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Old 07-04-06, 01:50 PM
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A little cut

I was cleaning my bike today, and I noticed a little cut on the outside of the tire(about 1-2mm). It doesn't seem to be affecting the overall structure of the tire, but, being the anal retentive guy I am, I was wondering if there was anything I can do(glue or filler or something) to prevent it from getting any bigger. Is it possible to glue it, or is it just fine to leave it as is?
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It depends how deep the cut is. I assume the 1-2mm is its length. In general, the rubber on the outside of a tire is not a strength member. Rather, the tire has cord running under the tire that provide strength against internal pressure. The rubber/tread not only provides a wear surface, it protects the underlying tire cord from abrasion and damamge.

Is it a mountain or road tire?

If the area is not bulging or you cannot see ruptured cords, I'd leave it alone.
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