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Blown sidewall...(15 posts)

Blown sidewall...Ride-Fly
Mar 30, 2003 5:26 PM
happened on my first crash aboard my new bike. Not too bad a crash but the first time in over 12 years where my body hit the pavement (had a SPECTACULAR crash about a year ago but fortunatetly I never hit the ground). So I blew out my sidewall when I hit the sidewalk and was wondering what is the standard method of roadside repair when something like that happens. Fortunately for me I had a $20 bill in my cell phone cover and used it to "patch" the shredded tire and slowly rode my way home. I have heard of a "boot" but I don't think I have ever seen them in shops. Is it a piece of rubber similar to the side of a tire or something else?? If it is piece of a tire, would it make sense to make your own boots by cutting up an old tire??? Luckily I just happen to have an old blown tire! :^) Thanks and Ride ON!!!
Mar 30, 2003 5:56 PM
Yes, a boot is made from an old tire. Cut up your blown tire into sections, maybe 4 inches in lenghth. You will need to trim the bead off that is used to mount the clincher in the wheel. It works very well and gives me a little more piece of mind versus a dollar bill or bar wrapper.

Glad to hear you weren't hurt.
Thank katie, one more questionRide-Fly
Mar 30, 2003 6:04 PM
when you put in the boot, do you use rubber cement as if you were patching a tube??? Thanks and Ride ON!!
Disregard my additional question, wasn't really thinking...Ride-Fly
Mar 30, 2003 6:13 PM
I suppose if one wanted to continue to using a blown sidewall tire (even with a boot), one would use rubber cement. But why the heck would anyone want to do that??? I was scared shi'ite-less that my tire would obliterate itself when I was descending!!! Ride ON!!!
He! He!katie1
Mar 31, 2003 7:18 AM
I wasn't sure why needed rubber cement but now I understand what you were thinking. I have only used this trick once and I didn't have any problems keeping the boot in place since it is the same shape of the tire. The post farther down has a good point. I wouldn't pump it up beyond 80-90 psi. It is enough air to get you going. From my personal experience, I was able to complete another 50 miles on it.
Extra Piece of rim stripteoteoteo
Mar 30, 2003 6:17 PM
I also suggest cutting a few strips of extra Velox cloth rim strip and keep them taped on top of existing rim strip.

They are easy to use in a hurry as the adhesive helps them stay in place. Cut pieces of tire works too but I hate carrying too much and as you mentioned but the last thing I feel like doing on the side of the road is fighting a feisty boot....

extra dollar bill...russw19
Mar 30, 2003 7:45 PM
I always keep a couple extra one dollar bills in my seat bag. You never know when you are gonna bonk and need a soda or a snickers bar, or have to boot a tire. Dollars are fiber threaded paper and extremely tough. You can fold them up to the size you need and just lick it and stick it in place. If you are fast enough, when you put the new tube in, the boot will stay in place. And a dollar boot will hold at least 80 psi which will get you home.

Park makes a temporary adhesive sidewall patch as well (nm)joekm
Mar 31, 2003 5:36 AM
Option #2coonass
Mar 31, 2003 6:41 AM
Katie's remedy is the best....also you can purchase a 1½" x 15' roll of chainstay protector from CC for about $ has an adhesive side (w/pull-off cover) so that it will stay in place while inserting your can roll up a couple of 4" strips and put in your seat-bag without adding bulk/weight to your ride...
If it was me, I'd chuck the tire...DINOSAUR
Mar 31, 2003 8:44 AM
You can mess around and boot the tire. But do you really want to ride around with a booted tire and worrying about it failing? Booting a tire is a temporary solution just to get you home. Booted tires are o.k. for using on a trainer but I would not take the change and mount it back on my road bike. Blown sidewalls are rare, I've only blown 2 in 30 years of riding. I just blew one the other day (click on the component forum). Presence of mind and safety overrides saving a few bucks by booting a tire. Throw the tire in the trash and buy a new one. My $.02.....
If it was me, I'd chuck the tire...katie1
Mar 31, 2003 9:00 AM
I don't think he intends on keeping the tire. I understood his question to be what to do for a temporary fix. I totally agree...ditch the tire. However, when you are on 100+ mile ride with no other option to get home, a boot can be a life saver. Just my $0.02.
If it was me, I'd chuck the tire...DINOSAUR
Mar 31, 2003 9:26 AM
Sorry, I misread the question. I booted a tire last week using 2 Park glueless patches and it worked fine...
No problemkatie1
Mar 31, 2003 9:46 AM
head down to the post officejw25
Mar 31, 2003 11:54 AM
and "borrow" a couple of small Priority Mail envelopes. The Tyvek kind - they're big enough to fit a rolled tube, and work great as tire boots as well. Plus, they protect your spare tube from abrasion (if it's in a saddlebag or such, things do happen).
I've carried spare tubes this way for a couple years, and haven't needed the boot, but I like knowing it's there.
Genuine Genious!!!Ride-Fly
Mar 31, 2003 6:13 PM
how did you ever figure that out?? The envelope is strong enough that it won't stretch and "bulge out" when a tube is inflated??? Thanks.