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Poll: Tires and Flats...(27 posts)

Poll: Tires and Flats...slow4now
Jan 7, 2004 11:41 AM
I have seen a lot of discussions about flats repairs and CO2 vs pumps etc...What I am curious about is in the last 6 months how many miles have you ridden, how many flats have you had, and what tires do you use?
4 fl@ts last year...biknben
Jan 7, 2004 11:53 AM
Almost 8,000 miles last year.
-2 Conti Gatorskins
-2 Panaracer T-Serv
re: Poll: Tires and Flats...My Dog Wally
Jan 7, 2004 11:58 AM
I rode about 2,000 miles on a set of new Michelin Pro Races, and in that time I got about seven puncture flats (not related to air pressure). They're great tires, but I'm a little tired of fixing flats. Think I'll switch to GatorSkins.
3 flats in 2 rides ...HouseMoney
Jan 7, 2004 12:14 PM
~ 1200 miles last year. Michelin Axial Carbons.

Hit a puddle ... er, pothole ... last winter & flatted both the front & rear. In the summer hit a section of rocks that were strewn across the shoulder (no warning from the riders in front of me)- flatted the front.
Dammit !!!HouseMoney
Jan 7, 2004 7:03 PM
Not a bike tire, but I had a left rear tire blow-out doing about 75-80 mph on the highway coming home from work tonite. 20° out, only light was provided by the full moon and the headlights of any oncoming traffic zipping by me only feet away as I was on the right shoulder. (last night it was snowing so it could've been worse) Talk about your jinxes! No more questions about flats!!!
re: Poll: Tires and Flats...koala
Jan 7, 2004 12:32 PM
2700 miles, 1 flat on Axial Carbons. Used to be Id flat 5 times a year. These Michelins are all cut up but dont flat.
re: Poll: Tires and Flats...FTMD
Jan 7, 2004 12:46 PM
Axial Carbons rule. About 5000 miles on them (not the same set) and have had one flat. And that was a huge carpenter nail that went through the tire and rim, nailing the tire to the wheel. I had to use the business end of a claw hammer to get the sucker out.

I'll use these tires till they are discontinued.
re: Poll: Tires and Flats...rogue_CT1
Jan 7, 2004 12:47 PM
6,000+ miles on:

Michelin Axial carbons
Continental Attack/Force combo

Zero flats for the year! The secret- Slime liners. They work so well that I put them on my trail bike which is essentially a Scapin lugged steel frame with 700c Mavic CXP-22 wheels and 25mm Vitoria TT Technos tires (cheap). I ride this bike on a gravel trail every night along the Missouri River for 30-40 miles. I have never had a flat with that bike either while using the Slime liners.
No flats for at least 3 yrs, 9000 milesContinental
Jan 7, 2004 12:54 PM
Various tires, all with kevlar belt, 28 mm or 30 mm, 90-95 psig. I started road bike riding in 1974 and have only had a few flats, maybe 10. I don't think it's luck; it's lower and accurate tire pressure, wider, heavier tires, keen eyes, and a pre-ride inspection.
2,000 miles on GP3000 (junk), 500 miles on Pro Race, zero flats (more)Fez
Jan 8, 2004 3:40 PM
Although I replaced the Continental Grand Prix 3000 tires very early. There was more than 50% tread remaining on the rear and almost 100% remaining on the front. The sidewalls were very chewed up and looked terrible. The rubber tread had a fair amount of cuts. Some people would continue to ride these tires in that condition, but I replaced them anyway and swore I would never buy them again.

The Pro Race sidewall and tread holds up much better.
2500miles,Conti GP 4Season,zero flats.(nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 7, 2004 1:36 PM
4700miles,Conti GP 4Season, ONE flat.(nm)AFrizzledFry
Jan 7, 2004 2:36 PM
total milage on the tires, not the last 6 months, sorry...nmAFrizzledFry
Jan 7, 2004 2:38 PM
re: Poll: Tires and Flats...innergel
Jan 7, 2004 1:59 PM
Conti GP3000 - 7 flats in four weeks - no flats for 2000+ miles before that, then I switched to

Vittoria Rubino Pro's - 2 flats within 1 hour in the first 200 miles - no problems in the last 600-700 miles
6555 miles, 11 flats, 2 tires. only 2 flats were "legit" thoughterry b
Jan 7, 2004 2:26 PM
9 of my flats were due to Goatheads, http://www.naturesongs.com/vvplants/puncturevine.html which are hard to include in the total since they are 1)pervasive, 2) pernicious and 3) largely unstoppable. Of the 11 I had, only 2 were due to genuine road debris - one cut that went through the tire and ruined it, and one roofing nail.

My Goathead data though is a bit skewed - I use self-sealing tubes and frankly, without them I would've had at least double the number I had.
I refuse to answer.................Len J
Jan 7, 2004 2:29 PM
on the grounds that it may draw the f*&$ gods attention.

You guys are crazy to even mention the f word.

Len
i'm wid u! (nm)velocity
Jan 7, 2004 3:10 PM
i'm wid u! 2 Forbiden word in my group !!!! (nm)noupi
Jan 7, 2004 3:56 PM
one per 1000 milesChen2
Jan 7, 2004 3:32 PM
I average one flat per 1000 miles. Ride mostly Michelin Axial Pro and Pro Race tires, ultra light tubes.
I use only CO2 on the road, floor pump at home or in truck.
If you analyze each flat until you know exactly what caused it you can learn to avoid most flats.
Unfortunately the frequency of flats is partially related to weight on bike. I weigh 165. My 105# wife has never had a flat on the road after 8 years ~1500 mi/year. (I'm sure she will now.)
~Al
re: Poll: Tires and Flats...kai-ming
Jan 7, 2004 4:00 PM
4000km in 6 months on a pair of axial pro with no flat, I keep my fingers cross.
2500 miles, no flats, Tufo S33 Specials.niteschaos
Jan 7, 2004 5:20 PM
that selant must work like a charm because I see where the selant came to the surface in a place or two, but no noticeable air loss on those rides.
3k miles, 1 fl@t, Tufo S33 special!Dave_Stohler
Jan 7, 2004 9:26 PM
Damn, and it was brand new, too! Wasted almost an entire tube of sealant trying to fix it. Never had one go so easily.
Now 50% of us are going to flat within 48 hours. Thanks! 8<) nmMike P
Jan 7, 2004 6:28 PM
I hate cold weather flatszooog
Jan 8, 2004 3:40 AM
Damn....15 degrees and had to fix one the other day...too damn cold for this.
lots of miles, 3 flats, Michelin Pro Race (nm)_rt_
Jan 8, 2004 6:03 AM
re: Poll: Tires and Flats...jrm
Jan 8, 2004 1:40 PM
flats: 4
800 to 1000 miles
Conti GP 3000's & Panaracer Tserv's
re: Poll: Tires and ....hdnoise
Jan 8, 2004 3:25 PM
3000 miles, 4 axial pros, two still on, 2 repairs on one b4 it wore down, the other worn down to the threads. One repair due to a failed quick patch on a 105degree day - use glued patches from now on. Cuts? Inflate, squish in shoe goo, and the second rock on that spot does not get through! Check tires after each ride. Silca full size frame pump, still going after 30! years! Light, reliable, and gives me 100#. Ride on!