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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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    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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    I've used it on sidewall minor damage and it has worked well for me.

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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by lawkd
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by ctp
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by lawkd
    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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