I hate punctures…… How to avoid them

So after reading an recent post on www.road.cc which I thought had pretty rubbish advice I thought I would go through a couple of things I have found to be useful to avoid getting a puncture. Please note this is for road cycling.

If you are using clinchers then pinch flats can be quite a common problem. This effectively is where the inner tube gets pinched and presto, you have a yourself a puncture. To avoid this pump your tyres up. There is a lot of advice saying to lower your tyre pressure, 70/80psi is often highlighted but in a recent GCN video the pro’s are running between 120-150psi. Yes lowering your pressure gives you more grip, and yes it can be more comfortable but do you want to puncture. My preference is 100-110psi on some nice wide 25 or 28mm tyres. I have comfort from the tyre width, grip from using good quality tyres and have never pinch punctured!

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We have all been there before
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Good quality puncture resistant tyres also help

Looking where you are going sounds an obvious one for bike riders but making sure your not heading into a small land slide of a pot hole (often the size of a car wheel in the UK) can also avoid pinch punctures.

Quality tyres can have many benefits, more grip, more speed and better puncture resistance. Personally I have found the Continental GP4000sII to be a very good all rounder and Dan Brown (the other Cycling Fratelli) living in London uses the gatorskin version for added protection.

 

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Although this is probably unavoidable

One thing that the article on road.cc mentioned (found here) was don’t ride in the rain. According to road.cc “rain acts as a lubricant and helps flint and glass to slice through the rubber of a tyre”. I would say to this Bull S**t as surely the rain would help firstly help not to pick up any debris, and secondly as a lubricate for debris to slide off the tyre rather than grip and go through your tyre.

 

What are your thoughts? Do you have any puncture avoiding tips?

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  1. Checking your tyres over for any embedded objects every few weeks is a good one. It takes a bit of time but it’s well worth it as bits of flint and glass get stuck in the rubber, then pushed further and further into the casing with each wheel revolution until they reach the tube. Picking them out before that happens can prevent a fair few flats. I don’t do it as often as I should.

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