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First flat tire in over 1200 miles

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Yesterday, I got my first flat tire ever on the Long Haul Trucker. There was a bunch of glass on the road that I couldn’t avoid. I rolled right over it, and at first everything seemed OK. But within a few minutes, my rear tire went flat. I was only two blocks from home at this point, so I just walked home. I have yet to fix it, but there is an obvious shard of glass sticking out of the tire. Hopefully, it’ll be easy to find and patch the hole.

I still have the stock tires on the bike, Continental Contacts (700×37). So far, these have been great tires. I am amazed that I have gone so long without a puncture — I have ridden through and over all kinds of glass, rocks, sticks, thorns, etc., on and off the road. They don’t exactly have a cushy ride, but traction is great and the puncture protection seems to work very well. When it comes time to replace them, I’m going to have a hard time deciding whether to get more Contacts, or try to find something a little more supple that still has puncture protection.

Of course, now I’m bracing myself for a bunch more flat tires. These things usually come in groups. At the beginning of last year, I got flat tires on three or four consecutive rides. I hope I don’t repeat that string of bad luck.

2 Responses to “First flat tire in over 1200 miles”

  1. Tim Says:

    Interesting on the Contacts. I have a pair of those in the 26×1.75 size that were on my LHT, but I had several flats, and one far from home that was caused by almost nothing of consequence. I traded out for the ‘Travel’ Contacts and have had better luck.

  2. Marty Says:

    At least you were close to home when it happened – and I hope you break your streak of ‘groups of flats’. That’s not a good fear to keep around.

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