Old 06-08-17, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by bigbiker1 View Post
One thing I didn't understand "a boot in case the tire carcass is cut (you can buy cheap park tool versions or you can salvage old inner tubes OR you can fold up a dollar bill and just use that in a pinch.)" - not sure what this means?
The "boot" is a piece of something to go between a large tire hole (like in the case of a blowout or sidewall slice) and the inner tube. It prevents the new inner tube from popping out thus causing another blowout. Its rare, but good to have. Its a temp solution to work just long enough to get you to the car or home. You can use a dollar bill, a Park tire boot:

TB-2 Emergency Tire Boot | Park Tool

a cut piece of old inner tube, etc. I'll echo what @10 Wheels posted about the helmet. Its a good idea to have if nothing else for the stuff you can't think of. Like a guy once getting hit on the helmet by a golf ball. If he didn't have a helmet, he'd probably have a concussion and a skull fracture. Some situations like that just cannot be made up...

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