailed ME...ugh! Ah well. I've got the tube changing down...it's the putting the rear tire on that I'm going to get some hands-on practice with at our repair workshop on Sunday. Tire off, tire on, off, on, off, yadda-yadda...lol!

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Don,

This is not real hard. It does take a careful eye to inspect everything, put it back together without pinching, and get the valve straight as you inflate.

You might want to remove the rim strip. Inspect the holes and inside of the rim for sharp edges and replace with Velo cloth tape. Check the stem hole for little burrs and remove. Carefully check the inside of the tire for glass, sharp objects, or any kind of damage. On road repair can use a dollar bill or I cut a little piece of an old tire for this emergency.

Keep your spare tubes in baby powder or some thing so they don't get pinched.

Rain will bring glass out of the cracks so watch for that.


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Argh! ANOTHER rear tire flat on my way to work today! Jeez I can't get this rear tire changing lesson done soon enough! Flats & commuting don't mix!

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Our LBS runs periodic flat changing seminars. I made the wife go to one because of her training for and competing in TRI's. I guess when you are in some Tri's if you receive any assistance you may be disqualified from the event.

I switch out my tires from road to training cheap tires to use on the rollers every season. So at least twice a year I am practicing in fixing a flat tire.

What I need to do is use my CO2 cartridge on a practice and controlled environment so that when the real mccoy happens I won't be panicking during the crisis. LOL.

I just swapped out the tires last week and when I went to put the front tire on I noticed it was flat and part of the sidewall was off. I did not think anything of and put the tire back on the rim and began to add air. All I heard was the whooshing sound and thought this is not good. I went to where the powder was on the rim and took the tire off and I had a good 4 inch slit in the tube. Checked the rim and tire and nothing. Took it to the LBS to buy another tube and asked them what I did wrong. He replaced the tube and comped it. He showed me where I erred which was not double checking to make sure the tire was seated properly and evenly all the way around the rim. Apparent the Mavic Krysirium is notorious on not seating properly at first.

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First flat earlier this week. It was a slow leak. Considered riding to work and then up to LBS, but thought better of it and drove instead. Big difference this time was I tackled *FINALLY* changing it on my own. However with a back up plan: changed the flat outside of my LBS "just in case" I ran into any problems. Got the tire off, tube in, tire back on, inflated...BUT got all fumble-fingered attempting to put the tire (rear, of course...even Armadillo couldn't keep this WAY sharp, U-hook sorta thing from nailing it!) back on the bike. My LBS was crazy-busy with the warm weather bringing TONS of business their way, otherwise they would have taken more time with some demos. This Sunday our bike club has another repair workshop and I'm going to e-mail the fellow running it to beg for ample opportunities to do the rear tire and get this down pat!

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No flats yet. I have pretty good rubber and the road have been clean.

Good luck

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1300 miles so far this year and no flats. Schwalbe Marathon.

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Hope that takes care of the flats for a while...! :-)

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New tires on the R3.

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No flats so far this year. The new tires that I put on at the end of October may have something to do with that.

If you're getting a lot of flats, it might not be a bad idea to evaluate the condition of your tires. I had 8 flats last September and October. None since I put on the new tires.

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5th flat of the year.

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Got out for my 1st ride of the season on Weds., 33 miles, no flats...woo hoo!

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Three nights ago I dreamt that my Synapse had two flat tires. So I took her out the next day and no flats. Zero for 2012 and hope it stays that way.
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As soon as my front tire needs replacing I'm going to change over to Specialized's version of Armadillo's. I was SOOO happy with the results on the rear tire I changed over to this last year!

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4th flat of the year. My aero wheels are a bear for repairing flats.

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I rolling with Schwalbe Marathons on my Surly LHT. 26 x 1.5 gotta love the fat tires.

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Valve stems are the weakest area of the tube. How much PSI do you use? Check to see if there is a sharp edge inside the rim.

Every time the wheel goes around it can move causing it to fatigue in time. Under inflated is the worst.

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3d flat of the year. While injecting air the valve stem went flying. This is getting expensive.

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2nd flat tire of the year. Different wheel this time.

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You need to be self-sufficient in your basic repairs. It saves a lot of money and keeps you going on the road when others are calling for help. Good luck, good thinking.

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Taking a bike maintenance class is actually one of my 2012 goals. I'd rather do it myself then pay someone to check things over :).

My bike is a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike, so I might be more in the clear.

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Often your LBS and / or bike club will run a bike repair workshop...well worth the effort to attend!

If your bike is a mountain bike with wider tires and Schrader valve you won't have as much grief as those of us with skinny road / touring bikes and Presta valves have.

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I can tell by the posts I am still a real newbie at this stuff. I've only been riding about a year, but (jinx myself) I have never had a flat. Which is good because I don't yet know what I would do if I got one.

Something to think about....

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Don, Thanks Dude!

Respect the Rubber! It's what keeps you upright. Cleaning and inspecting your tires is like flossing your teeth. We brush but the dentist knows if we floss.

Respect your Chain too! Keep it all clean and it's happy.

