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Saving a flat tirejoerey
Aug 20, 2003 5:28 PM
I'm a total newbie. Got my first flat - a small tear where the sidewall meets the "meat" of the tire (Bontrager race lites) probably from glass. The bike shop says I should throw it out and get a new tire, but this doesn't sound right to me. I ended up getting the new tire ($35-ouch), but can't the old one be patched somehow? (Sorry for the newbie question.)
Is the casing cut?Kerry Irons
Aug 20, 2003 5:38 PM
If you've cut the threads of the casing, then pitch the tire. You can boot it, but will have a bulge and very rapid wear at that point. If there is no cut to the casing, you might boot it anyway (for peace of mind) and keep riding, no worries. Tyvek (the white "plastic" paper from FedEx envelopes) makes a great tire boot. A little bit of rubber cement keeps the boot in place.
I'm w/Kerry. For everyday riding, though, how about...cory
Aug 21, 2003 7:42 AM
I live in World Headquarters for glass on the roads--it's apparently a teen sport to drive around drinking beer on Friday night and throw your empty six-packs out the window. For everyday riding, how about using cheaper tires? Performance and Nashbar house brands or sale tires are often $10-$15 apiece, and they're not bad.
Aug 21, 2003 10:28 AM
Geez, man, I hope you don't ever switch to tubulars. I've spent $75 on a single good tubular!
Aug 21, 2003 12:29 PM
It's not the $35. The tire was only 2 weeks old, ridden 3 or 4 times, with about 150 miles on it. That's what I mean by "ouch". I wouldn't mind spending $100 if I knew it would last a year or two, or if it were fixable after one little tear.