08. Februar, 17:11 Uhr
I'm getting super paranoid when I ride these days. Just had my fourth flat in about two weeks. A little history...
My first real bike was a Trek Madone. The wheels were tubeless ready and I did in fact get them tubelessed with Bontrager R3s. Super light road bike, felt very responsive, but I started to crave something else.
Now I ride a Planet X Exocet (time trial bike) with Michelin Pro4 Service Course clinchers. It's definitely a heavier bike, and the weight distribution is much more forward heavy.
I really don't know if time trial geometry (and thus, riding position and weight distribution) could account for this many popped tubes? A lot of people writhe in agony when they think about biking in my city, but I kind of balked at the circumstances when I had my Madone. I had maybe two flats over a year and a half on that bike, did a lot of aggressive bunny hopping on it as well.
This bike, I'm coming up on ten flats in half a year nearly (really learned to change a tire this year, haha). I'm using EVO bike tubes with the Michelin Pro4 Service Course clinchers, inflated to 100 psi, and fairly certain I am installing adequately; checking for any tube that could get pinched by the tire before inflating fully as well as any foreign objects embedded between the tire and tube.
The flats are triggered by potholes or train tracks at speed (understandably), but it's just getting ridiculous to the point where I dismount after every pothole because I have no faith in my tubes anymore.
Is this why group riders tend to point out every single road anomaly to the group? For those of you with time trial bikes, do you get them more on them? Is tubeless actually better at handling potholes/train tracks? Have I just been unlucky/lucky on my Madone?
Thanks for your insight!