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An Emergency Fix

Old 05-26-18, 03:52 AM
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An Emergency Fix

I was riding to an errand and heard the dreaded hiss of air escaping from the front tire. I stopped to change the tube but found that the tire had a small hole in the center of the tread due to wear on the spot. The tread still shows knobs around it but somehow that sport became threadbare and the tube got exposed and rubbed by the road at that point. So, replacing the tube will instantly damage the new one. A long walk home was imminent and I would have to miss the appointment I was going to.

Luckily, there was a discarded 500 ml water bottle nearby. I cut out a 3" section of the bottle, flattened it and used it as an emergency boot inside the tire. It fit perfectly inside a 26" MTB tire. I was able to ride a few miles and finish my errand and took a commuter train home.

That was the only time I was glad to see a discarded water bottle on the roadside.
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Old 05-26-18, 04:10 AM
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A folded paper money bill also works, and even some fallen leaves, as a mechanic once told me.
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Originally Posted by ak08820 View Post
I was riding to an errand and heard the dreaded hiss of air escaping from the front tire. I stopped to change the tube but found that the tire had a small hole in the center of the tread due to wear on the spot. The tread still shows knobs around it but somehow that sport became threadbare and the tube got exposed and rubbed by the road at that point. So, replacing the tube will instantly damage the new one. A long walk home was imminent and I would have to miss the appointment I was going to.

Luckily, there was a discarded 500 ml water bottle nearby. I cut out a 3" section of the bottle, flattened it and used it as an emergency boot inside the tire. It fit perfectly inside a 26" MTB tire. I was able to ride a few miles and finish my errand and took a commuter train home.

That was the only time I was glad to see a discarded water bottle on the roadside.
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Old 05-26-18, 12:38 PM
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A folded paper money bill also works, and even some fallen leaves, as a mechanic once told me.
That's what I always use. I've told several people that it's better to use a $20.00 than a $1.00. If you've got a $20 in there you're less likely to forget about it when you get home.
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That's what I always use. I've told several people that it's better to use a $20.00 than a $1.00. If you've got a $20 in there you're less likely to forget about it when you get home.
Heh. One time all I had was one twenty and had to use that. I had to borrow money from another rider to purchase snacks. That's why I always try to carry at least one $1 bill. One time I used a $10 and totally forgot about it. Nice surprise when I replaced the tire a few weeks later.
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Heh. One time all I had was one twenty and had to use that. I had to borrow money from another rider to purchase snacks. That's why I always try to carry at least one $1 bill. One time I used a $10 and totally forgot about it. Nice surprise when I replaced the tire a few weeks later.
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