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

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What's the best technique for removing a tyre from the rim?

This question talks about fitting a tyre back onto a rim, but I'd like to know how to get the tyre off in the first place. Especially if the tyre is very tight, or the dip in the middle of the rim ...
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Pinch flats: hardtail vs full suspension. Differences?

I ride a hardtail, and I wonder if a full suspension prevents pinch flats in the rear wheel. I don't get pinch flats; but I want to know what to expect from a hardtail vs full suspension. I'm a heavy ...
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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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What are these diagonal marks on my innertube?

I'm on my second inner-tube in as many weeks and the culprit seems to be the same between them; these diagonal marks on the side around the whole of it—but only on one side (sorry, didn't make a ...
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Does riding on the sidewalk make it more likely to get a flat tire?

I just started bike commuting, and the two times I've gotten flats were when I was biking on the sidewalk, and in both cases they seemed pretty random. I use a mountain bike. Is it just a coincidence ...
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Fix / clean or throw away tire with 30+ thorn punctures?

I recently rode through a horrible thorn patch. I came out with 2 flat tires. Upon examination, I found that the tube was punctured in 10+ places. Throw away. The tire has 30+ small thorns in it. ...
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Road bike getting punctured often on poor roads [duplicate]

I brought my road bike to Mumbai where the roads are pretty bad (lots of potholes, gravel...), I've been getting a puncture roughly every 2 weeks. The tires are about 6 months old. They are a bit worn ...
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Are there road bike tires invulnerable to popping?

I am a mountain biker now living in Minneapolis and so I bought a road bike, but I can't keep tires on it to save my life. I 'upgraded' to Continental Attack/Force tires, got a glass shard in the ...
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Can small pebble inside tire puncture the tube?

Shortly after changing a flat in a dirt road near home, I got another one. This last tube got a very small puncture. Inside the tire I also found some small pebble (like 1mm or less in length), but no ...
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What are pinch flats?

Also known as a snakebite or pinch cut, a pinch flat is a common term among the bicycling community for a certain type of puncture — but what exactly defines one? What causes pinch flats? What helps ...
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Rim cement as a replacement for rubber cement

Can I use aluminium rim cement for patching flat tire instead of using rubber cement?
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Is there anything I can do to prevent snakebites (pinch flats)?

Riding in an urban setting, I've lost two tubes in the last week to snakebites, and it's easily the most common way for me to get a flat. I've got Gatorskin treads, which help prevent standard ...
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Continental 4Seasons vs 4000S

I am currently riding Conti GP4000S tyres, in 700x23mm version, inflated at 115 psi. The grip is great, the (light)weight is amazing. I have punctured twice with them (in 1500 km) which is more that ...
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What is the purpose of the rubber stripe between the wheel and the air chamber?

I had a flat tire and replaced the air chamber. While doing that the rubber stripe that stands between the wheel and the air chamber ripped and it's no longer a ring. It´s hard to put it correctly and ...
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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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Cheap alternatives to avoid tire punctures

If you head to Walmart and see the slime bike liners for in the tire to stop goatheads and small nailes from actually running the tire. Is there anything around the house or shed that can be used ...
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how to repair large holes in inner tubes

I find that any hole, cut or tear larger than a pinprick is impossible to repair with normal patches because they are too soft. Even a 2-3mm slit will cause the repair patch to balloon out and burst ...
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Patched inner tube helped by pressure against tire?

When I patch a tube, does it need to be in a tire to "remain fixed"? I mean: I understand an empty fixed tube will remain fixed if I keep it folded in a box... But how about with air inside? does ...
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“wound” on the tire side

The other day I was stopped at a traffic light when I felt my bike moving slowly forward. Did not pay really attention, thought there was a slight slope, so hit the brake and voila. But it did not ...
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Which MTB Inner Tubes

I have tried a few brands of inner tubes for off road riding, mainly slime and dr. sludge but recently I have suffered more punctures than I'd care for despite the 'green goo'. My question is what ...
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What steps should I follow to patch a tube?

