- Anyone else having an absolute puncture fest at the moment?
Front and back tyres after the last ride a fortnight ago, front tyre went about 7-8 miles from home today, and while fixing that spotted a very large thorn in the rear tyre that had the decency to not deflate while riding home, as I have no tubes left.
I do have half a dozen in the garage awaiting a patch though now…. 😕Posted 4 years agotomasoSubscriber
Not running tubeless but dual plys and one puncture this year – last Wednesday but I really smacked the crap out of the BW back to Grizedale visitors centre and rode with with all the grace of an elephant on ketamine. Strangley it was a thorn shaped puncture hole when I thought it would be a rare pinch?Posted 4 years agoSuggseyMember
Thats why I went to tubeless too!! I just did a swap over of wheels and the rear tyre must have had thirty plus thorns through it. Took some time to remove them all after all rip a hole and require patch/tube as a get me home a tube wouldnt last long!Posted 4 years ago
Only had one real serious loss of front wheel pressure using ghetto set up resulting in crash (thankfully padded up with body armour as it was at Antur on the black run) which has led to me swapping to proper UST rims and tyres for bead security.
Never going back to tubes though-too many local thorns.MoreCashThanDashSubscriber
Can’t bring myself to go tubeless, but more tempted today!
I’d actually had a pretty puncture free year up till the last month, think it’s the twigs and branches brought down by the recent winds and a sudden outburst of hedge trimming by farmers
@nickwatson – similar areas to you, I’m DE7 Ilkeston way. Couple of weeks back I was collecting thorns on the bridleways through your part of the world riding up to Sherwood, today we went down to Derby and followed the river and cycle/towpaths through to Beeston and back.
To be fair, if you ride just behind me, the path should be pretty clear as all the thorns are in my tyres.Posted 4 years agohaggis1978Member
Had a few punctures recently and more than a few mechanicals as well. I have a few bikes and went for years without any real problems but recently ive had nothing but problems with brakes, rear shocks, gearing, tyre side walls etc etc. Costing me a bloody fortune!!Posted 4 years agophiltricklebankSubscriber
Yep. October and November have been a right PITA. It started with a tubeless puncture that wouldn’t seal on the last lap of Dusk til Dawn, and the puncture pixies have been plaguing several family bike rides for a couple of months. Three out of four bikes and both wheels on each after a thorny Lakeland BW emptied me of two packs of Rema patches, followed by similar trailside nonsense in the White Peak a few weeks later. I think making the7 year old’s bike tubeless would be taking things a little far! Cost me a few places in October’s trailquest. The 3 snake bites on a single local one hour ride one afternoon (probably poor technique before you say it) during a brief tubeless free period were fun, and that was November out with a last gasp. This month has been well behaved so far [touches wood – snigger!]Posted 4 years agosomafunkSubscriber
I dunno why folk bother riding with tubes these days, i’ve been riding tubeless (ghetto duct tape/latex to start with) since 2004 and i’ve never had to repair a puncture, i’ve had one sidewall tear in that time but i’d have that to deal with if i ran tubes anyway – get yourself a roll of narrow gorilla tape, clean your rims with isopropyl alcohol or disc brake cleaner, wrap the rim with one layer of tape, trim the excess if it rises into the sidewall bead area and fit a tubeless valve, fit a decent tyre and slosh in 100ml tyre gunk of your choice – go ride.Posted 4 years ago
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