# Flat Tires

1. May 23, 2005

### zoobyshoe

I had a flat last week. Today I just went and got the spare fixed, so I'll be ready for the next flat. I get about two flats a year. That seems high compared to most people I know. The reason I have so many is that most of then come from driving my pickup to the landfill where there are always plenty of sharp things burried in the gravel to puncture a tire. It has never been a sudden blow out; always a slow leak. The day after I go to the landfill, I find a tire has deflated.

How many flats do you get a year?

2. May 23, 2005

Normally, none. My back left tire has a very slow leak (rim defect). Unfortunately, since I haven't driven in over a year, it's now flat. When I want to put it back on the road, I'll have to get my friend to bring his compressor over. I don't carry a spare, and probably couldn't change it if I did. My car has 33" Trailblazer tires that weigh about 85 lbs and cost over $400 each. I don't even know if my bottle jack would lift the thing high enough to change one, but I for sure don't have the space to carry as spare or the money to buy one. Have you considered the puncture-resistant type? 3. May 23, 2005 ### zoobyshoe No. I content myself by vowing each and every time I'll never go to the landfill again. 4. May 23, 2005 ### Danger And we know how good you are at keeping your vows. Your wife doesn't read this, does she? :uhh: 5. May 23, 2005 ### zoobyshoe I have a wife?!?! Why didn't someone e-mail me?!?! 6. May 23, 2005 ### hypatia Ive only had one blow out{scary} and one slow leak. I buy new tires every fall, then have them take the best of the old tires and mount it for the spare. The one time I had the blow out the spare was flat! 7. May 23, 2005 ### brewnog My family (5 cars covering a total of about 65,000 miles a year) have on average one puncture a year. 8. May 23, 2005 ### Danger Was this at legal speed, or at Hypatia speed? Incontinence can be such a nuisance at our age... Last edited: May 23, 2005 9. May 23, 2005 ### Huckleberry I don't get many flat tires now, but I had them all the time while living in Arizona. Driving on the washboard dirt roads (rocky roads is more like it) and across washes took a heavy toll on my little escort hatchback. I'd grind up my tires on those steep rocky slopes all the time. And the mesquite thorns and random junk that, for some reason, people seem intent on throwing out in the most pristine of places blew my tires out all the time. I would say about one or two a month. I just got them patched up for 5$, or I could get a new used tire for about 5\$ from some junkyard near the Mexican border.

10. May 23, 2005

### zoobyshoe

Very sensible and cautious. I'm so remarkably unconcerned about anything to do with my truck unless it threatens to prevent it from operating at all.

11. May 23, 2005

### hypatia

I went back to steel rims and the "Incontinence" went away.
and Hypatias speed always!

12. May 23, 2005

### zoobyshoe

That is excellent, (compared to me). The Mexican guys at the shop where I get my flats fixed have taken to saying, "See you next time!"

13. May 23, 2005

### Danger

Not to mention all of those rattlesnake bites...

Must make it hard to sit down.

Good girl! I knew you wouldn't let me down.

14. May 23, 2005

### brewnog

Yeah, I guess all our roads are tarmac, and we have diddy cars. The longest single journeys we do are almost always under 400 miles too, which has to be peanuts compared to you Americans right?

15. May 23, 2005

### Danger

16. May 23, 2005

### zoobyshoe

OK, folks, I think we have found the flat tire king.

17. May 23, 2005

### brewnog

Small cars. We may have 5 (family of 4) but the biggest is still small.

18. May 23, 2005

### brewnog

Holy crap!

I wouldn't be happy with one a month, at £60 a pop...

19. May 23, 2005

### zoobyshoe

We can drive for two weeks straight in the same direction without stopping if we want to, I suppose, but there's a point where people say, "Screw that," and take a plane. In general, the quality of the local roads makes more difference than the mileage to how many flats you get. Huckleberry's story underscores that.

20. May 23, 2005

### brewnog

Yeah, I was just going on the idea that if you were driving really long distances, you'd be doing them on big fast roads where you're more likely to run over some truck debris, or a hedgehog or something. But I guess if you're in the sticks with no paved roads for miles then it's understandable.

Here's a question. It's a bit of a dream of mine. Bear in mind I haven't researched this yet, and know little of US car laws or owt.

If I flew to the east coast somewhere, and bought/rented/stole a car, how long would it take me to drive to the west coast? I really want to do a trans-America road trip, on my own. I'd just take a tent, a camera, some gaffer tape and zip ties. I probably wouldn't go as the crow flies, and I'd want to stop and have a look around, but how long would I want to allow myself?

21. May 23, 2005

I had a flat tyre today! Came out from work and there it was - flat as a pancake. A 3-4mm diameter piece of iron was sticking out of the sidewall. It rarely happens though.

However, I used to be a motorcycle courier in London and as we spent all day riding up the sides of traffic queues and in the gutter, you could pick up a flat tyre every 2 weeks or so. My worst case was 3 flats in 4 days, but that was exceptional!

22. May 23, 2005

### Danger

That was something that the ex-from-hell had to explain to me about your conditions over there. She was telling me about going to visit someone and it was a 7-hour drive. I looked at the map, and asked her what the hell she was talking about because I could make it in an hour. (It was about 130 miles. My Roadrunner topped out at 160mph, but cruised quite comfortably at 140.) Once she pointed out what English roads are like, I backed off real quick.

23. May 23, 2005

### zoobyshoe

Two weeks absolute minimum.

24. May 23, 2005

### zoobyshoe

It's so much better when you come out and find them deflated, than when they go quickly while driving. I can live with a slow deflation.