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Ride It or Toss It?: 1/8" hole in tire casing(9 posts)

Ride It or Toss It?: 1/8" hole in tire casingSpectre
Aug 21, 2001 7:50 AM
I rode over a nail yesterday which ripped a 1/8" hole in my tire casing and a 1/4" cut on the tire. After replacing the tube, there is a bulge on the tire where the hole is located. Should I just trash the tire or is it rideable? It's a relatively new Michelin Axial Pro & I'd hate to just throw it away, but if it's dangerous to ride it, getting a new tire is isn't that big of a deal.

As a side rant, why are there so many lazy people in this world? I'm sure that most people respect public property, but it's the few bad apples that ruin things for everyone else. Why are people so lazy that they leave their junk (i.e. nails) on the side of the street and throw their empty beer bottles out their car windows. Do they really think someone else (their mother, maybe?) is going to come by and clean up their mess? I used to live in New York City and found it so ironic that I'd hear so many people complain about how dirty the city was and yet everyday I'd see people drink their coffee while walking down the sidewalk and then just toss the empty cup in the gutter.
Quick answer....Toss the tire!Cima Coppi
Aug 21, 2001 7:54 AM
Don't put yourself at risk of blowing another tube in a potencially dangerous situation (i.e. a decent or corner).

As far as the lazyness issue, there are as many reasons for lazyness as there are people in this country. I won't go any further with this one.

CC
Toss it...DINOSAUR
Aug 21, 2001 8:00 AM
My experience is whenever have a concern over the condition of a tire I worry about it throughout my ride, especially on the descents. Also-cuts I have doubts on usually grow larger and larger, and my concern turns out to be true, it's not worth the risk. I hate to chuck almost new tires, but's that's one of the little hassles of riding. I see stuff laying on the road all the time, usually I stop and pick them up. Reminds me of a nail I saw the other day, today I'll stop unless some poor motorist hasn't sucked it up already...
I agreeSpoke Wrench
Aug 21, 2001 10:57 AM
It's kind of like locking your car. If you think about whether you need to replace that tire, you have to do it. If you don't and you have a blow out, you'll feel like an idiot.
Easy answerElefantino
Aug 21, 2001 7:32 PM
Your tire can be replaced easily and cheaply. You can't.
I speak from experience (almost, thank goodness), having ruined my 5200 in an unfortunate incident with an on-the-road tree branch (7-man paceline, lead called it out, six got out of the way; guess who was No. 7?) but escaped (!) with only a broken neck, broken nose and a new face thanks to the wonders of plastic surgery. (I asked for Mel Gibson but the docs said they weren't that talented.).
Buy a new tire. And hammer a few extra miles for me until I can climb back on my new saddle in a few months.
Wow!DINOSAUR
Aug 21, 2001 8:31 PM
When did you crash? I can share your pain, I crashed last year, but mine was not as nearly as bad as yours. Get well soon!

Dino Man
Wow!Elefantino
Aug 22, 2001 6:20 AM
Thanks for asking! Date was this July 7. Intensive care for a week and then I caused such a fuss about wanting to go home they kicked me out of the hospital. Spinal cord injury was serious but only affected my arms and hands, and the feeling is coming back slowly but surely. Have a neck collar that I have to wear 24/7 for at least three months (yuck). I'm riding my Trek (it broke, sent it back to the factory and gave me my choice of paint colors...I chose Postal!) on the stationary trainer, standing straight up, in the meantime.
Nothing will keep me from hammering on the road again!
Wow!DINOSAUR
Aug 22, 2001 9:48 AM
One thing I found is when I came back (and I gave thought to stop cycling) is that I enjoy it so much more. I just take one day at a time and enjoy every single moment. Maybe that's why I like to stop in the middle of a ride and take everything in.
I know injury sucks, I was on pain medication for awhile and about the only thing I could do was sit in my recliner and watch TV and doze off.
Good luck on your recovery, keep us posted.
Dino
Thanks! (nm)Elefantino
Aug 22, 2001 7:23 PM