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Do you think this tire is safe to ride?

Old 10-14-13, 12:32 PM
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Do you think this tire is safe to ride?

~1/4" gash that is through the inner casing. I have shoe goo on order but that was before I realized it had gone clear through.

Any way to repair it from the inside?

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Old 10-14-13, 12:33 PM
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I think a boot would suffice
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^^ Thanks. Would something like using a tube patch from the inside work (glue and all)?
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Originally Posted by megalowmatt View Post
^^ Thanks. Would something like using a tube patch from the inside work (glue and all)?
Sure. That's what I'd normally use for something like that
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I'd use a park tool tire boot myself, rather than a tube patch.
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I'd use a park tool tire boot myself, rather than a tube patch.
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Originally Posted by jmX View Post
I'd use a park tool tire boot myself, rather than a tube patch.
I didn't even know there was such a thing. Good to know!

Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
Sure. That's what I'd normally use for something like that
I may try this first but that Park boot looks great.
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Duct tape will work
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I had a similar cut on my old rear tire.

I put a glueless patch on, and it worked for a while, but then I started flatting all the time. So I put a boot on, but the edge of the boot then started giving me flats.

I think that a real patch would suffice enough to keep you rolling. If nothing else, you can relegate it to a trainer tire after a while.
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Originally Posted by megalowmatt View Post
I may try this first but that Park boot looks great.
I keep Park boots as part of my emergency kit. This cut is small enough that I don't think you'll need anything that good. It all depends on how bad it is on the inside.
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Park Tool Tire boots rock. They've saved my hide more than once.
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
I keep Park boots as part of my emergency kit. This cut is small enough that I don't think you'll need anything that good. It all depends on how bad it is on the inside.
The cut on the inside is very small. Probably less than 1/8".
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Pull on the loose rubber gently and see if the threads (casing) are cut, use a bright flashlight or if all else fails inspect from the INSIDE.

If the threads are uncut, ride on and seal the loose rubber from the outside with super glue or shoe goo.

If a few threads are cut, then you need a boot as above.

p.s. just my OCD showing, but if that is on the front I would move it to the back. A surprise blowout is better on the back than the front IMO.
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Originally Posted by megalowmatt View Post
The cut on the inside is very small. Probably less than 1/8".
Oh, don't worry. If you don't boot it, it'll get bigger if the cords are cut.
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If it's bulging, boot it. Keep in mind the boot won't last forever though. Just keep watch over it; replace the boot if it starts to fail. There is no real need for shoe goo, in my experience. But that is up to you. Superglue also works.
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Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
I keep Park boots as part of my emergency kit. This cut is small enough that I don't think you'll need anything that good. It all depends on how bad it is on the inside.
Too good? They only cost about $1 - I'd rather put the boot in and have the extra reinforcement.
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I just use pieces cut from an old tube. But I just use that to finish my ride. I replace any tire with a cut big enough to need a boot (has only happened to me twice, both on tires with more than a few miles on them).
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Too good? They only cost about $1 - I'd rather put the boot in and have the extra reinforcement.
I use boots to actually boot tires. It sounds like in the OP's case, he just has a little hole on the inside that might be rough enough to puncture a tube. I just use the minimum that it takes.
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Thanks everyone! I'm going to boot it tonight. Good to hear it's ok to ride and it's on the rear
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I would superglue that and use it on the rear wheel only. ymmv
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I've tried superglue on cuts. It's never lasted more than a couple of rides. I think the glue is too brittle. Shoe goo does work, but the leftover goo dries out in the glue tube after a few months, so I usually don't have any available.

A tube patch would probably work on this very small cut. A piece of bike tube as a patch would stretch as easily as the tube itself, so I wouldn't use that.

I tried booting a bigger sidewall cut with a cut piece off an old tire's sidewall. Even though that is very strong, it still bulged a little, and I decided not to trust it, and quit using the tire.

A folded dollar bill as a boot worked great on a ride last year. That's a temporary fix, of course.
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Super glue NG IMO. It's hard and brittle. Just boot. Gorilla Tape works well.
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Pull on the loose rubber gently and see if the threads (casing) are cut, use a bright flashlight or if all else fails inspect from the INSIDE.

If the threads are uncut, ride on and seal the loose rubber from the outside with super glue or shoe goo.

If a few threads are cut, then you need a boot as above.
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Originally Posted by rm -rf View Post
A folded dollar bill as a boot worked great on a ride last year. That's a temporary fix, of course.
From the size of that hole it looks like he needs to use a twenty.

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Great excuse to GAS over new tires.

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