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Old 06-21-16, 05:49 AM
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tire boots

So what do you use to boot a tire? I was reading the "do you carry a spare tire thread".
Las't time I booted a tire was a tubular repair a very long time ago. I have not had the need since. But if I was out for more than a few days a boot doesn't weigh much. I'm sure disc vs rim brakes make a difference. So what has worked, or kinda worked for you?
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Old 06-21-16, 05:55 AM
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We just carry a spare but we also have gorilla tape. Also having tires that are suited and durable enough for the task at hand helps a lot
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Booted this glass cut.
It held for 300 miles.

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A few layers of gorilla tape sounds good enough to limp into town on.
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Park sells a boot. They are BIG (can bump a bit), and can be cut down.

I find they do have problems within 1000 miles or so. They can cut a tube. And they can disintegrate or wear through.

I'm currently testing a tire that I've patched with a radial tire patch. Sidewall damage, and moderate penetration through the sidewall. It was ridable without the boot, but I felt more comfortable having booted it.
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A dollar bill works very well. A twenty is 20 tines better, though.
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Originally Posted by Squeezebox View Post
So what do you use to boot a tire? I was reading the "do you carry a spare tire thread".
Las't time I booted a tire was a tubular repair a very long time ago. I have not had the need since. But if I was out for more than a few days a boot doesn't weigh much. I'm sure disc vs rim brakes make a difference. So what has worked, or kinda worked for you?
I think I have a Tire Boot? and I will look at my Arkel Spare Tube bag when I get back get back to Oceanside, California from Myrtle Beach South Carolina

Thanks for reading my "Do you pack a Spare Tire post"

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Originally Posted by Squeezebox View Post
So what do you use to boot a tire? I was reading the "do you carry a spare tire thread".
Las't time I booted a tire was a tubular repair a very long time ago. I have not had the need since. But if I was out for more than a few days a boot doesn't weigh much. I'm sure disc vs rim brakes make a difference. So what has worked, or kinda worked for you?
I carry a square of Tyvek from a mailing envelope. The kind that the US Post Office uses for express mail. It's light, thin, tough and free. I had occasion to use it about 2 weeks ago when I gouged a hole in the sidewall of the tire on my way home. The hole was about the size of a nickel but it got me home.
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Old 06-21-16, 08:42 AM
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A section of a dead sew up Tire.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
I carry a square of Tyvek from a mailing envelope. The kind that the US Post Office uses for express mail. It's light, thin, tough and free.
Great idea, thanks for sharing.
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I used an old receipt paper once but for a short bit on a commute home. Generally I would use a powerfood wrapper or a dollar bill (or hundred if I am big money balling). I might start carrying tyvek but so far I have only had that one tire issue and that was riding after some rain closer to the sidewalk where glass tends to gather.
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A piece of old jeans works great
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Old 06-22-16, 05:38 AM
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
A piece of old jeans works great
I see what you did there.

I have a commercial one which is thin plastic with one sticky side. I've often thought that if I didn't have one on board, and because I carry a pocket knife on tour, I could fashion a boot out of thin plastic from one of the many thousands of drink bottles thrown from motor vehicles in all states here except South Australia (which has, I think, a 15-cent deposit on each drink container).
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Old 06-22-16, 05:54 AM
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I keep a few inches of duct tape wrapped around a tire lever. It can be used as a boot... or even for clothing repair.
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Old 06-22-16, 09:38 AM
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I've used an energy bar wrapper a couple times, but those only seem good for 5 miles or so before they shift or blow out. I've got to remember to cut up the next Tyvek envelope that comes in and scatter pieces into every seat bag, pannier, and bar bag I own -- I've use a Tyvek boot for hundreds of miles.
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Or a Tire Repair Boot
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On my last tour, I had a tire fail (Panaracer Col de la Vie) right at the bead. The sidewall tore away from the bead. No booting that. Fortunately I had a spare tire with me.

Last summer, out on a solo century, I hit some glass that badly gashed my tire. I was about 55 miles from home () so I booted the tire with a Clif bar wrapper, which worked really well, and headed for home. Fortunately I found an open bike shop about 30 miles later (quite a surprise on Sunday afternoon, but I wasn't going to complain), so I bought a new tire.

My randonneuring bike has a few minor gashes in the tires, all booted with hockey tape, probably not necessary, but good for peace of mind.
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A piece of dead clincher sidewall. Cut the bead and tread off with tin snips. If needed, glue in with patch kit cement.

Last time I used a dollar bill, I was able to turn in the bill at a bank for a refund since it still had both serial numbers after a twenty mile ride into town.
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Alex, how about "what is gorilla tape" for $200

The adhesive back really helps with exact placement and keeps it in position better than a dollar bill or a candy wrapper and the stuff is tuff.
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This: Emergency Tire Boot | Park Tool

The first time I needed a tire boot, (sidewall cut), all I had with me were some pieces of an old inner tube.
It bulged well out of the sidewall, forcing me to run a lower pressure to keep it from pushing out.

The last time it happened, (sidewall cut again), I had the Park boots with me.
The hole was so huge I could easily put my thumb through it.
I didn't think a boot would hold, but the Park boot held nicely.
Without the self-adhesive on the Park boot to keep it in place, I suspect I might have been walking.
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
I've used an energy bar wrapper a couple times, but those only seem good for 5 miles or so before they shift or blow out. I've got to remember to cut up the next Tyvek envelope that comes in and scatter pieces into every seat bag, pannier, and bar bag I own -- I've use a Tyvek boot for hundreds of miles.
Actually, the best non-tire related boot is a Nature Valley Granola bar wrapper (the hard granola bar kind). It's a wonder of engineering even if the granola bar is kind of nasty The package is a sandwich of paper on the outside, mylar in the middle and a stretchy plastic layer on the inside. It's almost as good as the tire in terms of strength. By comparison, an energy bar is just the mylar and plastic. It has little strength

I just wish the bar was better.
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