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Fold your dollar bill twice when using it as a boot

Old 03-22-16, 05:09 PM
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Fold your dollar bill twice when using it as a boot

I only folded my dollar bill once the first time, and had a second blow-out through both layers.



With 6500 miles before that happened I got my money's worth out of that tire.
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And out of your single.

it reminds me.

Some time back I booted the front tire of my commuter with a 20, because that's what I had on me at the time. I forgot about it, and as front tires do, it lasted years before flatting again. This happened right by my favorite pizza shop, and when I fixed it I found my 20. I took it as a sign, switched it for a single, and let my tire buy me dinner.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY
Some time back I booted the front tire of my commuter with a 20, because that's what I had on me at the time. I forgot about it, and as front tires do, it lasted years before flatting again. This happened right by my favorite pizza shop, and when I fixed it I found my 20. I took it as a sign, switched it for a single, and let my tire buy me dinner.
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The first time I needed a boot, (sidewall slashed by road debris), I was carrying some pieces cut from an old inner tube, and had to ride 20 miles watching it bulging out the side of the front tire, crossing my fingers.

The second time I needed one, again it was a slashed sidewall from debris hidden among fallen leaves, and the cut was so large I could put my thumb through the hole. This time I was carrying Park TB-2 boots, but I didn't think it would hold. To my pleasant amazement, it held w/o even bulging, and the adhesive prevented it from being pushed out the hole.
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Or use several bills. Doesn't hurt them. This is just a low interest loan to your bike, repaid in full when you get home. (I stop for espresso on the way out for most of my longer rides. Break the biggest bill i have on my when I pay, leaving me with lots of casing patches. Seems to make for good kharma. And I laugh to myself when I hear of folks who bring only cards.)

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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo
The first time I needed a boot, (sidewall slashed by road debris), I was carrying some pieces cut from an old inner tube, and had to ride 20 miles watching it bulging out the side of the front tire, crossing my fingers.

The second time I needed one, again it was a slashed sidewall from debris hidden among fallen leaves, and the cut was so large I could put my thumb through the hole. This time I was carrying Park TB-2 boots, but I didn't think it would hold. To my pleasant amazement, it held w/o even bulging, and the adhesive prevented it from being pushed out the hole.
I've had several folks tell me the park TB-2 boots are the bees-knees, so I finally broke down and got a pack. Haven't used them yet, but hopefully they will work better than a dollar bill or tube patch if/when the need comes up.
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo
The first time I needed a boot, (sidewall slashed by road debris), I was carrying some pieces cut from an old inner tube, and had to ride 20 miles watching it bulging out the side of the front tire, crossing my fingers.

The second time I needed one, again it was a slashed sidewall from debris hidden among fallen leaves, and the cut was so large I could put my thumb through the hole. This time I was carrying Park TB-2 boots, but I didn't think it would hold. To my pleasant amazement, it held w/o even bulging, and the adhesive prevented it from being pushed out the hole.
You can run dollar bills from bead to bead so the pressure holds the bills in place. With enough bills to be strong enough (and they are quite strong) you can make a substitute tire casing with them. I've patched some pretty impressive cuts with them. Best is that they work in the wet. No glue adhesion issues.

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Wrap a length of silver duct tape around your tire levers (or wherever). If you cut your tire just stick it inside. That works better than trying to shove a dollar bill inside there.
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"Dollar bill" ...

A coin isn't going to do much good.

If you're going to use money, a five dollar bill will be the lowest denomination you can use.
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Originally Posted by kickstart
I've had several folks tell me the park TB-2 boots are the bees-knees, so I finally broke down and got a pack. Haven't used them yet, but hopefully they will work better than a dollar bill or tube patch if/when the need comes up.
I had a frayed spot in a tire, so I cut down a TB-2 to patch it permanently. The boots are sturdy, but the adhesive doesn't do much.

Two weeks later, the edge of the patch cut through my tube. D'oh! So that's why the instructions say it's a temporary-only patch.
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Anyone use Tyvek for a tire boot? I've been carrying around a folded up Tyvek race number in my bag, but I've never had occasion to actually try it.

Originally Posted by 79pmooney
You can run dollar bills from bead to bead so the pressure holds the bills in place. With enough bills to be strong enough (and they are quite strong) you can make a substitute tire casing with them. I've patched some pretty impressive cuts with them. Best is that they work in the wet. No glue adhesion issues.

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I just flashed the mental image of you stashing 10 or 20 dollars in your tires, just in case. Which probably isn't what you meant, but the idea is intriguing. Like a hidden compartment money belt for bikes, and also an extra layer of puncture protection, in addition to tire boot material.

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Originally Posted by wphamilton
Anyone use Tyvek for a tire boot? I've been carrying around a folded up Tyvek race number in my bag, but I've never had occasion to actually try it.
I've used boots cut from Tyvek FedEx envelopes, before. They work, but I didn't leave it in place for very long, so I'm not sure if it's better than using paper money. It's cheap, and doesn't leave you vacillating between walking home and getting that ice cream cone.
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Originally Posted by rm -rf
I had a frayed spot in a tire, so I cut down a TB-2 to patch it permanently. The boots are sturdy, but the adhesive doesn't do much.

Two weeks later, the edge of the patch cut through my tube. D'oh! So that's why the instructions say it's a temporary-only patch.
Yeah, I would consider a boot in any form to be temporary at best.
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