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Anyone else having more flats than usual this year?  Seems like I so much as think about a flat and I'll get one.  Maybe it's simply a matter of it being my turn.

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Except for nails, this should solve your problems.

Seems that way. I got a flat 5 minutes into the Naked Ride yesterday, literally flatted while rolling my bike into the street in front of Gabe's building as we were heading to the rally. Helped a few riders with flats along the ride as well, including loaning my pump to help while another Security team member (I think his name was Will) fixed a flat for a girl with no rim tape on her wheel.

Some hold that tire liners can also cause the f-things.

MagMileMarauder said:

Except for nails, this should solve your problems.

Typically lots of wetness would be the most likely cause of any increase in Sudden Airloss Events.

Definitely has not been the case . . . thus one must postulate:

1) The city has cut back on street cleaning

2) the effect of cars "sweeping" debris towards the curb is somehow being minimized, e.g. perhaps bicycle proliferation (yay) is causing drivers to drive slower, or increase in bike lanes means debris is getting swept only as far as into the lanes rather than towards the curb

3) Tire quality is declining

4) Increase in broken glass

5-6-7)_________?

Vondo said:

Seems that way. I got a flat 5 minutes into the Naked Ride yesterday, literally flatted while rolling my bike into the street in front of Gabe's building as we were heading to the rally. Helped a few riders with flats along the ride as well, including loaning my pump to help while another Security team member (I think his name was Will) fixed a flat for a girl with no rim tape on her wheel.

Buy  high end puncture resistant tires and never look back. 

Schwalbe Marathon Plus, Gatorskins, Vittoria Randonneurs, etc. offer more, and better, flat protection than those tire liners can.

I am one of those people.

h' said:

Some hold that tire liners can also cause the f-things.

MagMileMarauder said:

Except for nails, this should solve your problems.

I'm probably jinxing myself, but my Continetial Gatorskins are holding up great.  Hundreds of miles so far this year and no flats. Even so, I'm riding around with 2-3 spare tubes and CO2 for the inevitable...

I heart my gatorskins.

oh NO!!! Sounds more like Gutter Gnomes! The mild winter has them breeding like rabbits!!!! They may have it in for your ride... Wait... they heard me!!! Gotta go!

They work IF you keep your tires pumped up.  Gotta be diligent about it, then the tire liners work great.  If you let the tires get a little soft, then ride over harsh bumps, railroad tracks, steel plates, etc., you can get a pinch flat. 

I've got Schwalbe Marathon or Marathon Plus tires on all my bikes and can't remember the last time I had a flat out on the road.  They get some severe south side tests - rides w/lots of broken glass, potholes AND railroad tracks.

h' said:

Some hold that tire liners can also cause the f-things.

MagMileMarauder said:

Except for nails, this should solve your problems.

I used to get flats close to once or twice every two weeks- upgraded my tires and haven't had one in about six months now- gatorskin in the front and armadillo on the back. Both have been working out very well **crosses fingers**

Gatorskins rarely last me two months before getting a flat, while I consistently ride on Armadillos until they're bald. I know other people swear by Gatorskins but I guess I've just got weird luck with them.

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