I guess we all get a first flat tire sometime or another. This morning I was getting ready to go out on my ride and I found about an inch long slit nearly through the tire in some parts. The tube was flat of course, with about an 1/8" hole of rubber missing. I'm going to keep the tube and patch it later for a backup if desperate. But, I'm not sure if I should replace the tire. Can I "patch" it too, just to keep the tube from poking through? I would rather not like to buy a new tire for this bike if it can be avoided.