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Tubular Users: How do you deal with multiple flats?(8 posts)

Tubular Users: How do you deal with multiple flats?purplepaul
Apr 23, 2003 9:09 AM
Carry two tires? A repair kit? Resort to hole-plugging liquids? Walk?


Apr 23, 2003 9:28 AM
1. use clinchers
2. carry 1 or 2 spares (heavy)
3. crew vehicle
4. sealants
5. repair kit, if tires can be repaired (not Tufos)
6. cell phone
7. coins for pay phone
8. walk

I've done all of the above.

sealant and sparesclimbo
Apr 23, 2003 10:06 AM
I've been riding them for 2 years and have never had 2 flats in one ride either. Sealant will take care of a small hole anyway so use it and ride happy. If you're worried, one spare in the jersey, one in the seat bag or strapped under the seat, use cheap ones for that.
re: Tubular Users: How do you deal with multiple flats?mackgoo
Apr 23, 2003 9:31 AM
First in the 10 years I've used em, 6 or 7 years in the 70's and then the last few years since I went back I never experienced this. In the event it happened I would say "Darn" and thumb home. with the bike of course, looking for the kind pick up driver.
re: Tubular Users: How do you deal with multiple flats?flying
Apr 23, 2003 9:40 AM
In over 13 years of riding I have not had this happen.
But also my tubulars average 2000 miles.I did flat a new one in 40 miles once years ago but just that once ;-) So I guess I live in a pretty good area although every weekend I ride through some glass before I notice. Then I use my gloved hand to brush the tire quickly while riding. I have no proof this helps but at times I do feel chunks clip off my glove so maybe??
I average 5000 miles a year. If you really think or have experieneced a lot of double flats perhaps clinchers would be better for you?
Also in this age of communications I always carry a small cell phone anyway. I ride 50-70 miles alone often.
re: Tubular Users: How do you deal with multiple flats?JimP
Apr 23, 2003 10:00 AM
Doug has covered the possibilities quite well. I do carry 2 spares and a cell phone. I guess the 2 spares is like carrying the umbrella, you do it so you wont need it. I did have an occasion where one spare blew out when I started to ride and had to ride the sag wagon back. The cell phone is really more for catastrophic disasters - thunder storms or broken wheels.
Apr 23, 2003 10:50 AM
Short rides: carry 1 spare, and quarters for payphones.
Long rides: carry 2 spares (tied up in plastic bag-very easy to pack) and quarters.
Really long rides: ride the touring bike (it has clinchers).

In the past (pre-Tufo days), I used to carry 1 spare and a tubular repair kit. Once I had 2 flats, and spent 35 minutes in the hot sun fixing the second flat.
Thanks for the replies. nmpurplepaul
Apr 23, 2003 3:39 PM