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Old 08-17-10, 10:14 PM
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Did I damage this tire?

Hi,
I just removed a tire to fix a flat. I guess I was a bit harsh with my tire levers, because I seem to have stripped away some of the rubber that was beneath the bead.

I have attached some photos to show exactly what I'm talking about. I am afraid that I have damaged the tire and will get a blow-out if I re-use it. What do you think?

Thanks for any advice.

Also, if I did damage the tire, what did I do wrong, I am using Park Tool levers.
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Old 08-17-10, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by ricelid View Post
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Also, if I did damage the tire, what did I do wrong, I am using Park Tool levers.
It looks like you as you were trying to dismount the tire, you slid the levers between the tire and rim. I believe the recommended way is to use a prying action and work your way around the tire, rather than slide the lever.

That said, I tend to slide levers at times, but do so carefully, and not try to force it.
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Old 08-17-10, 10:21 PM
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Do you think that stuff I ripped off is necessary?
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Old 08-17-10, 10:25 PM
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The tire still looks ok to me. The cords inside the rubber go around the bead, so the little bit of rubber that is ripped doesn't add to the strength of the tire.
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Old 08-17-10, 10:39 PM
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As long as the wire cords are not cut, tire should be ok to use. It's the other thing that it won't look nice at the bead, but it should be usable. Once you get separation above the wire cords in the sidewall of the tire, it's toast. So you should be fine, but next time be careful with those levers, and if you can, do not slide them around the circumference of the tire to get it of. Instead, pop out a bit of the tire, then pull the lever out, reinsert it a bit further, and repeat until that side of the tire is off the rim.
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Old 08-17-10, 11:17 PM
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I just put the tire back on and rode the bike around the block and it seems fine. Hopefully tomorrow ends without a blowout. Thanks to everyone for replies.
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