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Old 01-03-08, 12:23 PM
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The dollar bill boot!

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Old 01-03-08, 01:09 PM
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That's a good trick to know... Thanks!
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Old 01-03-08, 01:40 PM
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Power bar wrapper or Gu wrapper works too.
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Can someone describe this video? They're blocked here at work... darn network nazis!
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Take a dollar bill. Fold it into quarters. Stick it inside the tire to reinforce a ripped sidewall or casing. Bills work well because they are made of a cotten cloth like paper, rather than wood fibers, so they can hold pressure without ripping. I've done this numerous times.
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Old 01-03-08, 02:31 PM
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Tyvec works great for tire booting too. I save USPS tyvec envelopes, cut them into pieces, and carry a few scraps with me in case I need to boot a tire.
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Old 01-03-08, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by blue steal View Post
Power bar wrapper or Gu wrapper works too.
Yep. I've ridden both dollar bill and Powerbar booted tires for months at a time.
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I also carry some strips cut from tyvek shipping envelopes, but the dollar bill trick is decades old too.
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I've used dollar bills to boot both a ripped sidewall and busted rim tape. In the former case it was just enough to get me within walking distance of home before it blew. In the latter case, I rode on it for months before bothering to replace the rim tape.
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Old 01-03-08, 10:27 PM
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Anybody who uses a dollar bill as a boot spent $1.00 too much. Just about any piece of wrapper or cardboard or snakebelly will do as well or better.
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Old 01-04-08, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by mike View Post
Anybody who uses a dollar bill as a boot spent $1.00 too much. Just about any piece of wrapper or cardboard or snakebelly will do as well or better.
Cheaper than Park's $3 boot.
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Originally Posted by idcruiserman View Post
Cheaper than Park's $3 boot.
OMG, you are right. A dollar bill is cheaper than a $3.00 Parks boot. Common sense seems to get less common every day, even when you try hard.

Still, a buck is more expensive than a candy bar wrapper... Hey... use the buck to buy a candy bar, eat the candy bar, and use the wrapper for the boot! There you have it; tire boot and bicycle fuel all for a buck!

Then, if you are the kind of economist our school-only, no-work-experience "masters degree in business" employee is, then you transfer the imaginary $2.00 you saved by not using the Parks boot into the debit column and say that you made a profit and give yourself a bonus. Wheee!
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Originally Posted by mike View Post
Anybody who uses a dollar bill as a boot spent $1.00 too much. Just about any piece of wrapper or cardboard or snakebelly will do as well or better.
It's not spent. I used to ride with a guy who stored a 20 in each tire just in case he needed it for this purpose or some other. It essentially doubled the value of his bike, and made it difficult for him to spend his last $40 frivolously.
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I guess it's just one more reason to keep the dollar rather than replace it with a coin
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Old 01-23-08, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by GCRyder View Post
It's not spent. I used to ride with a guy who stored a 20 in each tire just in case he needed it for this purpose or some other. It essentially doubled the value of his bike, and made it difficult for him to spend his last $40 frivolously.
Hah! That's rich. How would you like to be the guy who buys THAT bike at a rummage sale 20 years from now. "All she needs is a new set of skins and she'll be good as new..."
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Informative. I knew paper currency had fibers in it, but I did not know it was woven.
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Old 01-24-08, 06:14 PM
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denim patches work too, i hear.
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Hah! That's rich. How would you like to be the guy who buys THAT bike at a rummage sale 20 years from now. "All she needs is a new set of skins and she'll be good as new..."
He'll probably be wondering if he can even buy a pair of inner tubes with those $40 the way the dollar is plummeting these days.
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Originally Posted by mike View Post
Anybody who uses a dollar bill as a boot spent $1.00 too much. Just about any piece of wrapper or cardboard or snakebelly will do as well or better.


Well its more of a deposit you get back when you buy a new tire.
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