Old 06-08-17, 09:51 AM
  #12  
ptempel
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Jersry the beautiful Garden State
Posts: 1,911

Bikes: 2007 Ridley Excalibur, 2003 Orbea Orca, 199? Cannondale Headshock MTB hardtail

Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 514 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
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...

Last edited by ptempel; 06-08-17 at 09:58 AM.
ptempel is offline