Tubes Flat Tire (Poll)

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by Revorunner, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. Revorunner

    Revorunner Member

    I'm interested to find out how many flat tires everyone gets on average in one year of riding their Motoredbikes.I know it all depends on how much you ride it and what road conditions you ride on.I assume most people on the forum ride on pavement.

    Please remove this if it has already been done.Could not find any info in searching for it.

  2. Flapdoodle

    Flapdoodle Member

    I picked up a shiny new horseshoe nail in Walmart's parking lot my very first trip to town. There was not a barefoot horse in sight. Replaced the tube with a heavy duty one and have not had a problem in the last 400 miles.
  3. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    one flat in 8 months -- main means of transpo

    got the liners put in after that

    the other day I saw a larger that normal staple sticking out of tire
    I knew that I had to pull it out -- as I held my breath
    guess that liner pushed it away from tube -- no leak

    I like that as I ride that THING -- with air in it
  4. Revorunner

    Revorunner Member

    Darn Horses.:jester::jester::beatdeadhorse5:
  5. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    Only one flat on my rear wheel (of course) with some tire liners. There were 2 pieces of metal I left in there to test the liners, and there was another nail that went vertically thru the sidewall, but it was rubbing against my brakes, so that had to go. A very thick nail did me in, even tho the other pieces of metal were in there for 1 or 2 hundred miles.
  6. Revorunner

    Revorunner Member

    You left two pieces of metal in the the tire? Interesting,let us know about the results of the test you are conducting.
  7. sparky

    sparky Active Member

    That test ended with the final thick nail that actually managed to make it through the liner. I'm rollin' clean now.
  8. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    I've been motorized since April, 2008. Ride a great deal. Commute to and from work, weather permitting. And I don't deal with the cleanest roads in the world.

    I think I've had two flats in that time.

    First one was when the MB was still pretty new. Muffler spit it's red-hot guts out and rear whell rollled right over it. Instant flat.

    Another time my daughter rode the bike and came home. I went to ride and found a flat front tire. Naturally, her answer was "I dunno".

    I don't do anything special; cheap wal-mart tires and, mostly, new tubes. Occasionally I'll patch. But not often.
  9. SirJakesus

    SirJakesus Guest

    I had one on my first Raleigh MB on my first multi-mile trip out. Silly me for using the tires and tubes that had already been in the bike for 10 years. I think it was just dry rot. No MBC in those days :)
    My second "flat" was not really a flat at all. I was cleaning my XR after a 50 mile ride and noticed a butterfly stud earring in my front tire right in the middle of the tread. I wasn't going to leave it in there so I pulled it out with some needlenose pliers and it caused a fairly slow leak. Gave the tube a quick shot of fix a flat, filled and rode for several miles in my backroads area and problem solved. I used just extra thick Bell tubes and the stock 26x1.95 tires. Everythings gonna get changed over to use tireliners though, they seem worth the trouble.
  10. ZnsaneRyder

    ZnsaneRyder Member

    I averaged 1 or 2 flat tires a month at first! :ee2k: Also had a couple blowouts where I had to remove the tube from around my spokes and sprockets.

    After going to No-More-Flats foam inner tubes, 0 flat tires, but have had to replace two back rims over time due to a long, rough dirt road at home breaking my spokes. Now have a Staton/Skyway Tuff-Wheel for the back, and No-Flat inner tube and it is 100% reliable now. No flats or bent rims!
  11. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    I had 2 flats last spring through fall. Weird thing is, never on the road.
    Both times I came out to go for a ride in the morning and "what the heck?"
    An air sucking fairy must have visited me in the night.

    I didnt even mess with finding the leak. Just replaced the tubes both times.
  12. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    from an old tire guy....

    It's always a good idea to find the leak.... mark your valve stem location on your tire for reference.... then look the tire & rim over....for the thorn, spoke, burr....what ever caused your flat in the first place.

    tip.... drag a tissue around the inside of your tire.... a thorn or sliver of metal...whatever (in your tire), will snag a bit of tissue. Remove the thorn & you're good to go. This will prevent a repeat flat.
  13. graucho

    graucho Active Member

    Great tip, wisely said. HaHaHa, my brother in law said here's a picure of me....:dunce:LOL
  14. brendonv

    brendonv Member

    no flats for me so far. Been riding for about 3 months.
  15. RickyH

    RickyH New Member

    I've had two flats in the last two years, picked up a piece of metal each time. 99% of my driving is on pavement.
  16. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

  17. Revorunner

    Revorunner Member

    Darn air sucking fairies.:grin5::grin5:

    Thanks everyone for the responses so far.This gives me a good idea of how many tubes and tires I should have on hand at all times.
  18. MisterZ

    MisterZ New Member

    3 mos., 2 flats, 1 will riding. The other flat was after a joy ride my sister took the next day I noticed something wrong when walking my bike out to the street (it was very early AM) my commute ruined. Later that day I managed to get what appeared to be a 3 inch long nail out of the tire. I kept it because I was amazed how such a long object which was probably flat on the ground introduced itself into the tire (back). I replced it with one of those self sealing tires which on my way from work one day did nothing but spew out blue stuff. I guess it kept me from losing control by not going flat as fast. I have since bought a Bell brand tire with a layer of Kevlar as the box indicates. The tires are really thick and appear to be what I needed for the mean and often debris filled streets of L.A. Oh, and from now on I carry 2 spare inner tubes, a pump and a patch kit! Good luck to all!:cool2:
  19. brisbane_boy

    brisbane_boy Member

    1 only ever had 1 flat on my motored bike.
    that was within the 1st 50miles. but havent had one since iv swaped to thorn proof tubes. that was bout 250miles ago
  20. Abeagle

    Abeagle Guest

    Over 2,000 miles flat free ( knock on wood ) lots of broken glass on the streets I ride.
    It seems like most flats I had previous to this where on new tires, under 100 miles.
    They seem to be a little softer when new and after a hundred miles they toughen up.
    But now days I run Kevlar belted tires, Tuffys tire lines and slime tubes. the extra cost is well worth it. Although I do have a spare tube, patch kit, and CO2 cartridges in my road bag (just in case). Better prepared than walking the bike home. By the way it is my main mode of transport rain or shine.

    More Smiles to the Mile...