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

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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 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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“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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Is it normal for a presta valve to unscrew into two pieces?

I have a Continental Road inner tube with a threaded presta valve. I also have a threaded bike pump which I screw onto the valve to inflate the tube. When I try to unscrew the pump, the uppermost ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bicycle's inner-tube got puncture right next to the valve, How to patch it there?

There is a very small cut 1-2 millimeter or less long in the inner-tube, right next to where it's the bottom of the Schrader valve. The cut is only 1-2 millimeters far away from the valve's bottom. ...
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I cannot go 30 miles without a flat. I can't figure out what the problem is

I have Mavix CXP-12 wheels (20mm). I have relatively new Freedom ThickSlick 23mm Tires on the wheels. I've been using these inner tubes: Meetlocks® 700x18-23c. I weigh 165 lb. I just keep getting ...
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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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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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Unpatchable hole on rim side

Well, I am new to road biking and I got my first flat yesterday. I was going to go for a ride and the front tire was completely flat, so I popped it off and went to patch it. I found the hole, it was ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Repair cut in sidewall of tubeless tyre

On my latest ride I managed to put a cut in the sidewall of my front tyre (Specialized S-Works Purgatory 26x2.2"). The sealant (Stan's No Tubes) didn't manage to seal the cut, presumably because the ...
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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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What could have caused this flat?

Today I encountered a puncture. I pulled the tube, ran my fingers around the inside and outside of the tire carefully looking for the offending object, found nothing, so concluded it was probably a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tube adhering to tire

I was fixing a flat this morning and discovered that the tube was adhering to the tire casing. The tube pulled free from the tire, with about as much force as it would take to pull off well adhered ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...