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Old 10-12-2013, 11:43 AM   #16
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new tires are nail magnets, seems like I always have a plug in a tire before it has 500 miles on it
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:21 PM   #17
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Add the road surface to your scanning pattern as you ride. You won't catch everything, but doing that has helped me avoid hitting several nails over the years.
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:59 PM   #18
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I've gotten 3 flats in a four month period once. 1 or 2 were due to debris from some construction that was done on my house though.

Just had more done, though these guys did a sweep with a magnet. Still I oughtta go inspect my tires.
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:18 PM   #19
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I've gotten 3 flats in a four month period once. 1 or 2 were due to debris from some construction that was done on my house though.

Just had more done, though these guys did a sweep with a magnet. Still I oughtta go inspect my tires.
my work has me travelling to construction sites on a regular basis, I know that's where some come from, surprisingly, I haven't had a flat in 4 years (35k) since I've been on the darkside running a car tire on the back, and it's not a run flat, which I think is amazing since I used to get so many flats and now I have double the contact patch to grab them
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:32 PM   #20
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new tires are nail magnets, seems like I always have a plug in a tire before it has 500 miles on it
I concur,

I had to put 16 plugs in my current rear tubeless in the first 1500km.

The tire is now bald as hell and on 15000km with no further issues.
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Old 10-12-2013, 02:12 PM   #21
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Just found a shiny looking nail right on the way to/from my home bike parking. Hope that's all. Still gotta inspect the tires.
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Old 10-12-2013, 02:13 PM   #22
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I just don't put air in my tires, I no longer worry about flats.
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:17 PM   #23
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Old 10-12-2013, 04:04 PM   #24
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Most of the crap that ends up on the road is swept to the edges of the lane, but not all of it. Most of what's left ends up at intersections, so scanning the road surface will help to keep you from getting things stuck in your tires. Obviously you won't see small objects at highway speeds; but in town you will, and that's where most of the debris is. I've had less than a dozen tire punctures, spread over nearly 1.5 million miles of combined riding and driving., so I must be doing something right.

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Old 10-12-2013, 06:20 PM   #25
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I had four front flats in one day on the Shenandoah 500 ride a couple of years ago.

I went through enough CO2 to have raised global temperature a couple of degrees.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:00 AM   #26
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I've only had one flat in my entire 7 or 8ish years of riding and it wasn't even the tire or a pointy object that did it. I had some cheapo angled rubber valve stems and the centrifugal force caused the rubber stem to tear. That sucked.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:14 AM   #27
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Roads near new construction have construction trash that has fallen out of pickup trucks. While out for a walk one day I found (and picked up) and entire BOX of nails at an intersection.

Pay careful attention to where the road debris goes. Notice where the sand piles up around interesections (if they sand the roads in winter where you are). Don't drive thru those spots. Wifey picked up a BOLT in a car tire from doing that. While out on walks I've picked up many nails and bolts from those patches.

Drive in the tracks of other vehicles. Maybe they will get the nail before you.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:27 AM   #28
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I've only had one flat in my entire 7 or 8ish years of riding and it wasn't even the tire or a pointy object that did it. I had some cheapo angled rubber valve stems and the centrifugal force caused the rubber stem to tear. That sucked.
sounds like you had some of the 30 milllion valve stems that were recalled
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/n...nded/index.htm
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:38 AM   #29
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I'm not going to post on this thread because I don't want to jink my tires.
Wait, I just did. Knock on wood but I don't remember the last time I had a flat on any of my bikes.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:09 AM   #30
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Tires were worn. Went to a job interview got a nail in their parking lot in the rear. Noticed it about 5 miles down the road. Called in for back up and to see if anyone had tires for a 600 shadow. A victory dealer close by did. So they installed two new tires and two new tubes for a little over 400 bucks. The next week on my way to work got a front and rear flat from pinched tubes.
So three flats in a week. Sucks when commuting 130 miles round trip on it.
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