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Old 03-27-09, 01:09 PM   #1
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Patching the inside of a tire as well as the tube

I've always wondered if it would be a smart thing to do. Lo and behold, I pull a tire off a bike I recently bought and find that somebody at least has tried it.

Anyone else do it? Any reason not to? It makes sense to me that you'd want to make it a little bit harder for something to get at your tube through an existing hole in your tire.
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Old 03-27-09, 01:22 PM   #2
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TJ, it's called a 'boot'. It's a fine practice but take care if several of the cords have been cut as the boot will only do so much. It's more of a need with large cuts than, say, a nail puncture.
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Old 03-27-09, 01:28 PM   #3
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Many ways to boot a tire.
I ride with one guy who has 11,500 miles on his rear tire using boots.
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Old 03-27-09, 01:36 PM   #4
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I would do it. I recently had two flats on the same tire - there was a small hole in the rubber with sharp edges that was creating slow leaks.
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Old 03-27-09, 01:36 PM   #5
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I'd think using a half dollar would make your ride quite bumpy.
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