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tightwad tire question(12 posts)

tightwad tire questiontarwheel
Apr 10, 2002 4:29 AM
I had a flat several weeks ago using a nearly brand new Michelin Axial Pro. The flat was on the front tire, from a rock that cut the sidewall. The cut is about 1/4 inch long and goes all the way through the sidewall, near the point where it joins the main tread. I got home alright (40 miles) using a dollar for a tire boot and by not filling the tire to full pressure.

Anyway, my question is: Should I just throw away the tire, or could I somehow glue the cut closed and continue to use the tire? I would not even consider using the tire on the front again, but was wondering if there was some sort of repair that would make it usable on the rear. I don't have a trainer or rollers, so can't make use of the tire otherwise. Since these tires generally cost $30-50 (although I bought mine on sale for $20), I hate to just throw it away. Lots of tread left because it was on the front with only about 400 miles of use.
tires are cheaper than medical bills!floatch
Apr 10, 2002 4:35 AM
Personally, I wouldn't risk riding a tire on the road with a 1/4" cut. I would boot it and ride home, but I wouldn't ride it again. Maybe now is a good time to buy a trainer! A new tire for the road is a must, however.
That's the breakspmf1
Apr 10, 2002 4:38 AM
Probably not much you can do about it. Had the same thing happen with a Conti Grand Prix some time ago. The day I put it on, it got slit on a piece of glass. Really sucks. Any glue you put into the tire will harden over time and give you another flat. Using the tire will probably result in more flats as well. Tubes aren't cheap either ... might as well cut your losses and pitch it.

Where did you find Axial Pros for $20? Are they green 20's? In general, I've had good luck with Axial Pros.
That's the breakstarwheel
Apr 10, 2002 4:57 AM
Several places had Axial Pros on sale in the fall for about $20, but I can't find any now. The one that got cut was a green one I got from Performance for $21. I only bought one because I had 2 used ones I could swap onto the rear and use the good tire in front. Should have bought several at that price. I also picked up 3 black Axial Pros for $22 each at Chucksbikes.com about the same time. Chucks had the green APs for $20 at that time. All of the tires I got were 700 x 23.
Thanks ...pmf1
Apr 10, 2002 5:09 AM
I remember that sale at Chuck's and remember missing it. Performance often has good deals, but they're usually selling 20's, not 23's. My tire box is getting empty, I need to find a deal on some Axial Pros, or possibly Contis.
Contis ...tarwheel
Apr 10, 2002 5:21 AM
You can get good prices on Conti GP 3000s at www.labicicletta.com/wheels.html ($29). About the same prices at totalcycling.com, but the shipping costs will get you unless you buy a lot of tires or other stuff (they throw in some free tubes, tho). Labicicletta also will sell Axial Pros for $28.50 if you buy them in bulk.

If you don't mind trying something new, Performance has had the Ritchey road tires on sale for about $20. Also the Michi Hi-Lite Prestige tires are generally on sale there for about $20 and they handle just about as well as Axial Pros and wear better (if you don't mind the red sidewalls).
Contis ...pmf1
Apr 10, 2002 6:17 AM
I've bought lots of stuff from Labicicletta (including a LS Ultimate frame). I am considering a case of tires from them ... but $285 is a pretty good chunk of change for rubber. Any experiances with Conti 3000? I swore off Conti tires years ago after several bad incidents with the Grand Prix. Nice tires, but prone to cuts -- too soft. Are the 3000's any better in this respect? They come in cooler colors than Michelin (which is very important).

I've used the cheaper Michelin Hi-Lites in the past (when they were blue). I don't like them as well. They tend to get hard and not handle well.
Contis ...tarwheel
Apr 10, 2002 7:09 AM
I've got the GP 3000s on my backup bike. With about 500 miles, they are not showing much wear. The Contis seem to handle very similar to Axial Pros. They have a tread, in contrast to Axial Pros, so you notice the wear more. I've heard that Contis used to be famous for sidewall cuts, but I think the newer ones have thicker sidewalls. They do come in lots of nice colors if that's an issue. I have tried a lot of different tires over the past couple years and keep coming back to Axial Pros. It's a pain switching brands because the front tire wears so much less than the back. It's simpler just to move the front tire to the back, and then put the new one on front. If I switch brands, then the tires are mismatched. So, more and more, I tend to buy a bunch of tires when I find them on sale real cheap. I don't think you would be disappointed with the Conti 3000s, but you might want to try a pair before buying a bunch of them.
GP 3000s are $19.73 ea from www.sdeals.com (nm)ColnagoFE
Apr 10, 2002 9:13 AM
Wow ... pretty cheap .... is postage a lot? (nm)pmf1
Apr 10, 2002 10:39 AM
Not bad...though you'll want to order in quantityColnagoFE
Apr 10, 2002 12:01 PM
to make it worth it. I bought a pair of Record Pro Fit pedals for a really good price there and thought I'd throw in a pair of tires while i was at it. think the shipping for that was around $10-15.
re: tightwad tire questionJS Haiku Shop
Apr 10, 2002 9:41 AM
a friend of mine actually returned a pair of vittoria action hsd tires after 350 miles of use because they were cutting pretty regular in the tread.

ok, it was me.

nashbar took them back without a second thought, and even paid for return shipping. can you dig that? they don't much pay for return shipping anymore, but that's one o'the reasons i like dealing with nashbar.