I was wondering if I'm missing something when I patch my wheel, because I patched it yesterday and it had low pressure today. This is what I did: Released the air Used 2 screwdrivers to remove the ...
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Relationship between punctures and tube pressure

What could be the relation between a bicycle's inner tube getting punctured and the pressure of the tube. Are they directly proportional? I.e, if the pressure of Bicycle tube is higher then it has ...
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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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If I can't find the hole causing a flat tire, do I need to replace the tube?

My back tire got flat. If I pump it up now, it can hold the air for about 30 minutes to an hour before it's totally flat. I took out the inner-tube yesterday, pump in a bit air and put it into water, ...
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avoiding punctures in 22mm tires

I used to get a lot of punctures on my 22mm tires riding to work every day in boston. All of the punctures were from small pieces glass. After a few weeks of almost weekly flats i got tuffy tire ...
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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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Do narrow tires puncture more frequently?

Does a narrow bicycle tire puncture more often, or does it requires more attention regarding its maintenance and servicing?
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Best practice for patching snakebite pinch flats on skinny tubes

So, I tend to run 700x23c or 700x25c tires on my commuter bike. Sometimes I'm lazy and forget to check the air pressure and inevitably get a pinch flat when I hit some stationary object, pothole, or ...
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Is it a good idea to get a narrower front tire and a wider rear tire on a road bike?

I am currently running Continental Grand Prix S 4000 in 23-622 / 700x23C front and rear. I am about to buy a new set of tires for my road bike and am fancying a smaller tire for the front and a wider ...
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Unused puncture repair patch - what's its useful shelf life?

Sometimes I fish around in my shed for a repair kit and pull out a pair of patches which have been sat around for a while (a year?) I find the patches are stiff (even though they're still in their ...
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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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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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Fixing a flat - how to find the piercing object?

Just had a flat and having problems finding the thing that pierced the tube in the tire. Normally I just run my fingers around in it, until I found it, but this time everything looks O.K. My ...
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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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Flat tire: white liquid inside the tube

I got a flat tire, kind of a big hole in the inner tube. It was raining a lot so I walked home through the rain and water puddles, and everything got wet. Now I want to patch the inner tube, but ...
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How could I have fixed a flat tire?

My tire was flat and I could not fix it, so I had to carry the bike all the way. How could I have fixed it?
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I keep getting flats

I have been getting flats every 20-30 miles for the last 2 months. This has caused serious inconvenience to me, as bicycle is my preferred mode of transport to work and class. Details of the ...
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Are there other explanations for slow tyre pressure loss?

I rode my road bike on Friday and the tyres were at the correct pressure then, around 100psi. On Tuesday, I jumped on without checking them and quickly realised something was wrong with the rear ...
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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 ...
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Frequent flats with Michelin Pro3's

Since switching from the Michelin Pro2's to the new Pro3's I've experienced an increase in puncture flats. Nothing has else has really changed in riding style or conditions. The Pro3 ride much ...
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Recurring flats

I've had 4 flats in three rides, all rear wheel. I can't see anything in the tyre, the tyres relatively new, the rims look good. Needless to say I'm getting pretty hacked off with having to keep ...
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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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How do you deal with flats in the winter?

I was lucky last winter I went the entire winter without getting a flat. I attribute it mostly to: sharp items on the road being hidden under snow and ice less agressive riding resulting in no ...
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Damaged rim or just the tube valve?

I had a flat on the way to work today. Not really earth shattering, it was about 5 miles in, only a short walk until the office, where I could fix it in comfort. But walking the bike, I noticed an ...
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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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What's the rubber tube in my puncture repair kit for?

I've got an old school puncture repair kit, the type with glue and patches. As well as the sandpaper, patches, 'vulcanizing fluid' and instructions, there is a 2.5cm long, 3mm wide, beige rubber ...
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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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Frequent blow outs in the same location

I keep getting blow outs in my front tube and always in the same location: right next to the valve stem. The blow outs look like: On this same tube, there is wear on exactly the other side of the ...
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How can I repair a tyre with a deep cut?

I have some foldable racing tyres, still with plenty of tread but with some small cuts through the tread & cloth. Can I do anything to them or are they destined for the bin?
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What is the maximum number of pucture repairs an inner tube can take?

Any thoughts - my spare tube that I carry in my bag currently has a dozen or so patches on it, but still works fine. I'm tempted to keep going to see how many I can get on there until it get ...