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    permanent tire boot

    Seeking suggestions on possible permananent tire boot. All suggestions welcome, Thanks.

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    You are repeating a topic covered before.. Permanent tire boot is an Oxymoron,
    you only boot a tire, to get you back from a remote location to a place to replace the tire.

    It, a boot, is, by definition, Temporary ..

    But there are materials you can make a permanent part,
    of the emergency tire repair kit you bring with you.


    A piece of Hypalon fabric , used to make rubber boats from, has long been in mine.
    dead sew up tires, cut up,
    and the commercial boot Park sells also work .

    But on tour just bring a 3rd tire , casing failure
    at the tire's bead wire is tough to fix in the boonies.

    You are obviously accessing a computer , replace the tire.
    Last edited by fietsbob; 06-22-11 at 11:55 AM.

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    Agree with all that fietsbob said except the need to carry a spare for an extended tour.

    If you're touring in the USA, Canada or Europe, you're never far from a bike shop. Plus there's always fast delivery of emergency stuff by Overnight mail, Fedex or UPS. So there's no need to carry the kitchen sink on tours if you have someone at home for backup.

    Certainly carry a spare tube, a patch kit, so the punctured tube can be repaired and used as the next spare, and a small piece of booting material. You'll probably never use it but it weighs nothing so why not.

    As with everything you carry on a tour, balance the weight penalty against the consequences of doing without. As you get good at this, you'll find that you can reduce your baggage by almost half, making the tour that much more enjoyable. After all a few dollars to buy something in an emergency is weightless.
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    for a small puncture hole in the tread area - 2 layers of duct tape
    no worries for up to 120 psi on a 700x?? tahr

    for on-road repair - wrap a few winds of duct tape around one (or more) of your tahr levers...
    for small bead failure - start tape well inside tahr, run perpendicular over bead and to outside sidewall but not onto thread where da rubber meets da road - one layer only. clean dirt off tahr sidewall BEFORE applying tape, of course.
    pump to well less than 120 (50 is about workable) - it'll get you down the road a fair piece

    any sidewall damage - new tahr (after you getz home)
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    Ok but note it is not from ~ FB in Nevada, now there , are Long stretches of hundreds of miles ,
    between even a bar/gas station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Ok but note it is not from ~ FB in Nevada, now there , are Long stretches of hundreds of miles ,
    between even a bar/gas station.
    How much to carry is a ways a judgement call and should be based on where you're riding and riders should carry as much as they feel they want to. I'm the master of packing light. Partly based on many years of bicycle touring, and later as a scuba diver where I've gone on multi week trips with all my equipment (except weights and tanks) to areas served by small planes with 35# weight limits. (That leaves me about 12#s for all my non-dive stuff)

    BTW- Note I did say to carry boot material. Even in Nevada, you should be able to ride a booted tire to where a replacement could be had, or sent to via express mail. No matter how you slice it you're never more than 24-48 hours from parts availability in the USA. That assumes you have at least one friend at home. If you're a hermit, you might need to carry more.
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    If the tire is bad enough to need a boot...

    If you want to try and make a permanent patch,rough up the inside of the tire real good(completely dull,no shiny spots) with sandpaper,do the same with the patch.Make sure to sand an area bigger than the patch,you want all of the edges glued down.Apply contact cement to both sides,let dry well(15-20min),apply patch.You only get one shot at it,so make sure the patch is in the right place.

    Put that tire on the back wheel.Bad things can happen when the front goes flat at speed.
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    Why bother? A cheap new tire is better than an expensive booted tire. I ride 10 buck tires so that I can chuck them without angst when I run over a quarter inch self-tapping screw and trash a nearly-new tire, like I did two weeks ago.

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    I've used spray adhesive and a piece of canvas with good results. Like someone else said, move the tire to the back. I rode hundreds of miles on it without a problem though. It's not something you'd want to carry around with you though.
    I'm just a kid who gets in trouble sometimes

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