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Old 06-14-12, 07:08 AM   #1
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Cut a tire today

About 15 miles into my commute I heard the sickening pop and hiss of a rapidly deflating tire. Pretty bad gash, about an inch long. Thanks to advice I found on this forum, I bought some Park tire boots a couple of months ago. Easy to install. I kept the tire pressure low just in case.

I made it to work, but not too keen on using it for the 19 mile ride home. I'll try to pick up a new tire at lunch, but I doubt I'm going to find my preferred Pasela in 27x1-1/4 locally. Downside of commuting on a C&V bike.

If you don't already carry them, get yourself some tire boots. Cheap insurance - mine saved me from a four mile walk, or having to call the office for a rescue.

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Old 06-14-12, 07:15 AM   #2
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You know what would be a CRAZY awesome service? LBS part delivery, like they have for auto parts.
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You know, it's funny you should mention that. I am planning to ask about that when the LBS opens. It's worth a shot. But shouldn't they have to ride it over on a bike?
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Congrats! Tire boots, or just a mini roll of duct tape, are a handy thing to have.
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You know, it's funny you should mention that. I am planning to ask about that when the LBS opens. It's worth a shot. But shouldn't they have to ride it over on a bike?
Exactly! Just have them put a minimum or delivery fee or somesuch and BAM. AAA for bikes.
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No dice on the delivery. LBS told me they would have done it but didn't have enough staff on hand. I borrowed a car mid-day because I didn't have time to ride over after work. Couldn't buy a Pasela locally but did get a cheap Kenda gumwall. It got me home with no problem and I expect it will last a week or so while I get a replacement for my dearly departed Pasela.
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If you don't already carry them, get yourself some tire boots. Cheap insurance - mine saved me from a four mile walk, or having to call the office for a rescue.

- John
I have a dollar bill in my patch kit for just such a purpose. It's tough enough to work as a boot if you fold it. Even works as currency in an emergency.
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I have some duct tape wrapped around my pump.
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I like keeping the small mini-roll in my tool pouch to keep it protected from the elements:

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