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You know, being a re-entry rider after getting the four children into middle/high school, I'm looking at almost ten years and over 200,000 miles with zero flat tires. Maybe I shouldn't be writing this! once had a slow rear tire leak... a few lbs lost each week. Once had a screw in a tire but pulling it out revealed it hadn't gone in deep enough to cause a leak. Am I pushing it? What is your experience?
 

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You do realize that this thread is a jinx... :)
 

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I've had three, all the rear tire. Twice at work and once when I got to my fathers house and found my rim had a 10 or 12 inch split along the spokes. 1st time at work I was able to have my wife bring my floor jack and tools to me so I could remove the rear wheel and took it to get a new tube. Second time was a Friday afternoon and I was fortunate enough to have one of my beat buds pick up his trailer and come get me. Third time I had my father take me home to get my tools.
It totally sucked BUT could have been worse

knocking wood anyhow
 

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You do realize that this thread is a jinx... :)
Ha! Yeah I thought that when I wrote the post :). Will let you know if I've just jinxed myself! Leaving next Saturday for a ride through Oklahoma and Arkansas to see a friend in Memphis. Then it's through Tennessee to the Smokies, seeing the Cherohala amd Deal's Gap, and up through Kentucky to some do some work in Cincinnati. Will go to Indianapolis to see my dad and brother. Then it's the Land of Lincoln, Missouri, and Kansas back home! Will let you know if a flat tire is part of the experience, and I'll think back to this stupid post of mine!!!
 

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I've had three, all the rear tire. Twice at work and once when I got to my fathers house and found my rim had a 10 or 12 inch split along the spokes. 1st time at work I was able to have my wife bring my floor jack and tools to me so I could remove the rear wheel and took it to get a new tube. Second time was a Friday afternoon and I was fortunate enough to have one of my beat buds pick up his trailer and come get me. Third time I had my father take me home to get my tools.
It totally sucked BUT could have been worse

knocking wood anyhow
98RKC... and that split wheel was recently just before a trip! At least you got on the road kinda on time and the others happened at work versus nowhere, USA!
 

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98RKC... and that split wheel was recently just before a trip! At least you got on the road kinda on time and the others happened at work versus nowhere, USA!
Oh yeah trust me, I know. After the second one at work and before my trip to Myrtle, I decided it might be wise to kick my HOG roadside assistance up one notch. I've heard the waiting forever horror stories so I hope I never have to use it but...
 

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Steve,
Now that you have jinxed everyone, what options are there for the tube tires and flats if you are out in the middle of nowhere or it's after hours? Would a plug even work on a tubed tire? What about the green slime stuff? I haven't fixed a flat sine bicycle days and that was frequently. Riding on the sides of the road seems to cause more flats due to debris, etc.
 

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Steve,
Now that you have jinxed everyone, what options are there for the tube tires and flats if you are out in the middle of nowhere or it's after hours? Would a plug even work on a tubed tire? What about the green slime stuff? I haven't fixed a flat sine bicycle days and that was frequently. Riding on the sides of the road seems to cause more flats due to debris, etc.
On a a ride this past weekend, a rider had a flat on the front. He had laced wheels with a tube.

With an escort, he managed to make it about 60 miles at a very ow speed on two cans of Fix-A-Flat and stopping but every twenty miles at stations to fill the tire back up with air.

You can plug a tubeless tire to get you where you are going (to get it replaced), but nothing fixes a tubed tire except a new tube.
 

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I would like to tell you how long ago it was but I am leaving on a trip in less than 2 weeks. Can't take the chance on jinxing it,LOL.
 

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Have a great ride skunk. I'm typing this from a hotel room on the Oklahoma/Arkansas border. Memphis tomorrow night. North Carolina on Wednesday. 11 day ride seeing friends, family, and a little work on the side. A wet one in Oklahoma today.... ahhh memories. And no flat tire... yet. :)
 

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One flat so far in six months on the DX. Yes the tire is fatter than most economy car tires but that wayward nail "nailed" me right in the middle where any width tire would have gotton it. sfarson best of luck on your road trip, sounds great!
 

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1MM... Hope your flat didn't happen at an inconvenient time or place! So far, no problemos after 1500 miles. Currently in Athens, TN on the NC border. Gonna see the Cherohala Skyway and Deals Gap tomorrow for the first time before heading north towards KY/OH. Want to avoid July 4 craziness at DG so leaving at 6:00a!
 

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1MM... Hope your flat didn't happen at an inconvenient time or place! So far, no problemos after 1500 miles. Currently in Athens, TN on the NC border. Gonna see the Cherohala Skyway and Deals Gap tomorrow for the first time before heading north towards KY/OH. Want to avoid July 4 craziness at DG so leaving at 6:00a!
Whats the old joke? It's only flat on one side. Anyway sfarson if you make your way to Long Island let me know, You can save on a hotel for a night or two. By the way which beast are you riding? Ride safe my brother and enjoy!
 

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Had a rear once, got it in time before it had gone all the way down. Got some air in it and got it home - new one was sitting waiting there.

Had a front once - took me about 10 days and 3 tubes to find!!!
Was a tiny piece of exacto knife blade cut off that was lodged in the tire!!!

Ride on!
 

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OK, as I said earlier wouldn't comment on last flat as not to jinx up coming trip. Trip is now over, no flats. Knock on wood, last flat was I-70 west bound, left lane thru the OLD mouse trap (I-70 / I-25 thru denver). well beyond any E-Ticket ride I was ever on,LOL. Was childless at the time, youngest is now married, oldest one still in school. so far luck is holding out
 
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