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    Go or No Go???

    I've not been commuting very long and I need some advice on what to do with my tire. I was going over my bike today and found a rock embedded in my tire. Here is a picture:


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    The tire is a bontrager hard case tire. Is this a situation where I shouldn't even consider riding, or will I be ok? Should I replace the tire???? My commute is around 50 miles round trip.

    Thanks in advance for any advice you could give.

    Loren

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    I'd probably keep riding on it. My experience with Hardcases has been that the center tread is horrible and falls apart, but the core underneath is pretty tough. It'll hold until the tread is completely falling apart. I've ridden hardcases with 1/4 of the tread completely peeled off.

    It is time to get some new tires ready though. I always have a spare set of tires ready to go, so that I am not forced to buy whatever the LBS has in stock in an emergency.
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    Go for it, if it gets any bigger then replace it.
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    unless the tube is coming out of the hole or theres a bulge youre good

    throw a boot in there and fill it with rubber cement if youre super worried
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
    unless the tube is coming out of the hole or theres a bulge youre good

    throw a boot in there and fill it with rubber cement if youre super worried
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    Fill the cut with Shoe Goo and ride some more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
    Fill the cut with Shoe Goo and ride some more.
    Yup.
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    And when you get tired of it or when the hole opens up again, treat yourself to some nice tires. I'm not a fan of Bontrager tires.
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    Go, with precaution. But, most of those ideas are good even without a cut.

    From another career that involved very high speed tires that wore quickly, cuts were not taken seriously unless they passed a layer of casing, and then, they only counted as if that casing was worn. (It's nice to have lots of layers of casings). I take the same idea to my bikes, and ignore cuts that only damage the rubber and not the casing. OTOH, the Goo idea above is a good one.

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    If I threw out every tire that got a cut, I would be spending a huge amount of money on tires. As others said, just seal the cut with Shoe Goo or similar product, boot the tire, and keep using it. If the cut is large enough that the tube protrudes, I will probably trash it, unless a tire boot will fix or it just seems unsafe.

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    Switch the front and back tires if its concering.

    For me, I would use super glue or rubber cement and call it a day.

    Switch to better tires at some point.

    How many miles do you have on those tires?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
    Fill the cut with Shoe Goo and ride some more.
    I have tires with 4-5 shoe goo patched holes.

    Switch the front and back tires if its concering.
    Front tire is far more important than the rear tire.
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