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Park Tire Boot: How long?

Old 04-07-09, 09:20 PM
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Park Tire Boot: How long?

I had a blowout that revealed a 5mm sidewall cut that bulged when the tube was inflated. Instead of using my dollar bill, my teammate gave me a Park adhesive tire boot. The thing went on quite well and I descending Angeles Crest Hwy with it. I'm cheap, so I want to order the tires from PBK. Do you think this thing will last until the new tires come in?
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Old 04-07-09, 09:25 PM
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Yes. A guy I commute with put one on a glass cut tire last fall and as far as I know he has not replaced the tire. The tire was only about a month old when it happened. I gave him a decent conti grand prix that I had taken off and he has yet to put it on.
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Old 04-07-09, 09:30 PM
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Cool, thanks. The tires are just about worn out anyway, so it wasn't a big loss..
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I used one on one of my cruiser tires, and the thing came unstuck and worked its way around until the tube blew through the hole again. And that was like the day after I had put it in there. So my advice is don't trust those things for anything but to get you home. (If need be, go get a real patch or little boot to put over the spot, just not the plasticky self-stick Park boot.)
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I've never used them, but a few summers ago I did have a sidewall cut on my P2R's with less than 10 miles in. My teammate gave me a chunk of an old Vittoria Atlanta track tubular tire (the yellow cotton tire) and told me to glue it on the inside of the tire. Once the glue dried, I put the tire back on, and raced and trained on those tires until they were square.
The tire was light and thin enough to not cause any thumping, and it made the tire stronger.
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Buy the tires you want then run down to the LBS and ask to dig through the throw away pile of tires and get one of those. sometimes you can find some good ones for free or real cheap. use that till the tire comes in and when you get another big slice you will have a spare tire until you make another order.
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I had a bad experience with a Park boot recently. Only a couple days after putting it in I got another flat and the hole appeared to be right where the edge of the boot caused some abrasion. I've had better luck with dollar bills although they're usually rather tattered by the time I get around to retrieving them. The mylar wrappers from Powerbars/etc. work better and don't have to be reassembled later.
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Should I be concerned if I can see about 1mm x 3mm of white (the boot) through the tire? I don't feel anything while riding, and it handles just like an uncut tire, but it looks like the tire is still trying to tear more.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
Should I be concerned if I can see about 1mm x 3mm of white (the boot) through the tire? I don't feel anything while riding, and it handles just like an uncut tire, but it looks like the tire is still trying to tear more.
I've ridden on a tire when I could see the boot but I went less than 30 miles. I replaced the tire when I get home.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
Should I be concerned if I can see about 1mm x 3mm of white (the boot) through the tire? I don't feel anything while riding, and it handles just like an uncut tire, but it looks like the tire is still trying to tear more.
I can't answer you in terms of miles because my roommate doesn't ride much, but he fixed his slice with one of these boots. You can see the patch from the outside of the tire, and it's been sitting here, fully inflated, for over a week with no issues. Before the boot, the tube was bulging out of the hole.

I have a couple on my commuter bike, but they're not large slices (you can't see the white from the outside, I mostly used them as a precaution) and they've got about 80 miles so far with no issues

I'd say keep rolling on them until you get a new tire and, if possible, get a throw-away from your LBS as a backup like another poster suggested.
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I wouldn't be concerned about seeing a little bit of the boot material from the outside. Just keep an eye on it so you'll notice if the area starts expanding
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How far do you think your body is going to slide after you stop bouncing when you have another blowout descending Angles Crest at 35 MPH? How much is skin worth?
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How far do you think your body is going to slide after you stop bouncing when you have another blowout descending Angles Crest at 35 MPH? How much is skin worth?
You think a lot like me.

It's not bulging and I'm keeping an eye out for that, but I'm thinking I should use one of my old-but-not-sliced tires until the new ones come in... at least for confidence when I do Baldy on Friday.
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Ugh. I got a side wall ding on a tire with less that 50 miles on it. Didn't cut it all the way open, but just enough so there's a bit hanging off and there's a slight bulge at full pressure.

Didn't have the park tire boot but since its not cutting all the way through I put a few layers of duck tape inside and so far so good. If it wasn't a new friggin tire, I'd toss it, but christ this sport is expensive.
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Do yourself a favor and buy at least 3 tires to avoid this in the future. I usually order 6 at a time so I have them in the shop when I need them.
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