Fifty Plus (50+) - Repair a Tire?
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09-06-11, 10:02 PM
I noticed a crescent-shaped cut on the rear tire of my weekend bike. Total length along the cut is about 1/4 to 1/3 inch. The cord under the cut is not damaged, and the rubber is still fairly think on the tire. I checked the inside of the tire at that point, and there is no visible damage.
Since I have a couple of long rides planned in the next couple of months, I decided to replace it.
As a technical exercise, I would like to repair the tire and use it at some point on the everyday (in town) bike. Seems as though I've read where people have repaired this type of damage with an adhesive, but I do not remember what type was used.
Have you ever repaired a tire in this fashion? What did you use to repair it? Did you get decent service out of the tire after the repair?
A lot of people use Shoe Goo or Superglue. I don't bother with either and retire the tire to trainer use.
I've used Shoe Goo with success.
09-07-11, 01:17 AM
Tyre repair patch on the inside of the tyre and relegate it to shorter rides where I can keep an eye on it.
09-07-11, 11:15 AM
Tire patch on inside, Crazy Glue on outside. I currently have one repaired in this manner on my commuter.
09-07-11, 11:31 AM
Rubber cement, shoe glue, whatever. Any rubber compound should be fine. As long as the cords are not cut, you should be ok repairing it.
09-07-11, 06:03 PM
Thanks for the responses. I think I'll try the Shoe Goo if I can find some locally.
No damage at all to inside of tire... still looks new.
Mainly, I just want to see if I can do this and if it will work.
Based on responses, it sounds as if it will.
I use Shoe Goo, too, on cuts. Try to take a close look at the tire surface before every ride or two and tend to replace tires before they get very beat up.
09-07-11, 08:51 PM
I just use a boot with adhesive. Recently rode over Mt. Magazine with a boot inside the front and the back tires. A few rides later the back tire was gashed open by a piece of glass. Had to throw it away, but the boot worked well and is still working on the front tire.
09-07-11, 10:48 PM
I think repairing cuts in the tread are are ok. I get nervous when the cut is in the sidewall. I just replaced a Continental 4000 with a cut in the sidewall.
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