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So when do the gods of flat tires...(12 posts)

So when do the gods of flat tires...moneyman
Sep 8, 2003 12:29 PM
Stop demanding sacrifices? Four flats in six rides. Never the tire I just fixed either.

I have gone the entire year without a flat, up until last week. I don't know if there is an excessive amount of trash on the road, if I need new tires, or if it's the fact that I read a post on frequency of flats and thought to myself "I haven't had a flat all year."

$$ (out of CO2)
re: So when do the gods of flat tires...KSC
Sep 8, 2003 12:48 PM
Not that were asking for ideas... but my tire flat frequency spiked when my tires got worn down - put on new tires, no flats. Maybe you just have really bad luck, but that sounds excessive.
Shhhh! They're vengeful.Humma Hah
Sep 8, 2003 12:51 PM
Don't use the F word in vain like that.

I used to mention here that my 20-something-year-old thorn-resistant tubes had not suffered a f### in a decade. Then I picked up a roofing nail in the rear tire and spoiled the record. A few days later, I f####ed again, this time because the stress of filling the antique tube had caused the Schrader valve brass tip to debond from the rubber. So I replaced the tube with a new TR tube, put in a little Slime for good measure, and was rewarded with a piece of highway safety flare support wire in one side and out the other about a day later. Ripped the tube to ribbons, green goo all over the place, the Cycling Gods laughing their arses off.

Tread lightly, and give them respect!
you must never speak of the F word!!!!! (NM)ColnagoFE
Sep 8, 2003 1:04 PM
August and SeptemberSao
Sep 8, 2003 1:13 PM
These must be the two months when the almighy flat gods are the most agitated, because that is when I get all my flats. In fact, just flatted Saturday (after just flatting three weeks earlier - same tire).

At least they were kind to me and bequeathed the front flat at a stop sign. I had just completed a 40mph+ downhill segment too. Whew!
If you live in the SW U.S.Chen2
Sep 8, 2003 1:29 PM
The goathead season is late summer and fall. Keep your tires totally out of the grass at all times. The goatheads will get you.
re: NeverGFocker
Sep 8, 2003 2:36 PM
I got a nail that went all the way through my rim on Saturday. When I went to pump up the new tube, the valve broke in half. Not to mention that this occurred on the mile long stretch of freeway that I have to ride to get over a river (not a fun place to fix a flat or two). Had a long walk to a pay phone.
Flat, flat, flat, flat, flat!Mel Erickson
Sep 8, 2003 3:26 PM
Ha, ha, ha, now there I've done it! Bring it on, baby. I snear in your face. Have you got what it takes? I dare ya.
Voodoo hex! Get some chicken feet.shakyfish
Sep 8, 2003 5:22 PM
First...Twist the chicken feet onto you valve stems. Wave some goat bones over your ride before going out. Wear a ring of garlic and ride to the rim of the great volcano and cast the 4 tubes into the swirling mass of lava. Also, throw 1 virgin tube into the 'cano. This should clear the curse.

Let me know how this goes.

Just my advice.
didjya check the rim tape?JFR
Sep 9, 2003 11:27 AM
hey money, I recently had a plague of flats. Apparently my rim tape was a tad off center and (due to the high psi of road wheels and the tape getting pushed a little into the spoke holes) a tiny bit of two spoke holes were barely showing. I pulled and re-layed the tape and the flats stopped.

good luck
Yup - but that's not it...moneyman
Sep 9, 2003 12:13 PM
I know for a fact that it has been bits of glass that I have picked up, as I pulled them all from the tires. Careful inspection of the inside and outside of the tire - before inserting new tube - showed this. Little bitty pieces, little bitty holes. That's all it takes.

I think that I need new tires. These have been on all summer and are pretty worn out. Thanks for your help.

agree......I had the same problemSao
Sep 9, 2003 12:48 PM
I had the same problem with off-center rim tape (probably from me hacking away at the rim after three consecutive flats last year). Blew a tire in my living room.

Also, I recommend Velox rim tape. I think someone here recommended it. It's great stuff.