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Hello all,

I am looking forward to the national this weekend, and am trying to prepare what to carry with me (no minder for me).

Usually I carry a drink holder with two 500ml bottles of water, a few cliff bar snacks, and an allen wrench multi tool, and nothing else.

So far (touch wood) I have not had to fix anything on my bike during an event, but I am warned about the possibility of flat tires during the event.

I was thinking of replacing one of my drink bottles with a spare tube, pump, some tire turds, and a turd insertion tool.

My question is, if I take it easy on the loop and can keep from getting a pinch flat, am I really that likely to get a flat from cactus needles?

Am I being over-paranoid?

Thanks, Jon

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The cactus is pretty mean. It's cleared pretty well but if you get off course you could run thru some. I run sealer in the front. It helps, but it doesn't work great with low pressure. The rear seems to hold up much better than the front. I ride there almost every weekend and rarely get a flat. I wouldn't worry about a pinch flat on most of the loop.

See ya there, Kerry

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The cactus is pretty mean. It's cleared pretty well but if you get off course you could run thru some. I run sealer in the front. It helps, but it doesn't work great with low pressure. The rear seems to hold up much better than the front. I ride there almost every weekend and rarely get a flat. I wouldn't worry about a pinch flat on most of the loop.

See ya there, Kerry

Well, that makes me feel better... a national event is hard enough, for me, without adding to the challenge!! I always seem to be pressed for time at the end of the day for some reason.

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