I've had a few flats , not sure exactly how many, and I have had good luck with chains this year , only one gave me any trouble and that was riding with stosh the power link came apart. I put it back together and it has been fine ever since.
The bikes I went tubeless on have not had any issues at all, so maybe that is a hint.
It is funny Because I am right now in the process of Patching a bunch of tubes.
I am not a religious man, but since I know the allmighty bicycle gods are listening, I will only say this: I do not know how many flats or chain problems I have had, but in light of all the great riding I have been blessed with they were small sacrifices that I made willingly. Amen.
I think I only had two flats this year. What I am psyched about is that I didn't break my chain once! For the couple of years, I was having issues there. I made a conscious effort to stop shifting in the middle of steep climbs.
While I may have flatted I didn't have ANY other mechanicals except for a broken spoke! And I have been riding some very rocky stuff this past year. I thought I would lose at least a derailleur at N*. Been lucky this year!
I've had several flats. Most xc flats, only 1 DH flat (I think that was due to the age of the tube).
Many of the flats were from strange stuff, like breaking some spokes - spoke shoots thru rim strip - into the tube. That happened twice this year.
I haven't had any flats this year, other than a really slow leak after the Snowshoe national. It took me two months to replace that tube because i'm lazy, and because Comp 32's are bastards to get off. I've broken 4 chains, all my fault, though. Tight chains don't seem to like chain growth...
Right now my back tire is needing air every 8 days or so. So i dont know if that counts as a flat or not? i have been filling it when it starts to get mushy. Works pretty good. Waiting to replace the tube when i have enough money to buy a new set of tires. round here we are cursed with an adundance of goatheads.
and they'll pop your tube in an instance. Slime will hardly do them any justice. *sigh*
i must admit i've had a few slow leakers, but they don't count.
i thought it funny as others mention broken parts, i am reminded of my broken seat rail, a broken frame, a broken crank, and a blown up set of hubs/wheels but that's pretty normal for a years worth of riding.
But only one flat, that's pretty strange, especially considering i was running some thin whimpy Kenda Karma tires there for a while.
Too many flats to count, well over a dozen. I had 3 flats in the previous 4 years, this year was just really terrible for me flat-wise. Also 2 broken chains, a rear derailleur, and a rear hub (DT Onyx. twice in three rides. I promptly went to King)