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I've commuted (central London roads) for 2 years now on the same set of 25mm Gatorskins. I've had only one snakebite (my bad for not paying attention) and never (yes!) had a prick puncture with these tires. I've just (this week) switched to 28mm tubeless (Schwable Pro One). I built these tubeless for the Paris-Roubaix ride (notorious for pinch flats!). I ...


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I doubt you're getting snake bites in a 22mm tyre unless it's very low on air. Even then it's not likely. Snake bites have a distinctive two-hole pattern so you can check. It's more likely that you're getting ordinary punctures. There may be tough 22mm tyres, but most this thin are designed to be light. There are certainly anti-puncture options at 25mm ...


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I would guess that your tire was damaged therefore making it easier for thorns and other sharp objects to penitents the tube. Check your tire for holes or tears. If there are no holes or tears the tires may just be cheap soft tires. I had the same problem on my bmx bike. I ended up changing the tire and never had constant flats again.


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If you have checked everything external as per Criggie's answer, then the problem could be wheel bearings. I had the same issue as you describe last year and it was resolved by replacing wheel bearings (fair enough after 8000km).


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If it sounds like its rubbing, it probably is. The areas to check are the frame - at the chainstays the frame - at the seat stays mudguards or fenders if you have them rear rack stays rim brakes, both the pads and the brake arms. disk brakes could be a bent disk Do you get the same rub noise when spinning the wheel forwards vs backwards? When you spin ...


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The first thing you should look at is, what the puncture looks like: Is it a puncture from a sharp or pointy object, like a spine for instance Or does the tube has a small, clean cut on the side. You can tell by inspecting the tube, but also by how quickly the tire loose pressure. If it's slow, it's most likely the first case. If the tire loose all ...


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I had a run of punctures over the winter. One or two a week, always on tge front wheel. Drove me crazy, especially as i commute on my bike. I had expensive schwable tyres, with punture protection. A friend got me to check over my tyre to see if anything was stuck in it. Eventually i found some tiny slivers of glass were bssically embedded in the tyre. Every ...


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Well firstly, no, you are not getting flats because you are riding dirt roads too often - this seems like exactly the terrain the bike is designed for. Your punctures are most likely just a result of bad luck, however the cheap tyres common to entry level bikes are often very thin and puncture prone and may also be the culprit. The best solution would be ...


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If you don't want to spend money on expensive tires, you can opt for tire liners. I've had very good experience with this product specifically when I used to have cheaper tires. I find they did a very good job of protecting against flats. Not a single flat the entire 2 year span I was riding them. I currently use high end tires and don't have a problem with ...


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Your comment suggests that these punctures are caused by something (thorns, nails,...?) piercing the tyre wall so the issue probably isn't with the wheel or the rim. So the question is should you change tyres to something more puncture resistant? In my opinion it's only worth changing tyres if the tyre is obviously worn out or is to light weight/low TPI ...


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I own a bike shop and one of the reasons I noticed when a tube is punctured is that the rim tape/strip is not in place properly, like it has folded over itself. If you have ridden your bike for a while, the rivets on the rim may have rusted and they create sharp edges that can puncture your tyre. If this is the case, straighten the rim tape/strip to cover ...


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These are slick tires, so it doesn't really matter. Even if there are rotation marks, they generally have minimal/trivial differences in performance if any on slick road tires for direction of rotation. For tread for things like mountain bike tires, the performance may be different depending on the tread orientation, with how much the tread grabs depending ...


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It sounds like you have a slow leak, either from the valve or from a tiny puncture in the tube, like Batman mentioned in the comments. An easy way to fix this is by simply changing the tube in the front tire. If you've never done this before, this video may help or you can take your bike into your local bike shop and have someone fix it for you. If you ...


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I wanted to disentangle a few concepts here as most discussions around tire tread and wet conditions have typically been in regards to hydroplane/aquaplane, which other answers have correctly indicated is not a general problem for bicycles. While tire tread is not needed to prevent hydroplaning, tire tread can still play a role in traction, explicitly ...


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So why, for the bicycles, smooth tires would be better on wet floor ? Is this from the thickness of the tire ? Yes, that and the relatively high pressure combine to displace water around the tyre. You don't need special features to move the water if it can easily part around the tyre, and the contact patch pressure is high enough that the water ...


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I've only ridden on tubs, have not had a flat in 25 years and I find the gluing process zen like. Never used the tape. I have veloflex Carbon tubs on carbon rims on my Cervelo and various tubs Vittoria, gommitalia, contis, challenge etc on 19 vintage Italian bikes that I ride. Mind you those Italian Steels are babied, not ridden on gravel! I am religious ...


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As a mechanic of 30+ years and owner/operator of MikeFixMyBike in Peterborough, Ontario, here are my thoughts.... Cheap tires result in flats. Period. Look for tires with high tpi (threads per inch) and puncture resistant barriers. For a 26 inch tire, plan on spending over $50 per tire. For a road bike with 700c tires, plan on spending closer to $80 for ...



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