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  • #12927
    Avatar of jtrimom
    jtrimom
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    Let me start by saying it was a beautiful day and I wasn’t in a rush, so it could’ve been worse…but…I am CURSED!!!!
    Today I had the 3rd flat in 6 rides. Not even really long rides. Luckily I was close to a bike shop b/c I almost had a Normann Stadler moment. I stomped in there (as well as I could with bike shoes on) and asked them to PLEASE tell me what was wrong with my rear tire. So, they took it off, found the hole in the tube, looked in the tire and on the rim, nada!! Just bad luck. WAAAA!
    Okay, rant over. Now if anyone wants to give advice, commiserrate or call me a big baby, have at it.

    #124594
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    Trijeff4fam
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    I feel your pain, while riding to work last summer, 24 miles one way, I double flatted not once but twice in one week. Doesn’t start the day off good, and my wife really didn’t like having to get the kids up and in the car to come get me either.

    #124598
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    gshuldes
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    I had a similar episode on my commuter last fall. I was a LBS mechanic for many years … so I know what I am doing when it comes to fixing flats. This problem turned out to be a very small thorn that was lodged in the tire. I would fix it and then flat again after about 3 days. It couldn’t be felt at all from the inside of the tire … I only found it after very closely inspecting the outside of the tire and checking out every little nick in the tread.

    All that being said, your problem could very well turn out to just be bad luck.

    #124599
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    triath02
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    I had a similar situation a few years ago. I had a flat during a triathlon, replaced the tube and finished the race. A few days later, I was inflating my tires to get ready for a training ride and the tube blew again. I gave it a closer inspection this time and noticed that the rim tape had worked loose in one spot just enough to expose the edge of a spoke hole.

    #124602
    Avatar of beads1985
    beads1985
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    Before your next ride wrap your self in old tire tubes and old tires and do the “No Flat dance” to appease the bike and tire gods.

    Then you should be okay.

    Or you could inspect your tires, rims, and tubes as the heathen non-believers suggested.

    Good luck!! ;-)

    #124611
    Avatar of jnrice
    jnrice
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    get heavier tires to train on. I like the specialized armadillos. I’ve toured 2000 miles with no flats on them (a personal record for me!) …. and do a “No Flat Dance”….

    #124613
    Avatar of beads1985
    beads1985
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    jnrice wrote:
    get heavier tires to train on. I like the specialized armadillos. I’ve toured 2000 miles with no flats on them (a personal record for me!) …. and do a “No Flat Dance”….

    It is either the “No Flat Dance” before or the “I am so pissed I have a Flat” dance when you are on the road ;-)

    #124615
    Avatar of jtrimom
    jtrimom
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    beads1985 wrote:
    jnrice wrote:
    get heavier tires to train on. I like the specialized armadillos. I’ve toured 2000 miles with no flats on them (a personal record for me!) …. and do a “No Flat Dance”….

    It is either the “No Flat Dance” before or the “I am so pissed I have a Flat” dance when you are on the road ;-)

    I did the pissy dance…and I am sure the drivers along the road had a good laugh

    #124620
    Avatar of CadenceGuy
    CadenceGuy
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    I was a sprint race this summer and flew threw the swim, took T1 as a prisioner and after two hundred feet onto the bike course heard pssssssssssssssss. $#!@&*%$#! Game over =(

    #124623
    Avatar of Ironmom
    Ironmom
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    Bummer! Flat tires are so not fun.

    Three things that I think help prevent flats:

    1) Ride with good training tires. Armadillos rock

    2) This takes practice!: Wear leather-palmed biking gloves. Any time you ride through anything suspicious – broken glass, thornbush, metal shards, etc. reach forward and cup your hand around the tire as you’re riding. As the tire spins through your glove, you’ll pick off any glass, etc. that isn’t yet embedded in your tires. If you really practice, you can reach behind you and do the rear tire as well. If you don’t want to do this, just stop and spin your wheels through your gloves on the side of the road.

    3) When at home, check your tires regularly for any slits, or embedded materials. Any time you change a tire, run your hands around the inside of the tire and the rim to make sure nothing is going to cause a problem.

    I’ve only had one flat on my road bike in 9 years, so I swear by these techniques. I ride a lot of back roads with broken glass, etc. I wear gloves in most Oly distance and above races, just for this reason. I’ve run through glass in a race and not flatted.

    #124625
    Avatar of jtrimom
    jtrimom
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    Ironmom, I am just not that talented, seriously. I would probably fall right over if I tried that cool trick. I just don’t have the bike handling skills yet to even attempt that. I will look into the armadillo tires though. I asked the bike shop if they think I need a heavier duty tire, they said what I have is supposed to be real good. Continental something or another. If I get another flat soon (please NO!) I will feel the rims myself to make sure…I hate feeling an impending doom feeling when I want to go and ride :(

    #124626
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    Ironmom
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    Yeah, it’s no fun to worry about having to change a tire every other ride. I agree if you flat again I’d really give the rims and tires a thorough going over. It’s not above a bike shop to miss something every now and then, and that sounds like an awful lot of flats.

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed for your next ride!

    #124628
    Avatar of burnman
    burnman
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    triath02 wrote:
    I was inflating my tires to get ready for a training ride and the tube blew again. I gave it a closer inspection this time and noticed that the rim tape had worked loose in one spot just enough to expose the edge of a spoke hole.

    I had this same exact problem. The LBS taped my rims when they were building my ride, and they left a hair’s width exposed on one of the spoke cavities (poor tape job to have it that far over to begin with). After blowing 4 tubes in the span of 2 months, I finally gave the microscopic inspection. I noticed that the tape was slightly depressed (like a dimple) in that one particular cavity – and it was probably much worse when the tube was inflated. I re-taped it, and haven’t had a mystery flat on that rim in nearly 2 years.

    #124631
    Avatar of tri-ac
    tri-ac
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    Ironmom wrote:
    2) This takes practice!: Wear leather-palmed biking gloves. Any time you ride through anything suspicious – broken glass, thornbush, metal shards, etc. reach forward and cup your hand around the tire as you’re riding. As the tire spins through your glove, you’ll pick off any glass, etc. that isn’t yet embedded in your tires. If you really practice, you can reach behind you and do the rear tire as well.

    Kids, don’t try that at home…

    Ironmom wrote:
    If you don’t want to do this, just stop and spin your wheels through your gloves on the side of the road.

    3) When at home, check your tires regularly for any slits, or embedded materials. Any time you change a tire, run your hands around the inside of the tire and the rim to make sure nothing is going to cause a problem.

    …much more recommendable…!

    #124632
    Avatar of Elise
    Elise
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    I got my first flat during my first triathlon. I hadn’t gotten a flat on any rides before my race. I got my second flat on the morning of my second triathlon, while pumping up tire before race start. Used a band-aid to correct problem because there was a sharp piece of metal on the inside of the rim. Now, I am super paranoid about getting a flat during my races. Even after upgrading to a new bike!

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