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2019 - How Many Flats
 hairykiwi member offline
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posted 1/14/2019
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Setting this up so GWM can be in the lead for a change, Last year was my best year for a long time, with my miles to flat ratio near the top.

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.

Another twist is tubeless tires - if your tire goes flat, then you count it as a flat when you reseal it or take it off to replace it.

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posted 1/14/2019
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I got a flat on 1/1/19 - a small as in very tiny piece of beer bottle glass poked through the kevlar belt in the gator skins. So, it is my understanding that I am in the lead in the race. Yippee!

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posted 1/14/2019
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The only flats on my bikes in the past five years, since my wife died, is from the bikes just sitting here in the house, unridden.

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The only flats on my bikes in the past five years, since my wife died, is from the bikes just sitting here in the house, unridden.
-- posted by Grateful_G
I am sorry to hear of your wife passing away. My condolences to you.

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posted 1/15/2019
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The only flats on my bikes in the past five years, since my wife died, is from the bikes just sitting here in the house, unridden.
-- posted by Grateful_G
I am sorry to hear of your wife passing away. My condolences to you.
-- posted by GeeWizMan


Thank you so much, GWM.

That was the last of my family and it really did kick my bumm - but I'm FINALLY beginning to see the light of day again - and the urge to "ride" is returning.

So I've got a lot of tire pumping to do.

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The only flats on my bikes in the past five years, since my wife died, is from the bikes just sitting here in the house, unridden.
-- posted by Grateful_G
I am sorry to hear of your wife passing away. My condolences to you.
-- posted by GeeWizMan


Thank you so much, GWM.

That was the last of my family and it really did kick my bumm - but I'm FINALLY beginning to see the light of day again - and the urge to "ride" is returning.

So I've got a lot of tire pumping to do.
-- posted by Grateful_G
I would be absolutely lost without my wife so, I don't really have any words of wisdom or advice other than perhaps you could surround yourself with friends and definitely ride as often as you can.

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posted 1/26/2019
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#1

Bontrager T1, 1456 rear miles. Worn brake shoes rubbed a hole in the sidewall.
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posted 2/2/2019
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Mileage update, 550 miles (1650 tire miles) no flats

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posted 2/9/2019
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My first ride of the new year and i obtained a flat. Unsure what cause is, I am waiting to get tubes next time at bike shop.

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posted 2/13/2019
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My first ride of the new year and i obtained a flat. Unsure what cause is, I am waiting to get tubes next time at bike shop.
-- posted by handyhannah



I changed the tube. Come to think it was the original tube. There was a teeny tiny hole at the seam line. So with no puncture area anywhere on the tire I am going to say it was due to old age.

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posted 2/19/2019
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#1 for the year. I think it was from some glass on the road. Had to put a boot in the tire. 1120 miles.
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