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Put a bit of white plumber's tape over the end of the tube before you put the cap back on. It will make the glue last for serveral seasons without drying up!
I never have "snake bites" in my road or ATB tubes and I've been riding for over 40 years. When you install a new tube, make sure the rim strip is centered. Coat the new tube and the inside of the tire with baby powder (talc, not cornstarch). Inflate the tube to about 30 psi. Deflate. (This removes any pinches.) Inflate to the max and ride.
My experience tells me that if you are a commuter then you should consider wider rims/tires. That said, I found Bontrager Hard Case were effective against pinch flats when I was using my road bike to commute: 23c rear, & 25c front. (Don't say it.) I used to be plagued by other types of flats on my road bike, but only in the rear. I got so desperate I ...
Already suggested is trying narrower tires. Another theory I put forward is moving up to 25mm (According to Sheldon Brown Ok on this rims) would help - more volume means more load capability (for the same pressure). I am not a roadie, but MTBer's go to bigger tires so they can run lower pressures without snakebites. Surely the same mechnaics is at play here ...
The problem may be that your tires (700x23) are too wide for such narrow rims. According to the manufacturer, on the "Features" tab for the Mavic Ellipse: Recommended tyre sizes: 18 to 22 mm You may find better success with narrower tires (or alternatively, wider rims), and as suggested by Daniel R Hicks, "the narrowest tube you can find that claims to ...
Inflate your tires to a higher pressure. Use a pump with a pressure gauge instead of going by "feel". Check the pressure more often. The max pressure listed on the sidewall is a good starting point, but if you're already inflating to max psi, you may want to exceed it a bit. It's likely you have a slow leak, and you're at a low inflation pressure by the ...
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