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    Flat Tire: How Many Have You Had So Far This Year???

    I just got my first one today (OF THE YEAR!). I rode through some broken car glass and wasn't too worried about it since it was tempored glass. But... as I started my climb, I felt my front end become balloony. Sure enough, there was a pointy piece buried in my tire. I pulled it out and heard the hiss.

    Pulled off the trail, realized that I didn't have a tire lever with me. No problem. I'm not sure that those things are even necessary. Pulled the tube out, located the leak, patched it, remounted the tube, then the tire, then fast filled it with CO2. Back on the trail...

    In case you are wondering why I have not gone "tubeless", it's because I only get one or two flats a year. I'm lucky...and I'm "old school"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    I just got my first one today (OF THE YEAR!). I rode through some broken car glass and wasn't too worried about it since it was tempored glass. But... as I started my climb, I felt my front end become balloony. Sure enough, there was a pointy piece buried in my tire. I pulled it out and heard the hiss.

    Pulled off the trail, realized that I didn't have a tire lever with me. No problem. I'm not sure that those things are even necessary. Pulled the tube out, located the leak, patched it, remounted the tube, then the tire, then fast filled it with CO2. Back on the trail...

    In case you are wondering why I have not gone "tubeless", it's because I only get one or two flats a year. I'm lucky...and I'm "old school"...
    Has been a flat heavy year for me.

    Three so far. The first about a month ago. Then two on one ride a few weeks back, on a trail I have never flatted on in 20 years of riding it.

    An I only count tires that deflate during a ride as a flat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    Has been a flat heavy year for me.

    Three so far. The first about a month ago. Then two on one ride a few weeks back, on a trail I have never flatted on in 20 years of riding it.

    An I only count tires that deflate during a ride as a flat.
    Same scenario here...Three in a fairly short period of time recently. Seriously considering converting to tubeless with my downtime this winter.

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    When I got back in to riding about three years ago. I had four flats in the first month, all from goat head thorns. There's a whole bunch where I live. On one twenty mile ride, my front tire went flat. I used the only spare tube I had at the time. Then about 45 minutes later, I decided to take a breather. And saw two thorns on the rear tire. I foolishly pulled them out, and the tire went flat in minutes. The tire probably would have lasted longer if I would have left the thorns in.

    So long story short...It was a long walk back. And after that I converted to tubeless with Stans sealant and have never looked back. In my case, tubes were too much a hassle and flats too often.

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    3 so far , all within the past 2 weeks.

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    For those frustrated with flats, take a look at the "Best Tubeless Brew" Thread right here on the 29'r forum.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/29er-bikes/be...-new-post.html

    Lots of good info and it worked for me... 2 pinch flats in one ride with tires at 35 psi convinced me. Now I ride at 25 front and 28 on the back with no issues!

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    ZERO! (knock on wood) I haven't had a flat in about 16 months, pretty lucky i guess. I run tubes, around 30psi, and no troubles. I think the spare tube in my saddle bag might start rotting soon.

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    None at all in two years. I'm Tubeless.

    (of course that now means that I'll flat tomorrow!)

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    4 or 5. Slit sidewall, burps, and a torn off lug.
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    None on the the mt bike(tubeless) too many on the road ,three on one ride.

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    In three years tubeless no complete flats (knock, knock), one small slow leak on the trail once because I let the stans dry out for after 10 months, thought about putting a tube in to finish the ride, but was still able to make the whole ride using my hand pump occasionally.

    Before tubeless I would flat 2-3 times per month with all the thorns around here. Now,when it's time to change my tires I cannot even count all the thorns I see on the inside casing with small spots of dried stans that plugged them all up. Oddly enough I'm that guy now that always has spare tubes... it seems like at least every weekend or so I'm giving out one of my spares to a stranded tubed rider, I used to be on the receiving end of that so I try to help out.

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    One pinchy so far for me.

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    One... picked up a roofing nail riding out of my cul-de-sac on the way to the TH. When I pulled it out, the hole was so big that no amount of sealant was going to plug it up...

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    When I bought my latest bike a year ago, I had two flats in the first month from the usual thorns and stuff where I ride. Went tubeless, like my old bike, and haven't had one since. Have pulled many thorns and even had a quarter inch slit that sealed up. I know it's a personal thing, but I'll never change from tubeless on my rides.
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    None at all since going tubeless a year ago. Before that, many from cactus and sharp rocks, and a pinch flat all too often...

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    One on the trail and I'm still running tubes. The PITA about that one was that I'd stopped for a break, got back on the bike, and the tire was flat. All that time spent standing around was at least doubled by the time I changed the tube and got rolling again.
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    It has a been a terrible year with all the snow we had left in early spring forcing me to ride at lower elevations where the stickers are located. I would probably say 12 - 24 flats this year.

