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Any ideas for fixing cuts in tires?(12 posts)

Any ideas for fixing cuts in tires?Stinky Hippie
Feb 20, 2003 7:09 PM
I've been thinking of either trying superglue, or caulk or.......???

I'd rather not throw out these tires, but there are a couple of cuts that inevitably get plugged with glass, pebbles etc. and of course, flats are imminent when that happens.

thanks for any input

Feel the gin
re: Any ideas for fixing cuts in tires?gybeho
Feb 20, 2003 7:16 PM
Buy new tires for the road. Use the junkers on your mag trainer.
re: Any ideas for fixing cuts in tires?........GOOP!davet
Feb 20, 2003 7:38 PM
Any type of Goop, Shoe Goop, Plumber's Goop, etc., works great for fillng the small cuts on tires and preventing further incursions of junk. I use it on all my tires with great success.
dollar billctisevn
Feb 20, 2003 7:57 PM
if its a small enough cut a dollar bill makes an effective tire boot. I rode a tire with a 1/2 inch cut booted with a $1 bill on a mt bike for a slew of miles. or of course you could use...a tire boot.
Super Glue works finedeHonc
Feb 20, 2003 8:00 PM

If the cut is less than 1.5cm long - you can fill the slit with super glue, then deflate tire - hold together for a minute - then reniflate. The tire should be fixed - check the tire after riding 10 or so km's - if still holding up, as it should - you can do anything on them - I race on tires with several slits fixed this way and the tires are fine.

re: Any ideas for fixing cuts in tires?DINOSAUR
Feb 20, 2003 8:03 PM
I haven't had very good luck using Super Glue. It works O.K. if you apply it while the tire is inflated and let it overflow a tad. After you ride for a couple of days it wears off level with the tire. The trouble is I'm used to sweeping my tires with my gloves while riding and it sucks the Super Glue right out of the cut, sort of like a piece of gravel. I might try Plumbers goo next, I have some of that on hand. Lot's of glass on the roads lately, must be beer drinking season......I've had good luck (knock on wood) with Conti 4 Seasons, others tires flatten, the 4-Seasons seem to hold up better.....
re: Any ideas for fixing cuts in tires?gtx
Feb 20, 2003 10:05 PM
Shylock? Is that you? Saw the "feel the gin" sig. I used to post as Hank at

With regards to tires--when in doubt, throw it out. Or at the least put in on the rear wheel.
Hank! Wonderin' what happened to ya....Stinky Hippie
Feb 21, 2003 6:10 AM
.....You and YBTodd are both gone! what happened?

Still writing? I've been sticking to medical journals for the most part but got a gig last summer writing a couple of profiles for a college guide.

As far as the tires go, I'll take your wisdom into account. The shoe goo thing actually sounds promising . I considered doing it before, but I remember the Goo itself being kinda sticky. Thought maybe it would attract even more glass.

Feel the gin
Hank! Wonderin' what happened to ya....gtx
Feb 21, 2003 7:43 AM
well, haven't been riding the mtb as much. Still writing, but no more freelance--went FTE until the economy picks up and the freelance market returns.
Shoe goo works for me.dzrider
Feb 21, 2003 5:20 AM
As long as the tire doesn't bump up around the cut I fill the cut with Shoe Goo and boot the inside with tyvek from an old race number. If there's a bump, I save it for the trainer or throw it away.
Thanks for the input, folks....Stinky Hippie
Feb 21, 2003 6:12 AM
I'm off to Lowes.

Feel the gin
re: Any ideas for fixing cuts in tires?Leak
Feb 21, 2003 4:30 PM
I tried super glue...that works okay, but what I've found really works well is Shoe Goo. I figured that if you can fix a tennis shoe sole with it and use that shoe for many more months, then a little cut in a tire should not be a problem for it either. Plus, you can smooth it over the cut more easily and it stays elastic to some extent.

I also use Shoe Goo to patch/protect the edges of my saddles.