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Gash in brand new tire(7 posts)

Gash in brand new tireFrictionless
Oct 17, 2003 5:35 AM
I just purchased a 04 Trek 1500 with Bontrager Select tires. After a small amount of riding I noticed a 1/2 inch cut on the front tire. The tire holds pressure but it is clear that the carapace has been compromised. Is this normal, just riding on the Minuteman trail in Boston? Should I bring this back to the bike shop and ask for a replacement, or are these just crappy tires? Any quickie patch job suggestions? thanks
Tough luck for Red Sox fansPsalm 147-10_11
Oct 17, 2003 6:02 AM
I don't think you can realistically expect a shop to refund your tire because you rode over something that cut it. Even the best of tires will cut. A friend of mine bought a $50 Axial Pro and ruined it within the first mile after mounting it on his rim. Sometimes you just have to chaulk it up to bad luck.

It sucks, but not as bad a being a Red Sox fan. Man am I bummed out this morning. Grady Little should be fired for not pulling Pedro. This is as bad as game six in 1986.
Buy a new tireMR_GRUMPY
Oct 17, 2003 6:03 AM
Any tire can get cut, if you ride over sharp things.
Road Hazard Insurance from BikeTiresDirect.comPsyDoc
Oct 17, 2003 6:24 AM
They have an road hazard insurance policy that you can buy for $5 that insures your tires for 60-days. You get a cut or slice within those first 60-days simply send the tire back and they will send you a new one. The $5 covers all tires that you purchase in a given order.

http://www.biketiresdirect.com/roadhazard.htm
Depends on the shopbimini
Oct 17, 2003 8:23 AM
I would not expect or insist that the shop replace the tire, but the shop may give you a new tire just to keep a customer happy and coming back since you just bought a new bike from them. Would not hurt to play like a dumb newbie and ask if it's a manufacturing defect.

There are emergency repairs such as putting a piece of old tire, cardboard, dollar bill, etc. inside the tire under the cut to keep the tube from bulging out, but that is only to get you home. The tire needs to be replaced before your next ride. A fast and total blowout of a front tire going down a big hill can be deadly! You could go flying over the handlebars like superman and head on into ????

PS: I would not buy Bontragers, but that is personal preference. I don't know if it is a good tire or not.
my girlfriend has a gash too........african
Oct 17, 2003 8:38 AM
in her continental GP 3000, I just got a new tire for her.
re: Gash in brand new tireJimP
Oct 17, 2003 12:09 PM
Was the gash across the tread or in line with the tread? If the gash is across, it may have been sliced with a box cutter when someone opened the box containing the tires. I had 2 tires that were cut like that. The gashes do not show up for a few weeks or months after the cut. The initial cut can just be very small but the tire isn't made to heal the little cut and the cut will eventually grow. The US distributer replaced these tires for me.

Jim