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potentially obivous tire question...(4 posts)

potentially obivous tire question...bones
May 29, 2003 6:54 AM
Hi all, a regular on MTBR with a new found passion for road riding here. I've actually chosen my new cannondale R800 double over my Jericho ss a number of times this season and I'm loving both the fitness improvement and the fun of road riding.

I did however have to do the walk of shame last night as I picked a drywall staple in the rear tire. My spare tube was one of the new "hole already present" variety. Nice way to spend a birthday eh?

Anyway, on to the potentially obvious question: the staple pierced through the top of the tire and was fully embedded. The tire is a continental grand prix 3000 (ish). Is the tire now a throw away or is it still useabe with the staple damage? Also is there anyway to repair/patch the tire itself?

Thanks all,
Tire is fine...biknben
May 29, 2003 7:25 AM
I'm not familiar with "Drywall Staples" but I assume it is just a bigger version of a regular staple. Your tire is fine unless there is some type of slice in it. Any pin hole type puncture shouldn't be anything to worry about. If in doubt you can boot the tire with anything that will stay in place and not stretch. Park Tools makes large glueless patches just for this purpose. If stuck on the road, a dollar, Gu wrapper, etc. would do the trick.

No worries...welcome to the road.
I'm not so sure..eddie m
May 29, 2003 7:42 AM
An ordinary office staple can do serious damage, and a drywall staple is way bigger. My rule is if it does not bulge, he tire is safe to ride. I'd put a duct tape boot (2 layers) in that tire and put it on the rear wheel, or use it for a spare.
thanks fellas...bones
May 29, 2003 7:48 AM
I'll pump it up tonight and look for any bulges. Thanks for the help.