Actually, I can do the same thing, and I live in the U.S. If you flatten a tire or bend a rim, or whatever from hitting potholes, wether you're in a car, truck, or bike, the city (or county depending on jurisdiction) will usually fix your vehicle since it is their responsibility to keep the roads in good condition. I used to work for the county, and I know of a few times where they bought someone a new tire because a pothole flattened it.
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