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Old 07-07-08, 06:48 PM
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Tire boot

How long can a dollar bill be used to act as a tire boot for a cut sidewall? Should there be a huge urgency to buy a new tire?
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Old 07-07-08, 06:52 PM
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If the cut was through enough to blow the tire, I'd say yeah - it's urgent. My last one of these was along the edge of the tread, and the dollar bill was about shredded when I got in about 15 miles past the blowout.

I now carry the Park Tool self adhesive boot - which I'd think is much more akin to a patch for the inside of the casing. If I have to use one of these - I'll again replace the tire before the next ride....
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I find duct tape to be the best tire boot. Doesn't slide around like dollar bills or those overnight mailers.
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I had some Schwinn tire boots, and used one on a 26x2.125 tire. These are self-adhesive thingies. Well I used one to fix the tire and then a day or two later, it went flat again. The boot had just slid around in the tire as the tire was flexing and let the hole get uncovered. So I'd say, anything like that, use it to get back to the house or the bike shop and then fix it right. (That tire was big enough, I could buy a small boot at the auto parts place, and fixed it with that- been running it every since).
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here you go

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The dollar's value continues to slide. I wouldn't trust it for more than a few miles these days.
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These work fine too... Cost $3 for a pack of 3 and will last longer than 3 $1 bills

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Pick up some of the wide velox rim tape (wider than you would use for a road bike rim) and apply it to the tire the same way you would apply a patch to a tube. Just use a 2 inch piece of rim tape. What better to keep your tube from poking through the tire, than something designed to keep your tube from poking through your rim? As long as it's glued really well, and the original hole wasn't too large or poorly located, the rim tape should be a confidence inspiring repair. It has been for me.

Please use discretion when deciding what holes can be repaired and which can't though. For those that "should" be repaired, this method should work beautifully. A roll of Velox will put you back maybe 2-3 dollars....and will last you longer than you'll likely need. Those of us who patch tubes always have extra patch glue around anyway, as you always run out of patches before glue (or at least you will if you're doing it right).

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Old 07-08-08, 05:47 AM
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i consider any type of patched tire, especially the infamous dollar bill fix to be a "get you home" method, not something i would go out for another ride with. you're going to need to replace the tire anyway, just do it now.
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Originally Posted by JonnyV View Post
How long can a dollar bill be used to act as a tire boot for a cut sidewall? Should there be a huge urgency to buy a new tire?
this is what a new $1 bill looked looked like after 3 weeks (it was more preventative, than necessary).


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i consider any type of patched tire, especially the infamous dollar bill fix to be a "get you home" method, not something i would go out for another ride with. you're going to need to replace the tire anyway, just do it now.
+1. Unless you're operating on an exceptionally tight budget, use a boot to get you home or to the LBS, and buy a new tire.

For most folks, the cost of giving up on a few miles of useful life in a $40 tire, is far outweighed by the hassle factor.
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I gotta start leaving the twenty's at home and carry more singles...
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I used a gu package as a boot for most of a hilly metric, then put the tire on a spare rim and rode it through 2 winters on rollers. All told I think it added up to something like 1500 miles. Mostly in my basement. I would not have ridden it fo that long on the road.
I will tell you that a tire coming apart on rollers pumped up to 120 psi is something you need to experence!!
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