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  1. #1
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    Dec 2010

    Just started biking and could use some help

    I am in the military and just recently came on orders to El Paso, TX. Immediately after seeing the terrain I knew i wanted to start biking. So I ordered a 2010 Trek 3900 disc hardtail special edition to start out with. The first couple days of riding I rode over 45 miles and loved it! The only problem is I got 4 flats every 10 miles it seemed. I love to ride rough terrain but due to my job and family I usually just get to go out for an hour or so a day around my neighbor or as far as I can ride with my gps without getting too lost in the area. So I'm usually riding streets, sidewalks, and normal El Paso terrain(lots of thorns everywhere). I've tried having a bike shop seal my tires, tried belle self sealing tires, the green slime stuff and still can not ride without getting a flat every time I go riding. If someone can give me some pointers to help me find what I need to ride with very limited flats it would be great. I don't know if I need better tires, a specific tube or what so please hit me up. My rim is a 26"x2". I'm looking for the best even if it's kinda expensive because it is even more expensive changing tubes every ride. Thanks, Levi.

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    Jacob 34:19
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    Sep 2005
    Thank you for your service.

    We don't have too much of a thorn problem out here in Dallas but the number flats I dealt with was reduced to next to nothing after going tubeless. Take a look at the No Tubes site. Chances are they have tubeless conversion kit for your rims. And depending on what tires you're running, you might consider switching to a tubeless ready or UST tire with a bit more tread to help ward off those thorns as well. I ran Hutchison Pythons for a year after switching to a tubeless setup and don't recall getting a single flat.

    Good luck and enjoy some of that great food out there in El Paso while you're in town.

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    Apr 2004
    Going tubeless is really te only way to go here in El Paso. Once you get a chance to ride some of the trails around here you'll be glad you did.

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    May 2007
    go tubeless or get tire liners if you want to go cheaper, those slime tubes are a joke
    when you say "I've tried having a bike shop seal my tires" what do you mean, what did they actually do?

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    Jul 2010
    I mountain biked around El Paso for years before moving out to Arizona. Slime Tubes work just fine in El Paso - but you will need to ride the trails around the Franklins to avoid all the massive sticker patches.

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