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Sidewall puncture: Should I kiss the tire good bye?(4 posts)

Sidewall puncture: Should I kiss the tire good bye?RoyGBiv
Aug 21, 2002 10:04 AM
Literally minutes after thinking to myself how well the Vittoria Rubinos had been holding up - maybe I can get another summer out of them, I thought - I hit a stone in a funny way and it punctured the sidewall. The tube went flat immediately. Don't you hate it when this happens?
I've used some rim tape as a boot on the inside of the tire, but you can see the colour of the tape through the eighth-of-an-inch-long slash in the sidewall.
Anyone have experience with this kind of scenario?
Will the tire last another summer?
Or am I now pushing outside the envelope?
Should I get a new tire ahead of this weekend's 80-miler?
Brian C.
re: Sidewall puncture: Should I kiss the tire good bye?jtolleson
Aug 21, 2002 12:13 PM
Trash it. Booting is a good way to get back home but no way to keep riding, IMO.
Tire PatchWheelz
Aug 22, 2002 10:50 AM
If you want to try and save the tire, put a tire patch on it. You can get them from your LBS. They are applied much the same way as a tube patch, but from the inside.
Got a sewing kit. Yes, needle and string.mxb
Aug 27, 2002 6:03 AM
Check this out.

Got a sidewall cut on my kenda koncept lite. Brand new. So
I used my wife's sewing kit to mend the cut and then use a tube patch in the inside just to be safe. I inflated to 110 psi and have ridden with no problems, yet. The tire is in the front.

I call this the out of work, no money repair !!!