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    I've fixed many on the road. This year 3 on the trail/ 2 this week. Usually they go flat overnight, which amount to many.
    There would no way I could change a tire on a Flow rim w/out tools. The fat front, maybe.

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    More than I care to remember.

    It's so hot and dry in Texas. There is not enough Stan's in the world to keep me from flatting, it seems. I am beginning to carry it in my pack.

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    None. I run tubless (UST tire, standard rim, Slime for tubeless tires). There are probably 2-3 mesquite thorns in each of my tires right now. I just leave them and keep on riding. By far the best bang for the buck upgrade on my bike.

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    Two

    First just as I was leaving work, which I patched because I left my spare tube at home, changed the tube out a few days later.

    The other in the woods, not sure why, but had the extra tube and changed out, no bug spray on, got eaten alive by insects.

    No plan to change to tubeless...have not wrapped my mind around it yet.

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    I hate to say it, but 0 for me running tubeless. Going to Downieville tomorrow though, so I need to go find some wood really quick (knock, knock)
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    always seems like you get 2-3 flats within a short period of time. I hadn't gotten a flat for months then all of a sudden i got 3 flats in a period of 2 weeks. Haven't had any since this season *crossing my fingers* i dont get anymore.

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    I've been pretty lucky....no flats on the mountain bike this year or last (knock on wood) and I think only one the year before that. The 'cross / commuter picked up a little bit of glass through the slicks a couple months ago, but that's it's only one in the last couple years too.

    I just cringe...I know that the time will come where I'll get double flats on both bikes within a week or something dumb like that.
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    Only once this year... Pinch flat on the front tire.

    I was coming down a fast DH section to the TH and didn't even notice the tire was completely flat for about a mile! Pulled into the lot and went to turn and heard the rim on the pavement...

    My last flat was over two years ago... I run Slime Lite tubes at 35psi.
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    I've had one...since August 1999

    I've only had one real flat (that I couldn't just pump back up and finish the ride) since August 8th of 1999...and that one was becauseI had tried a second rate tube, and tore the valve stem off while adding air with a mini pump.

    My set-up?

    Maxxis DH Tires 2.5" - 2.7" or Bontrager Big Earl tires 2.5" - 2.8"
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    28mm or wider rims (Currently Sun Singletrack)

    With this combination, I typically run 17 - 21 PSI in front and 24 -29 PSI in the rear, and have had such good results, that I haven't carried a spare tube since Fall of 2001.

    I live in Sedona; rocky and cactus infested desert, make several trips each year to Zion and Boulder City, both of which are known for eating tires and tubes.

    BTW, I am 205 lbs, and not exactly what you would call a mellow rider.

    When someone can show me a system or combination of elements that has a better track record, I will give it a try, but so far pretty much everybody that I know of riding with a different set-up still wastes time on the trail fixxing flats, and therefore has to carry a spare tube...
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    one.

    I had newly set up my tires as tubeless and set the pressure a bit low. hit a really square bump and the edge pinched the tire against the rim. Tire casing right at the bead got a sizeable hole, with a smaller pinhole in the tread. Instant deflation.

    I replaced that tire with an identical one in UST variety for the thicker sidewalls, kept my pressure about the same, and haven't had a problem since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaHag View Post
    Same scenario here...Three in a fairly short period of time recently. Seriously considering converting to tubeless with my downtime this winter.
    Tubeless would not have made a difference in any of these three flats.
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    One flat about 16 months ago....a tear from live rock...sealant had all dried up....

    Buddy flatted his front and aas he was fixing the rear also went flat...

    Lent him my spare tube sucker has to be three plus years old.

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    My cross bike flats all the time, but I often ride it like a mountain bike and it is not tubeless. At least 5 flats this year.

    All my other bikes are tubeless, road bike included, and I haven't flatted on any of them since I made the transition (ranging from 1 year to 2+ years). Tubeless is for rilla.
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    NONE ... since I switched to tubeless (RoRo EVO 2.25, 30/32 psi Fr/R) ... as opposed to 4 last year (all pinch-flat), running with tubes (Maxxis flyweight tubes, RoRo 2.1) !!

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    Terrible luck this year! At least 8 I can think of and only two were pinch flats. Three happened right after road rides, right after I got to my car and just before putting my bike on my rack.... strange...

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    I got about 10 last summer, but then went tubeless over the winter. I just got my first one of this season this week- a small tear from a branch. However, it has been about 8 months since I added Stan's juice, so most of it was balled up.

