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Old 04-21-04, 10:57 AM   #1
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Gremlins in my tyre

I have a set of tyres that I just should get rid of. I've learned one thing from them, that if you get a tyre that has had a foriegn object go through it get rid of the tyre cause it will haunt you the rest of the time you ride that tyre. The tyre I am talking about had a shard of glass go through it and punctured my tube. No problem I thought, I removed the glass and fixed the flat and continued to ride on the tyre, well I got another flat a couple days later, but nothing had gone through the tyre. Thought it was a fluke, until the third flat on that wheel. When I compared it to the other tubes it was in the same spot. I took the tyre off and inspected the inside, thinking I hadn't gotten the glass out or there was something else in the tyre, but all I could find was a small hole. I had thought this hole insignificant to the point of continuing to ride this tyre, even though I develop flats with it. I've figured out that the hole and the motion of the wheel going round, compressing and uncompressing "chews" a hole in the tube, and I get a flat, and the hole is in the same spot on everyone of the tubes. I love the rubber on the tyre, and other than changing a flat every 100 or so miles it's a good tyre. I'm just going to have to get new rubber, and I was hoping that this would have lasted longer.

Just whining...
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Glue a patch on the inside of the tire. You may also try a Parks tire boot. This is some stiff plastic with glue on the back of it. I would hate to pitch a good tire because of this. I had this same experence and found it was a tiny wire from semi-truck throw offs inbeeded into the tire. This wire was the size of a hair and only about 2 mm long. I almost never found this cause of a puncture. Now I keep a metal probe to rake around in suspected cracks etc. The metal against metal, or glass will let you know if something is in the tire. Just my 2Cents.
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why to you spell tire with a y?
How else can you spell tyre? (Look in the English Oxford Dictionary for the correct spelling)
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you spell tire tire if you are from north america...europe and africa spell tire tyre...the same way an elevator is a lift and gas it petrol....
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Across the Mississippi, in Mpls, they spell it with an "i"...
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What kind of tire is it? My specialized hemisphere's with the flakjacket rubber on it have cuts all over it from commuting, I've gotten 1 flat so far from running over a glass bottle. If it's in the same area, as someone suggests, try sticking a tube patch on the tire itself to create a boot. Also fill in the crack with glue to keep stuff from getting wedged in it.
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After posting I thought: "What a numnutz, I could patch the inside of the tyre/tire. Boy, are they going to think I'm daft." I haven't gotten around to it, been busy fixing up an old roadie for a friend. I'll have two less bikes today! Three less by the weekend.

I spell tire tyre because I read a confusing post where someone was tiring of a tire. I know its a tired expression, and I suppose it is just my baby steps to a sort of Esperanto. By the by, anyone know the word for tyre/tire in Esperanto?
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A friend of mine speaks esperanto quite fluently but I haven't talked to her since she went to grad school a few months ago.
I would think the word is tiro or tiron, with the -o being the subject or -on being the object. A quick search yielded radringo.
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I have a set of tyres that I just should get rid of. I've learned one thing from them, that if you get a tyre that has had a foriegn object go through it get rid of the tyre cause it will haunt you the rest of the time you ride that tyre. The tyre I am talking about had a shard of glass go through it and punctured my tube. No problem I thought, I removed the glass and fixed the flat and continued to ride on the tyre, well I got another flat a couple days later, but nothing had gone through the tyre. Thought it was a fluke, until the third flat on that wheel. When I compared it to the other tubes it was in the same spot. I took the tyre off and inspected the inside, thinking I hadn't gotten the glass out or there was something else in the tyre, but all I could find was a small hole. I had thought this hole insignificant to the point of continuing to ride this tyre, even though I develop flats with it. I've figured out that the hole and the motion of the wheel going round, compressing and uncompressing "chews" a hole in the tube, and I get a flat, and the hole is in the same spot on everyone of the tubes. I love the rubber on the tyre, and other than changing a flat every 100 or so miles it's a good tyre. I'm just going to have to get new rubber, and I was hoping that this would have lasted longer.

Just whining...
Since just about any flat that's not a pinch flat involves some foreign object penetration, ditching a tire after a single flat would be rather wasteful. That's even worse than not patching tubes.

Get a jewelers screwdriver and dig around wherever you see cuts in the tread. You'll probably dig out more than one piece of embedded glass.
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