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Old 05-27-11, 01:24 PM   #1
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Is this unrideable?

Take a look at the pic, it's a brand-newish tire (<50 miles). Got a thorn flat and noticed this when I was putting the tire back on-



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Old 05-27-11, 01:28 PM   #2
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Looks like it to me
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All depends on how far you want to walk - home.
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definitely un-rideable; and not safe.
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did u use a pocket knife to take the tire off? bead is in pretty bad shape.
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Old 05-27-11, 02:26 PM   #6
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All depends on how far you want to walk - home.
@#$% walking! If I went to repair a flat and discovered that, I'd try to get a ride home from a friend. If I couldn't, I'd just ride the thing flat-slowly of course. Once as a kid I rode 15 miles to the LBS on a flat without damaging the rim. Wore me out, but all I needed was a new tire and tube. Childhood made me an expert at riding on flat tires

Of course this may not work for everyone. My super-Clyde friend who weighs over 400 pounds tried it and dinged up the rim. I sanded it smooth and put a new tire and tube on for him. All good now
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I wouldn't ride it for safety reasons. Looks like something that would "explode" off the rim. Walking never hurt anhyone, but tire exploding on a 30 mph descent will. I had a GP4000 on Gina's bike (500 miles) that ended up flatting and slice in a similar fashion. As much as I hated to spend another $62 for a tire, it wasn't worth the risk.
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I wouldn't ride it for safety reasons. Looks like something that would "explode" off the rim. Walking never hurt anhyone, but tire exploding on a 30 mph descent will. I had a GP4000 on Gina's bike (500 miles) that ended up flatting and slice in a similar fashion. As much as I hated to spend another $62 for a tire, it wasn't worth the risk.
Agreed. I would toss the tire. I still hate walking though. Since the tire is a goner anyway, I would have a little fun riding it flat Luckily the last tire-ruining flat I had I was able to boot and put enough air in to make it home. Riding on 26 psi wasn't as fun as 80, but it sure beat walking.
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Depending on the terrain, I would ride it home and then replace the tire.
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Thanks for all replies, that's pretty much what I figured.

I used a plastictire lever and as far as I know didn't do anything out of the ordinary.

The tire had gone slowly flat over night, I noticed it in the morning and found a blackberry thorn in the tread/tube; don't think that the flat was related to the blown bead. With some of the roads I ride on the bead may have been caused by hitting a bump.

Damn shame, good money down the toilet, oh well.

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