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Super glue a cut tire.....yea or nay?(12 posts)

Super glue a cut tire.....yea or nay?yankeeheel
Aug 18, 2003 4:11 AM
I found a nice gash in my Axial Pro. Not quite down to the casing but getting there. I was thinking I could possibly bond it back together with a little crazy glue. Just wanted to check with any all-knowing sages to see if this was a good idea or if there was a better substance to be used.

Aug 18, 2003 6:01 AM
I use superglue for small (2mm or less) cuts in the rubber if I know that the cord (casing) is not damaged. I pump the tire to full inflation to open the cut, apply the glue with a pin or toothpike and then deflate the tire to put the cut under compression, next day it's ready to ride. I don't take chances on larger cuts or cuts through the cord.
Aug 18, 2003 6:06 AM

It's a long but shallow cut. Definitely not in to the casing. I'll give it a go. Thanks.
Branford Bike sells a product called "Treadstop"MR_GRUMPY
Aug 18, 2003 6:18 AM
It's made for repairing nicks and cuts in sew ups, but I can't see why it can't be used for clinchers. It fills the cut, so that grit can't work it's way into the nick and slowly cut through the casing. It's thin, like superglue, and comes in a tube. I usually apply it with a toothpick to the cut.
Aug 18, 2003 6:42 AM
If the cut is large enough, there is probably nothing that will work. I find the eventually the cut just gets larger and larger and I end up chucking the tire. For small cuts I've had good luck with Shoegoo. You have to apply it as soon as the cut appears in a layer that is thicker than the tire thread. I've tried using Super glue and it ends up getting sucked out as the glue hardens like a little pebble. Shoegoo is a rubber compound and works well. I use the black compound (more like dark gray). A tube of Shoegoo will probably last forever, you don't have to use that much. Overnight drying time is all it takes.

Also-some tires seem more apt to cut than others. I stopped using Conti GP3000's because of that reason, but of course a lot of it depends on the roads you ride and other factors.
Shoegoo - Works for me toojrescpa
Aug 18, 2003 8:52 AM
I use it to fill the little nicks - seems to work fine. Good call.
how much is a week in the hospital worth to you?ColnagoFE
Aug 18, 2003 8:28 AM
More than $50? Then buy a new tire. Why risk it?
Not that muchyankeeheel
Aug 18, 2003 10:19 AM
I work in a trauma/surgery ICU. I can't recall seeing any cyclists whose tires unwound. Hit by cars

PS: I'm a cheap bastard.
Use something "Rubbery".......10kman
Aug 18, 2003 11:53 AM
Using superglue is probably okay too, but since you are in a high-stress area, use something with a bit more flex to it. Superglue gets really hard and it will form a little hard spot in the tire (if you use a lot). The rubber stuff (like shoe gu, etc.) will flex with the tire, but yet hold it together.

But, of course, make sure you didn't go through the casing. safety before saving money. tires are cheap, when in doubt, buy a new one.
Use selleys urethane bondSynchronicity
Aug 18, 2003 4:37 PM
It is much more elastic than superglue, but quite a bit more expensive for a tube. Use gloves. DON'T get it on your fingers, you won't be able to get it off for days, and the dirt will literally stick to your fingers and even after washing with every substance known to man, you may have clean enough hands but they'll still look grubby.
re: definetly naywillin
Aug 19, 2003 7:25 AM
Axial Pros are notoriously prone to cuts. If the gash is large enough for you to consider fixing, replace the tire. Tires are meeant to be consumed. Not worth replacing your head if you go down.

Having said that, if you choose to ignore this fundamental advice, go with a "boot" which is a piece of plastic you glue on the inside of the tire where the gash is. You can find these bopots at LBS. Mind you, this is meant to be an emertgency fix for unil you can get home and replace the tire.

Replace the tire...replace the tire

and if you are using Axial Pros you will always have "cut issues". Most folks live with the issue and replace tires, or change to a different tire less likly to be cut.
NOTHING will seucre the gash edges together...davet
Aug 19, 2003 1:34 PM
...ShoeGoo and the rest of the mentioned items will fill the gash so more stuff doesn't enter and make it worse. I fill the little cuts on my tires all the time with ShoeGoo, it works great for that purpose. However, if you have the least bit of concern or questions regarding your safety and the cut tire, like stated before "REPLACE THE TIRE!!" Which hurts more, a lighter wallet or a large patch of road rash?