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Fixing a slit tire

Fixing a slit tire

While out riding, someone in my group ran over a piece of debris in the road that cut the wall of his tire. The cut was all the way through to the tube, a little more than 1/4 inch in length, vertically on the side of a 21c tire.

I've never had this happened before... wondering if anyone has any experience or suggestions for how to get the tire rideable. We tried a patch on the tire but it went flat again less than two miles later.

Thanks!

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Re: Fixing a slit tire

You could try a dollar bill or wrapper from a Power Bar inside the tire; depending on the size and location of the slit usually that will be enough to at least let you finish the ride.

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Re: Fixing a slit tire

Cut a one and a half to two inch piece out of an old tire and then trim off the bead on either side (wire or otherwise).  Carry that with you on all rides.  To use the "boot", just incert it inside the tire at the location of the cut or hole and make sure it stays in place as you inflate the tube.  I have always carried one and on several occasions over the years it has allowed someone else to get back.  Once, 70 miles into a century ride I had a bent nail go in and out of the side wall of my rear tire.  The boot allowed me to safely complete the ride with no further problems.  It's free, it weighs just about nothing and it works.  It doesn't get much better than that!

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Re: Fixing a slit tire

Thanks!

The tire is a great idea. But I always carry a few dollars with me, so I'll remember to use those in a pinch!

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Re: Fixing a slit tire

I use duct tape on the inside of the damaged tire...always works by creating a smooth surface on the inside of the slit to prevent blowout caused by sharp edges of the slit. I roll the tape on a small piece of thin cardboard and always keep it in the saddle bag.

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