Also called "flat". Ways to avoid punctures, deal with punctures, etc.

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When should you replace tires after getting a flat?

A nail punctured my rear wheel tire today while riding. My question is, how do you know if you need to replace a tire or simply repair it with a tube repair kit? The hole looks pretty nasty. The cap ...
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Is there a recycling program that accepts unrepairable inner tubes?

The local bike shop, not the wealthiest operation, has a pile of dead inner tubes growing on the floor. I'd love to discover something where used inner tubes are repurposed, melted down, made into ...
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What is mysteriously slicing the inside of my tubes?

For about the last year, I've had a problem keeping my bike on the road. Originally, my rear tube went flat when the tire was punctured by an office staple (don't ask me how a regular office staple ...
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Trouble removing a(n old) 700x23c tire

I've been riding an early 90's Italian steel timetrialer (D'accordi TT0.9) for a few months, front tire has a slow leak that needs to be replaced. The problem is that I can't get the bead totally ...
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Mystery flat keeps happening 3-5 times a week. Do I weigh too much for my tires?

This is a little embarrassing, so I hope no one makes fun of me lol ... But I am a big girl. I always have been. Very big frame, big shoulders, big head, hands and feet. My whole life I've been ...
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What's causing this puncture?

This puncture is on the inside face of the tube. One day I got a big piece of glass in my tire. I patched it up and then I got a puncture on the inside face of the tube. I patched that and then I got ...
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Tire Continually going flat

I have a Specialized Crosstour that is about 10 years old. I rode it occasionally and never had a flat. Then it hung in my garage for a couple of years. When I took it down, the tires were flat and ...
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How to stop dealing with flat tires?

I have a very nice fixie bike, which I keep suffering from flat tires. I live in Bogota which is a city full of potholes in the road. I have been examining options to implement in order to have less ...
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Does this rim tape need to be replaced?

I replaced my very first tube ever after my tire went flat yesterday. I successfully installing a new tube, inflated it, and left it overnight. This evening the tire was still fully inflated, but ...
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Am I too heavy for my road bike tires?

I am wondering if bike tires have a weight limit. I have to admit, I am a large guy at 6'3" 250lb (190 cm, 113,5 kg), and I have always had issues with my road bike's tires getting pinch flats. I ...
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Flat tire keeps occurring while bike is stationary. MYSTERY

I keep changing my tube. It get's a hole right near the base of the valve. I've checked the rim, there's nothing sharp. there's nothing sharp in the tire (the hole's on the inside anyhow). and it ...
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Third tube puncture in 3 weeks

I have the 3-rd puncture of the rear wheel tube during 3 weeks. All of them have the same pattern: 1 small breach about 0.5mm long. I added the photographs of the last one. Bubble inside the water ...
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Tube sealant vs. tire liners vs. puncture-resistant tires — which best prevents flats?

Clarification: I am not asking for a solution to punctures, or about the nuances of ride quality with the various solutions. I am asking whether one method of reducing punctures has been proven ...
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What size Mr. Tuffy Liner should I buy for my 24“x1.95” bike tires?

Mr. Tuffy size chart is here: http://www.mrtuffy.com/sizes.html My tire size is 24"x1.95". If I go by tire diameter, I should go with Mr. Tuffy's Blue liner which fits 24"x1.375". If I go by tire ...
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Why do I always get punctures in my rear wheel?

I get probably five times as many punctures in my rear wheel as opposed to my front wheel. I run a good pressure and don't get obvious pinch flats. Does anyone have a logical reason why this could ...
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How do self-sealing inner tubes work?

How do self-sealing inner tubes work? I understand it protects against objects up to a certain length, but do I need to still remove the offending object eventually? Or do I need to leave it in? Are ...
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How To Prevent Holes Around The Inner-tube Valve?

In the last two months I have experienced something new: three inner-tubes (700X25) have popped with holes immediately around the valve and on the same side of the tube as the valve. I suspect there ...
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Is it possible to remove wheel without loosening the (V) brakes

I have a mountain bike with V-brakes and every time I get a puncture and need to remove the wheel to replace the inner tube, I have to use a hex/Allen key to loosen the brakes, otherwise I can't pull ...
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Spoke puncturing my tube, can I cut it?

I recently bought a second hand city bike. After a 2 weeks I got a flat tire. On closer inspection it looks like this is due to the spoke. The rim tape is fine though. It seems that this particular ...
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Tube puncture over spoke, but rim tape fine

I have a puncture in my tube on a bump in the tube that coincides with a dip in the spoke hole, and am not sure if I need to replace the rim tape or not. I have seen numerous posts about spoke ...
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Why does the glue in a puncture repair kit dry up so quickly?

With puncture repair kits, generally you get like 6-8 patches and a tube of glue. The only problem is I can really only use the glue for the first patch because once it opens, it just ends up drying ...
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Schwalbe Marathon Plus recurring puncture - options?

Does anyone have any experience of using puncture resistant tyres when they have been cut so badly as the object pierces the tyre right through? Being Mr. Unlucky, 2-3 months ago I managed to get a ...
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Puncture-proof 20" tires? [closed]

A friend is about to buy a second-hand Dahon Vitesse D7HG with the usual 20" wheels. Since she knows nothing about bike mechanics, doesn't want to learn, and that bike has a Nexus 7 hub gear system, ...
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Is it possible to get a slow leak straight after installing new tires?

So I decided to replace my bike tires to Gatorskins to prevent punctures. Anyway, so I installed them and they seemed to be okay. I had checked it a day or two afterwards and it was okay. But this ...
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What type of tires can prevent goatheads?