Contamination is the #1 problem we face. Tires, chain, gears, brakes, bearings, etc. Keep it clean.

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Just fixed 2 flats. I hadn't ridden my beater bike since the beginning of winter but decided to put it on my trainer. Both tubes had a leak on the seam by the stem. Hadn't had a flat on that bike in years so the tubes simply wore out. I should have picked up some more tubes last time time I was at my LBS as now I'm out.

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Good info & review BARRONVC, thx for sharing!

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Flats! Respect the rubber, be mindful, and do your daily inspection and inflation.

There are times you can get streaks of flats, right after a hard rain is prime time. It can piss you off, cause you to lose confidences, spending time at the LBS asking why, even stressing over it. I have a lawyer friend that is a powerful rider, top competitor in Tri's, she is great in the courtroom but flats can cause her to buy a new wheel set just for confidences. It's a mystery to her and can stress her to the point that she is afraid to ride at times.

If you get a flat?
Have a marker or chalk.
Carefully remove the tire but keep the orientation so you can determine where the flat is. I usually don't use tire levers, just my hands, I have a set in my bag.
Use the valve stem as a reference and mark the tire, tube, and rim.
Find the hole.
Figure out what happened, a pinch from the rim (often from low pressure or obstruction in road) sharp edge inside rim or spoke poking past rim strip, pinch from improper mounting, glass or puncture. Or did the stem fail!

If you know where the hole in the tube is you can orientate it to the tire and rim, carefully inspect this area. Check inside the tire for glass or something sharp, inspect the outside for pieces of glass, use a penny and use the edge to scrape the glass out, a credit card will work but save that for the LBS if you need a tire or tube.

I won't go over changing the tire there are plenty of links on the net. Be careful not to pinch the tube and seat the tire.

Daily! As soon as I finish a ride I clean and inspect my tires. I ride pretty good tires with some flat barrier. I use a paper towel with some mild soap or mild window cleaner. I clean the tire rim and brake shoes to get an debris out. Then I inspect the tire for glass or stuff lightly stick in the rubber. I carefully pick the pieces out and look for the wear. If you get glass in the tire it's the time that will eventually cause the glass to go further into the tire. If I go over a patch of glass I lightly run my glove over the tire and that will brush off any lose pieces of glass.

Inflate every time you ride. I ride 23 or 25's. If they read 110 max I'll do 105psi. If they read 125-130 max, I'll do 110 to 115. Remember there is a pressure drop in the hose so if your gauge reads 125 it will be a little less in the tire.

Tubes will breakdown at the stem so they may need to be replaced more often if you run higher pressures. I usually use baby powder when mounting tubes and tires. I keep my spare tubes in a plastic bag and baby powder.

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I hear you...I think the right tires / inflation can make a big, big difference!

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Flat is 4 letter word! I went through a streak of 6 flats last October and November. New tires solved that issue. . ..

I am now 1 plus month flat free and hope to make it 6 months or longer!

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I don't EVEN want to jinx myself by saying anything here. Especially since it's Friday the 13th!!

I'm riding my Spinner inside today just to be safe....it rained yesterday all day and overnight, now snow flurries and the temps are quickly dropping to below freezing now....so it's going to be an ice rink out there. Plus winds are 20+mph, with gusts to 40. My husband usually thinks I'm a nut for riding in winter, but I will draw the line! LOL

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While on my ride today I came along a cyclist who had a flat we chatted while he fixed it (which did not take long).

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”-Lance Armstrong

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Oh yeah! #1 Job perk! :-)

I have an nice indoor hallway where I can store my bike when I commute. Although there is an outdoor bike rack it just doesn't seem like a great idea to leave an $1100 bike 8 hours a day.

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LADYGWEN25 Nice post.

Start a new threat on: cycle commuting to work.

For storage they make locking containers for bikes. The storage room is good. Often bikes are considered a fire hazard in the work place. Good luck on the job and keep doing more thinking on this commuting thing as well as how to store a bike at work.



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1/12/12 1:38 P

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i plan to switch to the armidillo's once the season gets warm enoght to ride on the road..course in our area.. i.'m still riding on the road for short rides.

oh and i had a job interview last week.. #1 question i asked my interviewer.. is where the bike racks were for cycle commuting to work..she didn't recommend them.. however they have a storage room that her and 1 other girl use to store their bikes during cycle commute season.. i so hope i get THIS JOB!

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1/12/12 1:10 P

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I'll bet! I frequent MI as my parents and hometown is there and I imagine they're of a similarly hungry strain as WI...lol!

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Bill, change your screen name to FIRST BLOOD.

Don, come to Wi and I'll teach you to change a flat in a mosquito infested area in under 3 min. You really get fast with the help of those little hungry critters.

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Ugh...my very, very weak point: changing flats! For this reason I swear by my Armadillo's...although that's not the specific brand, forget that...but I think I only had one or two flats last year after switching to them! I also think it paid to be very vigilant to keep the tire pressure up.

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Bummer, you win!

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Bill you win! First blood.

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Okay, let us see which of us will have the most flat tires in 2012. I'll start it off with declaring 1 flat tire as of this morning's ride.

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