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Flats - Do you need to patch the tire?

Old 05-25-09, 03:49 AM
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Flats - Do you need to patch the tire?

When replacing the tire tube on the side of a road when a flat occurs, Do i also need to patch the hole in the tire to stop any pinching on the newly replaced tube or will the same tire be fine with out any alterations?
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check to see what caused the puncture. remove debris if necessary. install new tube. inflate. ride.
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if the casing is damaged, i'll put a patch on as a boot.
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Originally Posted by botto
check to see what caused the puncture. remove debris if necessary. install new tube. inflate. ride.
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you dont need to do anything to the tire unless it has a decent size rip or hole.
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Examine the tire where the puncture was. If it's a cut and you can see tube, then you need to do something about it. Even if there is only a little tiny bit of tube visible, it'll wear as the tire flexes. If you are on a ride, you should protect the tube with a "boot", which is a piece of material that you insert between tire and tube. I carry a couple cut from old race numbers. They are made from Tyvek which is thin, light and tough. USPS shipping envelopes are made from the same stuff.

You can also inspect the tire casing from the inside as you are replacing the tube. If there is a visible cut on the inside side then the tire is should be replaced when you finish your ride.

Most punctures don't injure the tire enough to require replacement.
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It will usually be fine if it's just some debris. Just make sure you clear it out. However if there is a tear in the tire or small hole you will need to boot it. Last time I had one I used a dollar bill and its still working fine.
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