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Sidewall puncture: Should I kiss the tire good bye?(3 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?
Thanks
Brian C.
You'll have more fun if you replace it.Spoke Wrench
Aug 21, 2002 10:12 AM
Otherwise, every time you come to a really thrilling downhill, all you'll be thinking about is "When is that tire going to blow?"
re: Sidewall puncture: Should I kiss the tire good bye?mmquest
Aug 21, 2002 5:07 PM
Don't want to endorse something that could blow on a downhill but...I had some Vittoria Twin Treads that had a hole in the sidewall. I put a piece of plastic (like a piece of a milk jug) over the hole and rode those tires until the tread wore out. I did have a few punctures caused by the piece of plastic but, by enlarge, they were fine.