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How do you handle slices in new tires...(14 posts)

How do you handle slices in new tires...brurider
Nov 3, 2002 6:44 PM
I have less than 300 miles on my Vittoria Action Pro Kevlar (700X23)tires and found one limestone pebble imbeded in the rear. I removed the pebble and now I can see the cords in the hole that remains. Probably the Kevlar kept me from flatting (I sure hope so, that's why I bought 'em). Anyway, what does one do now? Any kind of product on the market that can fill the void? Is it ok to run it without concern, or is that skating on thin ice? Kind of hate to buy another new one if I don't have to,there's lots of rubber left on this one. This is my 2nd run in with nasty road stuff and nearly new tires since June. I like the tires but feel the road trash gods are after me.
re: How do you handle slices in new tires...Bruno S
Nov 3, 2002 7:01 PM
Once I had a hole all the way through a brand new Conti 3000. I put some patches in the inside of the tire and filled the hole with glue. Put glue, allowed to dry. Did that several times until the holed filled. Rode the tire for 3000 miles more.
Cash, check or credit cardcory
Nov 3, 2002 7:04 PM
If it's a tiny hole, I might run them...but normally if there's cord showing, I toss 'em. Almost never happens, though, since I quit trying to run skinny racing tires on our crappy roads.
re: How do you handle slices in new tires...Fredrico
Nov 3, 2002 7:18 PM
Don't worry. Even if there's a little prick in the cord, the inner tube will still hold the air--unless you happen to pick up another sharp object in exactly the same spot, which is extremely unlikely. When you get home, just clean out the sand granules or whatever might have gotten in the slice. The kevlar may have deformed, but I'd bet there's no hole in it.

So I would have confidence in the tire. There are rubber compounds that you can mash into the cut, supposedly fusing it shut, but I've never had any luck with the stuff sticking. Usually the cut isn't large enough to make the tire bulge. Watch for bulging, though. If the gash is large enough, it might enlarge on a cheaper tire as you ride. The inner tube might then bulge out and blow. Shouldn't happen on a good Kevlar bead.

Krazy glue.look271
Nov 3, 2002 7:20 PM
I fill the cut with Krazy glue, deflate the tire, and let it dry. Works quite well.
Krazy glue has worked for me also. -nmTig
Nov 3, 2002 8:47 PM
Shoo GooKen of Fresno
Nov 3, 2002 7:31 PM
The stuff is amazing. It's given me hundreds more miles on tires with some small cuts that were too usable to throw away. I'd only use repaired tires on the rear though. That way if it blows you have much less chance of losing control.

Best of luck,
Sorry, make that Shoe Goo (nm)Ken of Fresno
Nov 3, 2002 7:32 PM
re:Second the ShoeGoo and the attention to bulging.dzrider
Nov 4, 2002 5:03 AM
I also boot the inside of the tire with a piece of Tyvek.
I also boot the inside of the tire with a piece of Tyvek.dzrider
Nov 4, 2002 5:03 AM
re: How do you handle slices in new tires...joekm
Nov 4, 2002 5:31 AM
Mine are Conti 3000's and I recently hit something and cut the sidewall. Used a Park repair patch on the inside of the tire and filled the outside of the cut with rubber cement (tried to find Shoe Goo, wound up with "Goop"). Seems to work so far, but I'll probably replace it before the major ride season starts again.
Keep an eye on it ...Gregory Taylor
Nov 4, 2002 8:01 AM
The real worry is whether the carcass of the tire starts to pull apart. Put a boot on the inside, and keep an eye on it. If it starts to bulge, ride home gingerly and then toss the tire.
buy a new tirepmf1
Nov 4, 2002 8:01 AM
It happens. Not much you can do about it. A dollar bill will make a good boot to get home on, but that's a temporary fix. New road trash will just get in there and cause another flat sooner or later. Filling the hole with crazy glue won't work either. It hardens into a glasslike object and just gives you another flat. Anyone who gets away with this has just gotten lucky.
Nov 4, 2002 4:43 PM
The white "synthetic paper" that FedEx and other envelopes are made of. Cut a piece twice as large as you need (perhaps 5x10 cm), fold it double, and put it in the tire under the cut. The tire will likely last until the tread wears out.