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Punctured Side Wall Repair or Replace?

Old 05-28-15, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by seymour1910 View Post
This. Exactly this, anyone saying it's no big deal is playing with fire here. It baffles me how cyclist have no issue paying 2k+ for a bike, high prices for wheels, but risk everything trying to avoid spending $30 on a tire.

True...
Although tires are consumables, and can cost $50+, might as well make them last. I've stretched the lifetime of my tires a bit, but I'm pretty sure I've already spent more on tires than the original purchase of my bike.

I don't worry about flats too much. They are part of life. I would probably put the worst tire on the rear though. I don't think I've ever come close to crashing due to a flat. I think I even rolled a poorly glued sewup once and still stayed upright.

Nonetheless, a PREVENTABLE blowout on the road would be a big pain to deal with, and could mean a long walk home. We do have 24 hour Walmarts, but I can never expect to buy anything there that will actually fit my bike.

I am permanently running a boot in one of my tires (may not have been necessary, but gave some peace of mind). However, I don't like how close that very long scratch is to the bead, I doubt a boot would fit in well, or help much.

I doubt the extra high pressure from the shop caused the problem, but it could have made a preexisting condition worse.
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Old 05-28-15, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by B1KE View Post
I notice I have a puncture in my side wall,
Not a "puncture".

Save $40 dollars and risk it failing at an inconvenient time. Seems like a good idea.

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I think it started when my LBS over inflated my tires. The tires are Specialized Espoir sport 700 x30(same ones as on diverge) so I figured they are pretty bullet proof. They have a PSI of 85-95 but the idiot at the shop pumped them up to 110 and when I took it for a spin I also hit a nasty pothole and heard a loud clunking noise as I rode through it which made matters worse. When I got home I checked the PSi and it said 110. Which makes sense that it would cause the hole and create a big bulge.
The over inflation isn't relevant. You scraped the tire on something (the edge of the pothole, I guess). You'd get a bulge with the correct pressure too.

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It's a shame I have to change tires but I think I will play it safe and buy 2 new replacements.
There isn't any requirement to replace both if the other tire is fine. They don't have to match either.

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Old 05-28-15, 01:20 PM
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I decided to change the tire.

Thank you everyone for your advice and insight. I learned a lot in the process and also learned how to change the tire on my own.

$35 is a small price to pay for safety and peace of mind.
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Old 05-28-15, 01:23 PM
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The back tire is the one that had the puncture so as per everyone's advice I replaced the rear with the new one and have the old tire on the front. That's the best way to do it?

I'm thinking it's also a good decision because since the rear wears twice as much as the front , when my front is bad the rear will also be bad and I can replace both the next time around.

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Old 05-28-15, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by B1KE View Post
The back tire is the one that had the puncture so as per everyone's advice I replaced the rear with the new one and have the old tire on the front. That's the best way to do it?

I'm thinking it's also a good decision because since the rear wears twice as much as the front , when my front is bad the rear will also be bad and I can replace both the next time around.
Many people, myself included, put the old front tire on the rear and put the new tire on the front. The logic is that an old tire may be more prone to flats or failure, and a flat on the front is more likely to lead to a crash. However, if the 'old' tire is not too badly worn - like it was always a front tire, then it shouldn't make too much difference. I personally don't see the reason that replacing both tires at the same time is preferable.
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Old 05-28-15, 01:46 PM
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To each their own but I always put the new tire on the front. When my rear tire is worn or has more cuts than I'm comfortable with, I move the front tire to the rear and put the new one up front.

Edit: Ahh I see Wilfred beat me to my point.
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Old 05-28-15, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
Put the new one in the back and you won't notice the difference after a few days...week...month, depending on how much you ride.
Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
Lots of debate on that. Some people suggest putting the best tire up front.

I rarely grind all the way down to the threads before replacing, but I've been trying to even out the wear a bit, but would probably put the oldest tire on the back so it would wear out and be replaced quicker.
Originally Posted by B1KE View Post
The back tire is the one that had the puncture so as per everyone's advice I replaced the rear with the new one and have the old tire on the front. That's the best way to do it?

I'm thinking it's also a good decision because since the rear wears twice as much as the front , when my front is bad the rear will also be bad and I can replace both the next time around.
Originally Posted by seymour1910 View Post
To each their own but I always put the new tire on the front. When my rear tire is worn or has more cuts than I'm comfortable with, I move the front tire to the rear and put the new one up front.

Edit: Ahh I see Wilfred beat me to my point.
I should clarify that I was only saying put the new tire on the back to wear it down like the other...that said, I have just replaced the back tire before, usually when I f' up the back tire and the front tire is still relatively new. In a perfect world, with no tire damage to either tire over the life of them, then I'd rotate. Of course, at the moment I have more new tires laying around than most bike shops, so half warn tires usually get moved to the beater and new tires get put on the nice bikes.
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