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Old 06-17-19, 07:34 AM
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how often & how well do you inspect your tires?

after riding thru so much road debris on Friday I got to thinking how often & how well do I inspect my tires. & I couldn't remember the last time I did so. so I put on some closeup over the counter eyeglasses & gave them a closeup inspection. they looked OK, whew!
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Old 06-17-19, 07:55 AM
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I check my tires almost every time I get a flat.

Which isn't very often.
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Old 06-17-19, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Skipjacks View Post
I check my tires almost every time I get a flat.

Which isn't very often.
Or in other words, not very often and not very well. At least after I find the wire or bit of glass.

I can't tell you how many times I've had a flat and found glass bits stuck in the visible tire threads. In my defense, there's not much tire you can see under a full fender in the rear.
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Old 06-17-19, 12:46 PM
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About once a week. My situation is a bit different than most. I roll my commuter right through the hospital and into the elevator up to my office on the second floor. Because of this, I am extremely vigilant about keeping my bike spotlessly clean. I wipe down EVERYTHING with a microfiber towel and either Pledge or Windex Multi Surface Vinegar every few days. I have the cleanest 17k mile commuter you'll ever see. As part of my routine, I inspect my tires and remove glass chips, wire bits, or anything that looks like trouble. Admittedly, it's a bit over-the-top but it keeps me out of trouble with staff and bicycle surprises.


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Old 06-17-19, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
Or in other words, not very often and not very well.
Yup.

That was exactly what I getting at.
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Old 06-17-19, 01:43 PM
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I don't check mine very often, either. Flats are infrequent, and 38-42mm tires don't wear very fast.
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Old 06-17-19, 01:54 PM
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Not as often as I probably should. Glad I'm not alone.
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Old 06-17-19, 02:03 PM
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At the end of every ride. I've found glass and screws in my tires and luckily, removed them before they eventually punctured through to the tube.
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Old 06-17-19, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
...there's not much tire you can see under a full fender in the rear.
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Old 06-17-19, 05:08 PM
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I give them a quick look-see about every 3rd flat or so. Why? Is something wrong with my tires?
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Old 06-17-19, 06:43 PM
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I know this is in the commuting forum, but I check them after every ride. Wiping down the tires is part of my maintenance after every ride. Doing this has enabled me to find defects not associated with flats, such as separation and bubbling under the tread that could have caused a catastrophic failure at speed.
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Old 06-17-19, 07:03 PM
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Not very often and not very well. The last time I had to change a rear flat I saw how worn out the tire was, with all kinds of little nicks and cuts, and the balding track. I probably had close to 10,000 km on it. So needless to say it was time to change it.

Yeah, I agree about not seeing the rear tire under full fenders. Easier to see the front.
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Old 06-17-19, 07:11 PM
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I wipe mine down and check for debris... after pretty much every ride. But I'm not a commuter, I'm a guy who rides 200 miles a week for no reason. I also don't ride on armored commuter tires, so there's that.
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Old 06-17-19, 08:41 PM
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After riding in the rain which tends to attract more debris so this month, about 10 times so far. Very rainy month of June here.
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Old 06-18-19, 07:37 AM
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Every time I get back on the pavement from dirt. Not super thorough. A slow roll checking each tire. This is goathead season. It's still easy to miss wires, staples and small pieces of glass.
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Old 06-18-19, 04:31 PM
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Depends on how often I'm bored while waiting around for my GF... so pretty often, actually.
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Old 06-18-19, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by locolobo13 View Post
Every time I get back on the pavement from dirt. Not super thorough. A slow roll checking each tire. This is goathead season. It's still easy to miss wires, staples and small pieces of glass.
Haven't tried it but wonder if lightly passing a cotton ball over the tire would show if something is sticking out of the tire thread... I know it works well AFTER the puncture to see if there is something still protruding INTO the tube but never tried it on the outside. Might not work very well on threaded tired though, probably better on slick one.
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Old 06-18-19, 07:19 PM
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Like others said, when I get a flat, or when I'm bored, or on a rainy Sunday morning... not too often.
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Old 06-18-19, 09:33 PM
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When checking my tire pressures once a week (on my commuter Velomobile) I check my wheels for trueness, check and clean my tire treads of debris, and check my spokes for breakage or looseness. On my mountain bikes or regular road bike I rarely check the tires for debris, they are tubeless and rarely get a flat.
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Old 06-23-19, 12:48 PM
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Not often or well enough. Got a flat last week, found and removed the tiny piece of metal embedded in the tire, fixed the flat after running some tissues inside to find snags, rode home. Next morning it was flat again. {sigh}
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Not often or well enough. Got a flat last week, found and removed the tiny piece of metal embedded in the tire, fixed the flat after running some tissues inside to find snags, rode home. Next morning it was flat again. {sigh}
Well let that be a lesson to you mister. CHECK YOUR TIRES REGULARLY. I know I prevented a couple of flats when I found the glass, screw and spur embedded in mine and removed them BEFORE they punctured through to the tube. 🙃
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Old 06-23-19, 11:05 PM
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
Well let that be a lesson to you mister. CHECK YOUR TIRES REGULARLY. I know I prevented a couple of flats when I found the glass, screw and spur embedded in mine and removed them BEFORE they punctured through to the tube. 🙃
That's "ma'am" to you, young whipper-snapper. As has been mentioned upthread, it's difficult to see the rear tire under fenders.
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Old 06-23-19, 11:28 PM
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Originally Posted by SylvainG View Post
Haven't tried it but wonder if lightly passing a cotton ball over the tire would show if something is sticking out of the tire thread... I know it works well AFTER the puncture to see if there is something still protruding INTO the tube but never tried it on the outside. Might not work very well on threaded tired though, probably better on slick one.
I think the little wires get pushed flush with the tire and canít easily be detected on the outside even with cotton. I canít feel them with my finger and doubt youíd find them with cotton.

I donít check mine regularly and had my first flat in 6 months today and it was a pinch. Pumped my tire before I left for my ride with my sunglasses on and misread the gauge. Tires were 15psi low.
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Funny I see this. Bought some new tires yesterday (marathon plus) for my cross check. When swapping tires found the oem front tire had some pretty deep cracks, or what looked like small cuts in a 6 inch section. Just a reminder to regularly check my tires.
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Originally Posted by gregf83 View Post
I think the little wires get pushed flush with the tire and canít easily be detected on the outside even with cotton. I canít feel them with my finger and doubt youíd find them with cotton.

I donít check mine regularly and had my first flat in 6 months today and it was a pinch. Pumped my tire before I left for my ride with my sunglasses on and misread the gauge. Tires were 15psi low.
Yep; my last flat the piece of metal was completely flush with the tire; I found it by visual inspection.
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