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Old 01-02-2013, 12:35 PM   #2581
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Change the liner.
Couple summers ago I had six flats.
I was only removing the tire half off to pull the tube, so I wasn't seeing the 'popped' liner causing punctures on top of the tube.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:47 PM   #2582
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Change the liner.
Couple summers ago I had six flats.
I was only removing the tire half off to pull the tube, so I wasn't seeing the 'popped' liner causing punctures on top of the tube.
"Liner"? Do you mean rim strips?
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Old 01-02-2013, 01:39 PM   #2583
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Cobain, as Apple jam said, try again. Also I would get onto the practice of doing it yourself so when it happens on the trail you're ready. Also stay on practice with THE tools you would use trail side. You may use long irons in the shop, but probably the shortys in the trail.

I probably changed 50 tires/ flats last year and there is definitely some technique to it. After a while it becomes pretty easy. Yes, heating up the tire helps. In all the tires I've changed/ fixt, I think I've only pinched one tube.

If you need any help, let me know, I'd be glad to teach you.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:05 PM   #2584
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"Liner"? Do you mean rim strips?
Could be different terminology meaning the same.
There's a chunk of rubber, like a big rubber band, that goes around the rim protecting the tube from the spokes.
They get dry, fail, & puncture over time, causing a puncture through the tube.
Could be replaced every other tire or so, cost $3-5 per.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:15 PM   #2585
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Yep...they are referred to as rim strips.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:33 PM   #2586
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How are some of you popping so many tubes?
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:38 PM   #2587
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How are some of you popping so many tubes?
I was wondering the same thing. I have had two flats in 12 years on my XR.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:40 PM   #2588
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Apparently they ride over nails while passing through new home construction sites on their way out to the trails. I've never heard of popping 20-50 tires per year (especially here with our 6 month riding season!)

In all seriousness though...R U guys riding with too low of air pressure? I know lot's of guys like to air down for off road traction. Downside is then your risk of pinch flats goes way up.

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Old 01-02-2013, 05:06 PM   #2589
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Rick I see you stopped at David's house. Did you talk him into going for a ride ??
You're right Bob, that was David's house. He couldn't ride because his bike in many pieces right now.

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Old 01-02-2013, 07:05 PM   #2590
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Thanks everyone for your advice, appreciate it.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:20 AM   #2591
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I don't get many flats. Seems like some of the guys I ride with do. Haha. I'm usually the one who has the tools on me and the experience, hence forth, I *get* to fix their tubes.

I ride a lot so go through tires frequently. I typically flip the rotation of my rear tires to get more life outta them. I also put new tires on for friends.

If you are frequently getting flats, review your line choosing skills. One can be fast as hell but still not abuse the tubes.

I run heavy-duty tubes, and my buddy Dylan runs the Extra HD tubes. Not many flat problems.

Also if your tire has been damaged, there can be bits from the tire sticking into the tube. Both Loud Al and another friend of mine had that. The other friend had two flats per ride in two consecutive rides until he fingered it out.

Rim strips are $2 at CdA Honda.
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:21 AM   #2592
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Apple Jam rides a big bike so I think it's just harder on equipment. Plus I hear he rides it like a little bike
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:48 AM   #2593
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Only flat I have ever gotten was from a razor blade my rear tire picked up, one must always be warry of the gutter when being a hooligan downtown, all sorts of things collect next to the curb.
Thankfully the motard is so light I rode it 2 miles on a flat and vnp514 was nice enough to trailer it to my house
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:23 AM   #2594
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I typically flip the rotation of my rear tires to get more life outta them.

Not a bad idea...Think I found a new year's resolution..
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:12 PM   #2595
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I heard the mx guys just use electrical tape for a rimstrip, seems adequate if not better, and cheaper.
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