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Old 12-07-06, 06:39 PM   #1
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Pistol Shot Blowout - the Dollar Bill Trick Works!

- buddy and i are beating feet north up the local trail day before yesterday... crisp 62F, with 14mph winds out of the west... we planned to circle around a local park, then loop back down south...

- all of a sudden while heading down an overpass i hear a pistol shot, and watch my buddy wobbling off the side... (he's 20 years older than me and kicks my you-know-what on our rides)...

- a blowout blew a 3/16 hole in the middle tread of his 2,000 mile, well-worn Specialized All Condition 700x23s...

- Park Tool fans would have whipped out an Emergency Tire Boot (TB-2), but alas, all we had between us was a spare tube, a $1 bill, and a pump... folded the bill into lengthwise quarters, replaced the tube, slid the bill in and pumped up...

- he ended up riding back to base (albeit with a slight pimply bulge), and then another 10 miles to up the our daily mileage (as we're shooting for 6,000 miles this year)...

- i read about the dollar trick here - it works!

- thanks, BF!
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Old 12-08-06, 06:00 AM   #2
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Well done. I did my first boot this past season, using an energy bar wrapper.
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Old 12-08-06, 08:34 AM   #3
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Best tip I ever got re: tire boots was to take the self-sealing flaps off some large Tyvek envelopes & cut them into 1.5" long pieces. Keep a few of these with your spare tubes. If you need a boot, peel off the adhesive cover & slap the Tyvek over the hole. It's more durable than a dollar bill (or a Power Bar wrapper) and the adhesive keeps it in place while you're reassembling the tube & tire.
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- excellent advice on the Tyvek!
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Dollar bill has worked for me in the past (actually a $20, which was all I had).
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Dollar bill has worked for me in the past (actually a $20, which was all I had).
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Old 12-08-06, 04:29 PM   #7
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*ahem* Since then, I've started carrying a $20 and a $1 with me for emergencies
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Old 12-08-06, 06:16 PM   #8
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I carry in my patch/tube/tire levers kit two $20 bills and two $1 bills. The $1 bills are primarily for tire boots, though they also may be used in a vending machine. The $20 bills are primarily for purchasing things if I find myself without money (I also carry a credit card on longer rides and more money if I actually expect to spend money) but also for tire boots if the $1 bills are already used in a vending machine.
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Best tip I ever got re: tire boots was to take the self-sealing flaps off some large Tyvek envelopes & cut them into 1.5" long pieces. Keep a few of these with your spare tubes. If you need a boot, peel off the adhesive cover & slap the Tyvek over the hole. It's more durable than a dollar bill (or a Power Bar wrapper) and the adhesive keeps it in place while you're reassembling the tube & tire.
The adhesive is a convenient idea, although I had no difficulty with my bar wrapper. I'll have to check that out. But I'm not sure durability is an issue, as whatever you use need only hold up until you get home.
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Old 12-08-06, 11:16 PM   #10
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Best tip I ever got re: tire boots was to take the self-sealing flaps off some large Tyvek envelopes & cut them into 1.5" long pieces. Keep a few of these with your spare tubes. If you need a boot, peel off the adhesive cover & slap the Tyvek over the hole. It's more durable than a dollar bill (or a Power Bar wrapper) and the adhesive keeps it in place while you're reassembling the tube & tire.
yup. this is what I do.
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Some duct tape wrapped around your pump isn't a bad idea either.
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[QUOTE=linux_author]- - all of a sudden while heading down an overpass i hear a pistol shot, and watch my buddy wobbling off the side...

Okay seriously, 10+ responses and not one mention....

wait it April fools... Nope!!!

I love this stuff...

Thanks.

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Some duct tape wrapped around your pump isn't a bad idea either.
Actually, it is a bad idea. The glue on some brands of duct tape will eat right through a tube after awhile, even if you put it glue side down on the tire.
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Actually, it is a bad idea. The glue on some brands of duct tape will eat right through a tube after awhile, even if you put it glue side down on the tire.
In the time it takes you to get home and remove the tire? Remember that we're talking about a temporary, road-side repair to allow you to finish the ride on the bike, not on foot.
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Actually, it is a bad idea. The glue on some brands of duct tape will eat right through a tube after awhile, even if you put it glue side down on the tire.
Uhh, if I have blowout, and I use DT for the boot it's just to get home. The tire gets replaced, the DT gets tossed.

FYI on the Tyvek and the DT options; don't count on the stuff really sticking to the inside of the tire. Most tires have some type of powder on them that reduces adhesion greatly. That said, either DT or the Tyvek are great options- they do work well.

Like the person who mentioned DT on the pump, I do the same. The nice thing about DT is it has a host of other temp uses as well. I also keep a couple of large zip ties in the seat bag. Those two items have gotten me home plenty of times when otherwise it would have been that most shameful call to the LOML.
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If you're going to carry $1 bills as a tire boot, why not just get an actual tire boot.
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If you're going to carry $1 bills as a tire boot, why not just get an actual tire boot.
Cuz a tire boot won't buy you an ice cream!
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I used a $1 bill to boot a tire while on tour a couple of summers ago. That thing lasted for a couple of months after that. I then replaced the dollar bill with a snack bar wrapper, which lasted until I replaced the tires some 10 months after the original incident. The $1 was a bit beat-up when I took it out, but it was still $1!
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Actually a doubled up piece of the old tube would have probably worked better...
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