We have a lot of goatheads1 in our area, and they have a tendency to do something like this to bike tires: Unfortunately, I ride a road bike (specifically a Kona Dew), so I have much smaller, ...
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How much can a 700x23 inner tube stretch?

I recycled my dad's road bike (about 20 years left in storage) so I bought a complete set of new wheels. "Good" hubs and rims, not quality brand though but I've been told they're good and that's what ...
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How do I stop punctures for good?

Last night I came out of work to a flat tire. This is the second time I've got a puncture with less than 100km done on a brand new set of schwalbe smart sam tires. needless to say I was quite annoyed. ...
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Fat Tyre Punctures

I ride a Fat Bike which is fitted with 26x4.6" tyres. I am worried about puncturing on trails in the South African bush. What can be done to mitigate this risk of puncture as tire liners and ...
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Do good tires lessen the chances of your innertube bursting?

I have only bought my bike for a month and a half and within this time span, my innertube actually burst 4 times. The bike itself is relatively cheap so I doubt that the tires are of good quality. I ...
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Broken glass on the bicycle path, what to do?

Often I find myself driving with my racing bike on the dedicated bicycle lane in my city. The problem with these bicycle lanes is that there is a lot of broken glass (once every few kilometers). ...
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Do glueless tube patches work as well as glue ones?

Quite a few years ago I tried some glueless patches for repairing my punctured tubes while out on the road, and found that they rarely stayed on for very long. I know that technology has advanced a ...
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How to get the tyre back on to the rim easily?

What is the best/easiest way to get the tyre back on to a rim after removing it to fix a puncture for example? Some tyres can be really hard to get back on to the rim. I don't like using the tyre ...
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Are there any permanent solutions for holes smaller than 1cm on outer tyre?

My road bike tire is damaged because of some biketrap I fell into. After a month I got a flat while riding. I found this hole at the damaged area while repairing the puncture on inner tube. After ...
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Do I need to patch my tubed-tire if I have a puncture?

I have about a 2 mm gash around the outside of my tire from a piece of brown glass. It gave me a slow leak and while I've patched the tube, do I need to do anything about the tire itself?
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Tube constantly getting punctured near the valve

I have been using my bike for a few years now, and for the last month i am constantly getting this problem. After riding a day or two, it looks like my tube gets rotated a little inside the tire, and ...
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Sudden tyre deflation with no puncture

At the start of my ride yesterday I was passing through town slowly and crossed a section of cobble stones (just a line running across the tarmac). I managed to hit the one cobble sticking out of the ...
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Best way to patch road bike tubes

I've scoured the internet for this answer, as I recently just tried to repair a tube on my Purefix fixed-gear bike which I assume uses tires and tubes similar to road bikes, as the tire size is ...
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How do I use the plastic backing on patches?

It seems that the patches I buy for fixing inner tubes come in one of 2 types. Both have metal foil on the stick-to-tube side. One has paper on the other side, the other plastic. With the paper ones ...
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“Quick Fix” Tyre Repair Spray Cans

I saw this in my local supermarket, as they are having a cycling event on at the moment. I was thinking this would be quite useful if I had a puncture away from home, the car or bike repair shop, or ...
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What are the disadvantages of “puncture proof” (or puncture resistant) tires?

Some people refer to tires that are more resistant to punctures as "puncture proof" tires. For example: Specialized All Condition Armadillo Tyre Even though these tires are not really puncture proof, ...
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spoke end poking out of rim, thinking it may be reason why Im getting flats

When I run my hand on the inside of the rim, I can feel a protrusion of the spoke end going into the rim. Is that normal? I have been getting about 5 or 6 flats, and they sometimes occur on the same ...
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Is it worth it to buy a bike that comes with puncture resistant tires, or add them later?

Is it better to buy a bike that comes with puncture resistant tires, or get a cheaper bike that comes with worse tires and then get them replaced?
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Is a bigger wheel likely to get fewer flats?

Someone suggested recently that rather than using a fatter tyre in my search for fewer flats, I could use bigger wheels. Specifically, that switching from 700c to 27" (622 to 630) would make a ...
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What kind of flat is this?

I'm stumped. For the last yew years I have been getting flats that look like this: As you can see, it's a tiny, tiny hole that can only be found by inflating the tire to twice its size or so. I ...
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Anti-puncture options

I ride my bike to work. But every time I get a flat tire, my schedule is messed up because bike shops are not easily available on my town. Is there any other option besides puncture-proof tires?
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Should I check puncture-resistant tires for glass etc.?

I'm running 700x35 Marathon tires with their Greenguard puncture-resistance layer (not as thick as the Marathon Plus's, but it's there). Should I check the outside of the tires for bits of glass or ...
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What is a cheap puncture-proof tire against tackweed?

Lately, each time I ride my bike around the Bay Area, I get tackweed onto my wheels where upon one or both of them flatten overnight. Most of those are five minute rides to my local library. So, I ...
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Are bikes more prone to punctures after a spell of rainfall/flooding?

We've had an unusually wet winter and flooding has been a problem in my area. Now that the weather has improved and cycling is possible/pleasurable again I'm finding I'm getting many more punctures ...
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Why would each patch produce a new leak before resintalling tube?

I got a puncture in my tube (size 700c x 23c, Kendra, came with bike) and applied a vulcanizing glue and patch, then checked it. Before reinstalling the tube, there was now a new leak right next to ...
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Do tube protectors increase rolling resistance or just add weight?

I have been experiencing a lot of flats lately (proportional to the increase in time/distance I have been doing), so I am thinking of adding a tube protector (e.g., one of these) to each tire. Will ...