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repairing slit in tire(8 posts)

repairing slit in tirewhat headwind
Jan 15, 2004 10:18 AM
I'm new to road biking and not used to the smooth tires. I punctured this morning, and now there is a slit in my tire--about 3/8 an inch. Is my tire ruined? Should I try to repair the slit? It seems that if I don't repair it, dirt and rocks get in the slit and cause another puncture.

Thanks.
re: repairing slit in tirejtolleson
Jan 15, 2004 10:36 AM
Not just that, but if the slit goes all the way through the tread, a little piece of the tube will squeeze in their and be pinched. You could flat almost immediately (even while airing up).

My general attitude is not to bother repairing cut tires because I don't want to get stuck in the boonies. But some folks will use a shoe-goo like product and slather it over a cut (if the cut doesn't go all the way through) which will keep debris from getting lodged in there.

If I were you I'd probably toss the tire or relegate it to the trainer... hope it wasn't a pricey one.
I agree with one exceptionDave Hickey
Jan 15, 2004 10:57 AM
If you use Mr. Tuffy tire liners, a slit is OK. The tire liner prevents the tube from getting into the slit. They cost around $10. I use them on all my bikes. I'll deal with the extra rotational weight since we have a lot of broken glass on north Texas roads.
Superglue it.Spoiler
Jan 15, 2004 10:44 AM
Regular superglue will work. The trick is getting the slit to close after you apply the glue.
Remove the tire. Apply the glue. Then INVERT the section of tire where the slit is. In other words, turn that section inside out, so the tread side is concave, compressing the slit shut.
I have ridden many hundreds of miles on ...cyclinseth
Jan 15, 2004 12:27 PM
tires with cuts that I've patched. The tire tread wore out before the patch did. Get a FedX mailing envelope, the Tyvek kind. Cut a strip off of the glue part that seals the envelope. Use that piece to patch the inside of the tire.

If you're out on the road, a dollar bill folded over a few times will send you on your way. No need to cut the ride short.
Life is short....lyleseven
Jan 15, 2004 5:16 PM
and precious...I would toss the tire, no matter what it cost. However, I have had to ride on such a tire in Europe when no spare and I used a boot in it with no short term problem.
re: repairing slit in tireBreakfast
Jan 16, 2004 5:54 AM
Try gluing a Rema patch on the inside of the tire under the cut. Then on the outside of the tire fill the cut with Shoe Goo.

It works!
As cheap as I am I would never repair a slit tube.bimini
Jan 16, 2004 7:12 AM
Going down at 20 MPH hurts. Having a blow out on the front wheel going down hill at 50 would hurt a lot more. If it was the result of my own stupidity by trying to save $30 it would hurt even more.