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Flat Tire - Recurrence

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I had a flat on Sunday - patched it and everything was fine. The next day it was flat again. Took the tube out and inflated it, put it under water, etc, and no leak was detected... Put it back on and it's flat again this morning!!! WTF?<br>
Should I just relpace the tube? I can't figure this out! Maybe it's the valve? I don't know.<br><br>
Any thoughts?
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Tithers was right, when the tire flat, run your fingers around the inside of the tire to find the thing that caused it, sometimes they are hidden and you have to dig them out. Look at the location of the flat and inspect the rim and rim strip in that area for a sharp burr or something like that, finally maybe the patch job didn't hold.<br><br>
I'd replace the tube and get on with life, but check the tire before you remount it, if there are a lot of cuts in it, replace the tire also.
I have used the gatorskins, they are a nice riding tire but a little prone to cuts on the sidewall, the Armadillos have been redesigned, the old ones were bulletproof but rode and handled like a garden hose, while the new ones are more like normal tires. I'm using the Bontrager Hard Case tires this winter and they have been decent, I got a couple flats the other day, but our roads are pretty tough. I expect I just got maybe 500 miles out of the rear and I'm going to pitch it due to lots of cuts.<br><br>
You need to learn to change a tire if you are going to ride a bike. Calling one's spouse for a pickup isn't a long term workaround, as I have mentioned to my spouse...
I mean the old ones that had a redish sidewall and a wire bead. They were so amazingly slow, plus that actually wore into a square shape and "crabbed" around corners, plus the hard rubber made them ride like a jackhammer. They never went flat though, which is good becuase they were difficult to mount out in the cold.
My wife can change a tire, though not on the car. I teach my son to always stop when he sees a woman with car troubles, he'll be a sexist just like his old man I guess.
I really want my son to show an extra measure of respect to women, above and beyond what he shows to all people and I want my daughter to expect that of the man she picks. If that makes me a caveman, then fine.<br><br>
It is funny that my son loves to come out in the garage and help out with the floor jack and the air wrench when we swap out the snow tires and my daughter wants to play with her pink princess costume, it's strange how girly she is despite our efforts..
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