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Gash in side wall, can I get more miles out of it??(7 posts)

Gash in side wall, can I get more miles out of it??Cartman
May 5, 2001 2:24 PM
Figures, I was just thinking today that it has been a long time since a flat. Well, I should have "knocked on wood". I caught a bent nail on the roadside, it went through the portion of the tire that contacts the road, then through the sidewall of my Michelin Axial super comp. Well, I changed the tube, and folded up a $10 bill (I didn't have anything smaller) and took off. I rode the next 10 miles home, and inspected the tire once at home. It is a small 1/4" gash, and it is not bulging out. The tire has only been on for a few hundred miles. Should I change it, or try to get a few more miles out of it. BTW it is a rear tire.
re: Gash in side wall, can I get more miles out of it??flag
May 5, 2001 2:46 PM
Ride it. I've rode on a gashed and hacked up tire for about 1500 miles. I put pieces of hockey tape in a X configuration on the inside to ensure that the tube won't bulge. The only drawback is you'll be a bit insecure when you really start screaming. If you can deal with this, and an increased potential for a flat, ride it until its dead.
re: Gash in side wall, can I get more miles out of it??Cartman
May 5, 2001 3:24 PM
That's kinda what I was thinking. I'm setting out on a 500 mile charity ride on Monday from Boston to DC, fully supported. I have a new tire that I will take in case this one blows out. I think I'd think a little differently if it was a front tire.
Go for itcoonass
May 5, 2001 3:59 PM
pump it up to 135psi and hit the road....just do loops in the neighborhood so you won't have so far to walk it home.
IS THIS THE MENTALITY OF OUR YOUNGER GENERATION???????????????
If it was me I'd chuck it...DINOSAUR
May 5, 2001 11:38 PM
My rule is if I have a question regarding the condition of a tire, I replace it. The fact that it raises a question for safety should answer your own question. What happens if the boot doesn't hold? A blow out and a possible crash? It's not worth it.
Ride it for a few miles.Allen
May 6, 2001 1:21 AM
Just down to your LBS to pick up a new tire, and no further.
OK, you talked me into it, I changed itCartman
May 6, 2001 7:48 PM
It was worse than I thought, oh well