One or two flats a YEAR? Kee-rist.dekindy said:...I get one to two flats per year using Continental 3000 then 4000. It is a rare event unless you live in an area with a lot of hazards or buy cheap tires and run them until they are so thin that just about anything will flat them.
If you hit it hard enough. But if you hit it that hard, you'll probably crash too. The key is to not hit potholes. If you don't ride in unfamiliar pacelines, that's usually pretty easy for an observant rider. It should be feasible to ride your entire life without ever hitting a pothole.BaileyHV said:Does the normal pot hole cause the wheels to bend?
i can beat that...Cory said:One or two flats a YEAR? Kee-rist.
There was a post here a couple of years ago by a rider from Louisiana who said he'd just had his first flat in four years of riding, and he wondered whether it was OK to patch the tube and if he'd need a new tire. I hate both of you.
Here in the land of big thorns, using good tires (Rivendell Ruffy Tuffys and Panaracer Pasela TGs), I average about a flat every 75-100 miles, two or so a week this time of year. I don't keep track anymore, but back when I was pathological about keeping records, I averaged a flat every THIRTY miles for the first half of a summer--there was a lot of construction in the area, with debris all over the roads, and we'd had a wet spring, so plenty of goatheads (our local goatheads go through Mr. Tuffy like he wasn't even there). I once had six on one 25-mile round-trip commute (a truck had dumped a load of tiny metal shards).
There's been a ton of stuff printed about flat avoidance, so I won't repeat it here. If you're getting pinch flats, though, you're not running enough pressure or your tires are too small for your weight. I weigh about 240, and since I switched to 700x35 tires a couple of years ago, I haven't had a single pinch.
Another common cause is a spoke protruding through the rim. If you note where you're getting punctures, you may pick up a pattern that will show you where the problem is, whether a spoke end, something stuck in the tire or whatever.
on how far from home you are at the time, and how much goodwill you've generated with the S.O. to come pick you up <g>Kleh said:I have a question to add to this. I see a lot of people recommending both a pair of tubes and a patch kit. Are all three necessary? I would think that at 3 flats you'd just give up and accept that nature is against you.
Cory, let me this time....cxwrench, I hate you too!cxwrench said:i can beat that...
riding mtb since '89...total flats in 20yrs...3 (last 5 or so years on stans tubeless, no flats)
riding road since '83ish...prob had 5 flats, and that includes 10+yrs of riding only tubulars
riding cx since '95...always on tubulars...2 flats
never flatted a track tire
Let me give you a real world example, yes this happened to me.Kleh said:I have a question to add to this. I see a lot of people recommending both a pair of tubes and a patch kit. Are all three necessary? I would think that at 3 flats you'd just give up and accept that nature is against you.