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    I haven't had a flat in 4 years. Went to tubeless this year, but was running cheap tubes for the previous. Not many thorns around here but I can't believe I went 3 years without getting a pinch flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowpunk View Post
    Terrible luck this year! At least 8 I can think of and only two were pinch flats. Three happened right after road rides, right after I got to my car and just before putting my bike on my rack.... strange...
    I got a flat several years ago when I was riding a loop that had a FS road descent to my car. This particular FS road had been recently graveled/graded and I got a serious head of steam in the last mile or so headed back to my car. Got to the car, leaned the bike against the berm on the side of the road, and took my helmet and pack off. When I turned to the bike to put it on the rack, I discovered my rear tire was flat. It was inflated when I was riding. Strangest thing.

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    rode on tubes for 4 years with zero flats. switched to tubeless 6 months ago and already 2 flats.

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    Flats haven't affected me, but component damage is my bane. Freakin expensive. I've ruined a chain, a near-new crankset, a derailleur, and a rear wheel in the past 12 months. I'd trade that for a dozen flats in a heartbeat.

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    None for 9 months, then one Monday big nail then a pinch flat Tuesday. I guess they just catch up to you.

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    Southern Arizona is hell for tubes, I had a lot of flats. I think almost everybody around here runs tubeless and I can see why, 1-2 flats almost every ride for me then I went tubeless and now I don't even carry a spare tube anymore.
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    My new riding partner is a jinx for me. On our second ride he asked how often I get flats (he's a recent roadie convert) and I was like oh 2-3 a year. Well in the 3 months we've been riding together I have had 5!
    3 pinch flats, one thorn and ripped the side wall out of my actual tire (that's a first for me) and had to get a new one.
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    Two here but they were both on the skinny tired road bike. Knock on wood nothing on the mtn bike yet.

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    Zero so far in two years. Knock wood.

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    Zero, I remember getting one as a kid and bought tuffy liners. No more flats but even on my new bike without them none yet. Should swap them.
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    Zero flats for 2 years. Specialized Clutch 2.3s running tubed around 25psi. It's not easy to **** up these tires. I tend to pop at least one chain every season, though.

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    Total 6. Four in a short time about a month ago (was running too low pressure, my pump guage was off 20psi, so running about 25 psi, cushy ride but slow). None since getting a new pump until last week, two at the same time in a thorn field. 3 holes in one tube, 5 in the other.

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    I had a 2 year flat free streak that ended early this year. This one section of trail left my group of 5 with 6 flats, 2 of them on my bike. I went tubeless and haven't had an issue since.

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    One, in the beginning of the season. Pure hell. My CO2 pump gave out and made things waaaaayyyyy more difficult than they had to be.
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    Six flats between five bikes ridden this year. Most recent was this morning 5 miles into my ride. Price Point often has tubes 5 for $10 or 10 for $20
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    None, using WTB Timberwolfs. I've never punctured these things. I'd be interested to hear of anyone who has. Theres a reason they're so heavy: they're invincible!

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    From january to april, it was flat fest for me, almost one every ride, then I putted slime in my tubes, no flats since, then New bike arrived, went out to test it, got a thorn just before a rock garden, got 2 snake bikes plus the thorn to repair, no spare tube just park tool patches.

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    got a flat the other day with no spare or tools with me. it was a long walk back. and now i have fixed my rear tube but i may have messed something up in the process because my bike shifts very hard now and ive tried lubing the chain.

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    Terrible year for me this year - six so far.

    Commuting - Nail in tire, tiny shard of glass, valve stem ripped out x2.
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    I've had three this year. All three came early in the year. I had one thorn and two pinch flats. I had forgotten my ideal tire pressure over the winter. The number I thought I was running was apparently too low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    I just got my first one today (OF THE YEAR!). I rode through some broken car glass and wasn't too worried about it since it was tempored glass. But... as I started my climb, I felt my front end become balloony. Sure enough, there was a pointy piece buried in my tire. I pulled it out and heard the hiss.

    Pulled off the trail, realized that I didn't have a tire lever with me. No problem. I'm not sure that those things are even necessary. Pulled the tube out, located the leak, patched it, remounted the tube, then the tire, then fast filled it with CO2. Back on the trail...

    In case you are wondering why I have not gone "tubeless", it's because I only get one or two flats a year. I'm lucky...and I'm "old school"...
    Three flats in the past year or so, all pinch flats in the rear

    I run light tubes, ~23 psi from, ~30 psi rear.
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    I can proudly say, 'none so far" Hope I don't jinx my run...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ranier View Post
    I can proudly say, 'none so far" Hope I don't jinx my run...
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    none since I've gone tubeless ( about a year and a half)

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    4 I think, with one double-trouble when I managed to get both front and back tire punctured in the same ride.
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    3 w/ tubes. Zero since tubeless.

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    Tubeless zero and hammering.

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    zero flats in two years. Of course I just jinked my self by replying to your question...

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