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Old 12-17-05, 04:40 PM   #1
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shoe goo tire repair

on a recent ride i lost a bit of tire tread (3/16" wide by 1" long) from my front tire. looked like it got cut on something. tire was in great condition and did not want to trash it. thought i would try some "shoe goo". this was used from my tennis playing days of years past. very flexible liquid rubber in a tube. anyway for what it is worth a $2.50 tube of this stuff saved me a $30 tire. have ridden on it three times now and works great. note-tire core was still intact and not damaged, just the tread. i will keep this in my tool box from now on.
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Old 12-17-05, 04:54 PM   #2
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I'll second that. I had some WTB motoraptors a while back, and was using the Stan's tubeless system with them. I was riding on some sharp rocks and tore a good sized chunk off the tire tread. The inner casing was exposed, and although there was apparently no leak (or maybe there was but the Stan's took care of it), it looked like the tire might need to be replaced. The tires were fairly new at that point, with lots of tread left, so I tried the shoe goo on the area that was torn off. I even shaped it somewhat to more or less match the shape of the tire tread. I used that tire for at least another year, never a flat (mostly due to Stan's, I'm sure), and the shoe goo stayed put.
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Old 12-17-05, 05:31 PM   #3
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I've used it on sidewall minor damage and it has worked well for me.
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Old 12-18-05, 07:47 AM   #4
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I ran over a oyster shell on a bridge with my Conti Grand prix 3000's. It cut a chunk of rubber out of the rear down to the casing. I was about to trash it when I thought of Shoe Goo. I've kept it on hand (a few decades) since my old jogging days. It wore at about the same rate as the regular tread. Got the full life out of the tire. Shoe Goo is also an excellent way to glue things together.

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Old 12-18-05, 08:41 AM   #5
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I've used Shoe Goo to repair tread cuts in the past with success. It isn't very durable so you will have to renew the repair fairly often.

As you noted, be sure the damage is just superficial. If the casing is damaged, discard the tire. Tires are cheaper than dental work.
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I'm bumping this thread because I tried Shoe Goo thanks to you guys, and it is *fantastic*! I had a new-old-stock Specialized Turbo OS 700 X 25 road tire, never used, but at least 15 years old (maybe more). When I put it on, the tread separated in several places right down the middle seam of the tire, exposing the thread casing (which was in perfect condition). I filled in those split seams with Shoe Goo, spanning up to 3 mm of a gap where the seam had split, and the tire is running beautifully! It does seem to wear very well, so I'll get some life out of this tire that I thought I'd have to throw away. Thanks!!
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no one mentioned it here, but it's worth mentioning to those who happen onto this thread. ShooGoo will do wonders only if your tire's casing cords aren't cut. i.e. it will glue on, or even replace tread, but it won't keep a tube from herniating.
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I had a new-old-stock Specialized Turbo OS 700 X 25 road tire, never used, but at least 15 years old (maybe more). Thanks!!
Be Careful, tires do degrade with age. The "rule" for camper trailers for example is 7 years max no matter what the tire looks like. Some manufacturers recommend 4. I have no idea what a limit would be for cycle tires.

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no one mentioned it here, but it's worth mentioning to those who happen onto this thread. ShooGoo will do wonders only if your tire's casing cords aren't cut. i.e. it will glue on, or even replace tread, but it won't keep a tube from herniating.
Actually, Hillrider did say that just above. And that's worth repeating. In my case, the tires had perfect casings, even the skinwalls showed no signs at all of checking. The only evidence of age was the splitting of the black rubber, and only at the center seam. Had there been any sign of weakness or degradation of the casings on any part of the tire, I would've tossed them for sure.
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Actually, Hillrider did say that just above. And that's worth repeating.
Oops! My bad.

Okay, it was worth repeating over and over then
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I stitched up a 1" gash in the tread of an old Ritchey mountain bike tire with heavy nylon thread, and then coated the threads with shoe goop. It held until the tread wore out.

Shoe goop also works well for filling gouges in cork handlebar tape, and for keeping your end plugs in place.
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Go take a look at this repair I did a couple years ago:
http://www.recursiveirony.com/gallery/burn2003/P1010061

The picture shows an ancient cruiser tire that had spilt down the middle of the tread, about 12" worth, and I was out of tires that would fit. I took an 18" section of thornproof 26" tube and slit it down the belly and wrapped it around the guys inner tube to act as a boot, reinstalled everything, and then put in just enough air to fill the tire but no real pressure. Then I installed the zip ties every couple of inches and drew them tight, snipped off the tails, and aired it up. It rode great the rest of the week for him. I've since done about 10 of those in the last couple of years up there.

http://www.borrachosybicicletas.org/ for more
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well since i started this thread i have put about 300 miles on my tire repair and it still looks great. in fact the shoe goo actually conformed to the tread of the tire with no noticable wear. i just wish i had thought about this for some other tires i have disgarded over the years. funny how these simple little things make one feel so good.
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Shoe goo reminds me of back in my skateboard days where we would apply it to the toe area to make shoes last longer.

A tip to apply it smoothly and evenly is to use an ice cube to spread it gently right after applying it. The ice cube will give you the finesse to apply it gently and evenly to the tire.
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I've found no benefit to patching cuts with any adhesive. If the cords are sound, the tire is good. IMO, gluing the tread does nothing, except maybe make you feel better.
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Shoe goo reminds me of back in my skateboard days where we would apply it to the toe area to make shoes last longer.

A tip to apply it smoothly and evenly is to use an ice cube to spread it gently right after applying it. The ice cube will give you the finesse to apply it gently and evenly to the tire.
Ten years. There's a clue in there somewhere.
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I've found no benefit to patching cuts with any adhesive. If the cords are sound, the tire is good. IMO, gluing the tread does nothing, except maybe make you feel better.
Zombie Thread!

Yes, I put Shoe Goo in tread cuts but understand it probably doesn't do much more than make it look better.
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If the casing is damaged, discard the tire. Tires are cheaper than dental work.
Assuming the properties of liquisole are similar enough to shoe Goo, even cut casings can be repaired if you add some reinforcement.

I had a brake pad wear a long gouge in the sidewall several years ago.
I used Liquisole and a piece of nylon fabric cut from a liner of an old jacket to patch it up.
I cut strips of the fabric, scraped enough Liquisole on them to make them transparent, smeared some on the tire, and pasted the strips down over the tear with maybe 1/2" overlap on each side.

I think I did both inside and out, but can't really vouch for it.

The fix held up for miles and years, until the tire was finally discarded for other reasons.

My first set of MTB wheels used rather narrow rims, and on one nice folding tire the bead eventually separated due to the sidewall chafing against the rim's edge.

Pretty much the same procedure, saturated a strip of nylon with liquisole, folded it over the damaged area, and allowed it to cure.

The repair held up, but the tire didn't last quite as long, as the chafing continued in other places. And I wasn't about to do the whole circumference.

Now, these were fairly wide tires, 1.75-2.1, so I haven't tried this method above 4 bar, give or take.

It might fail miserably if tried at higher pressures.

Or it might work straight off.

or it might work, but not be practical any more if you need to increase the overlap or number of layers too much.

But for MTB style tires and pressures, it has worked just fine.

It's also a fairly discrete and strong way to fix tears in other fabrics, particularly those of a dark colour.
A tear in something like a Gore-Tex jacket will hold up fine if taped shut with a saturated strip 1/2" wide.

It'll stay on during washing too.
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Yes, I put Shoe Goo in tread cuts but understand it probably doesn't do much more than make it look better.
Well, it prevents grit and gravel from getting into the cut and nibbling away at the casing.
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