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2017 - How Many Flats
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posted 1/1/2017
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Well, it didn't work in 2016, but I want to try again. I still to prove that running this thread does not guarantee you get the most flats!!! At least I had a tie with tojesky last year.

I've included the regulars from last year, so its too late for you guys, you are already jinxed just for being associated with me...

I stole this thread from BRKIII who abandoned it in 2012. BRKIII swiped it from JulieB, who ran it for a few years before that...

Just post if you want to be added to the table now, or when you get your first flat.

I found the original flat rules per JulieB on the 2009 thread, so here they are:

I think the rules boil down to this:

1) If you have a situation where there is insufficient air in the tire to ride safely and comfortably, for whatever reason, and the tube needs to be repaired or replaced, it counts as a flat tire. It doesn't matter who repairs the flat. It counts as a flat.

2) If you have a slow leak and decide to simply pump the tire up rather than repairing or replacing the tube immediately, you MAY (not must, MAY) count it as one flat tire per tube per ride, if you so desire. It also counts as an additional flat when you finally repair or replace the tube.

3) If you were riding the bike at the time the air escapes, it's your flat.

4) If you OWN the bike AND you repaired the flat or get someone else to repair it for you, it's your flat no matter who was riding it at the time. So, if you bought a bike with a flat and it's repaired before you get rid of it, it's your flat. If you loan the bike out and it comes back with a flat and it's fixed before you get rid of the bike, it's your flat.

5) If your child has a flat while out riding and doesn't know how to repair it, shame on you. But if you repair or replace the tube (or have it done) you MAY count the flat as yours.

Please note that it would be possible for more than one person to count the same incident as a flat. Both riders of a tandem have to stop while the flat is repaired. Both are mandatorily inconvenienced. Both had a flat on the ride that day. (Unlike the kind friend who stopped with them and changed the flat for them. He just chose to hang with his friends. It wasn't mandatory for him.) If John is visiting Juan and is out riding his spare bike when it gets a flat, and Juan fixes it, both John, the rider and Juan the owner who does the fixing had a flat. (If John had been riding alone and fixed the flat himself before returning Juan's bike, Juan wasn't inconvenienced, and couldn't count the flat.) If you're riding with your child and fix the flat on his training wheel, you both count the flat.

It's the tube, not the tire we're concerned with, here. If tires need to be changed or pitched, it's more often than not a matter of maintenance rather than flat repair. If something happens that IS catastrophic enough to need a flat repair, chances are that the tube needs to be repaired, too. Those few incidents where the tire causes a flat (rather than routine maintenance) and the tube does NOT need attention are so few and far between that I think the affected rider should get a bye.

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posted 1/1/2017
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I started following the 2016 thread when GeeWizMan's pinch flat spilled over into the 50-mile challenge, and I'd like to join in for this year.
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posted 1/1/2017
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This sounds terrible. Count me in!

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posted 1/2/2017
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Geez, I started the New Year with 2 flats during my first ride, including my first front tire flat in maybe 20 years. Hope this not a portent of things to come...

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posted 1/3/2017
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so glad to see this thread still going strong. In the last 3 years, I have not had a single flat. I did get my mountain bike off the wall and up and running again.. In an effort to make it "go" I had to replace the two tubes. so I guess this is my last flats for another three years.. count me in!

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posted 1/25/2017
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#1
Had my first flat before my vacation, it was another one of those thin metal wires. Its possible I picked it up from my front porch, as I had replaced my rusted rear brake cable, and there were a few little wires around.

I also entered krypto's 2 flats a from his century ride, he's on here whether he wants to be or not!!

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posted 1/25/2017
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#1 and #2
I had my first flat last week. I did find a hole in the tube which I patched. I could not find anything in the tire though. Two days later, it went flat again. The patch was good. I could not find a hole in the tube, however, the valve did leak when I pushed on it even though it was screwed in tight, so that tube went in the trash.

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posted 1/25/2017
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Zippo but it still be early, eh?

143 (s)Miles

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posted 1/25/2017
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Well my first flat happened at exactly 80.24 miles I am now at 102.79. The kicker is when I changed the tube out there was nothing sticking in the tire. I think somebody was telling me to get off that road that night as it was really foggy on the sag ride home.

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posted 1/26/2017
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I'll jinx myself. No flats and 360 miles this year. The Orange Seal seems to be working - 2875 miles since the middle of August when I injected the sealant and only 3 flats needing a tube change/repair.
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posted 1/26/2017
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#2
Flat #2 on the trail, so I know it wasn't glass, I probably hit a rock or a piece of wood. I managed to nurse it home over the last 3 miles or so by pumping it up several times. I'll update the cause if I find something when I change it.
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