Frugal living and sidewalls
Need some help with the risk evaluation of my cheap living lifestyle. Currently, when I get a sidewall tear (Blow-out or slit resulting in innertube hernia) I replace the tire. When I get a partial tear (resulting in, at most a blister), I start pondering how far I should push my luck. I've been known to take park rides around town on these tires figuring that's why I carry a tire boot. Yesterday when I was reviewing my rear tire I saw four such blisters. That got me thinking about how I was potentially close to a walk home.
How far do you push your luck?
(On a semi-related side note I've been putting on heavier and heavier tires. While comparing a bike tire to a dirt-bike tire, I realized I had bought exclusively wire beads lately. In fact, thinking back on it, there wasn't even a choice. Doing some research it seems the wire bead to be favoured for converting to tubeless. Is this the case? Am I the last one in the valley riding tubes?)
Thanks for the help.
regarding tire booting and frugality
If you don't run v-brakes all you are risking is the inevitable tire flat/fix or worst case the walk back to the car after a scare when the tube blows.
If you cut down tires a lot just avoid the tubeless conversion, a slash will leave you booting a slimy tire with a tube anyway or walking out.
As far as tires go I have converted wire and kevlar beads equally it all depends on fit on the rim. A tight fit is better although I have and seen others burp air while descending on tight fitting tires and I have yet to see anyone with wire beads burp tires.
Have you tried DH tires with reinforced sidewalls? I used to use specialized DH tires on my bike with a reinforced side wall rear and a lighter single ply front both in the same tread. Never was able to even scuff the sidewalls.
The other thing I search out for AZ riding is tires that have substantial side lugs with minimal gaps between prevent sidewall contact or slicing between lugs.
Thanks for the info and advice. I've found myself with a 2.5" minion up front and a DH tire out back. Based on your post, I'll go through a few of these tires prior to trying to make the tubeless conversion. I'll also look at the side lugs and see if I get any more gashes.
I just got goth served!
Dude, I'm the cheapest of the cheap.
I probably shouldn't even admit how far I run my equipement into the ground. I say preemptively boot your tires before they really blow. Cut a section of old sidewall from an old worn out tire (cut the bead off, too), and contact cement it to inside of the sidewall tear. I can't justify throwing away a $50 tire with good tread because of a side cut. I have a booted XC tire that I've been running for over a year.
Just make sure you use the contact cement correctly. Apply to both surfaces, let dry, then push them together.
In the desert, I quit buying tires with thin sidewalls. Ocotillo is unforgiving.
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Thanks Heloise. (for the tip and for letting me know I wasn't the only one who wants to save a buck.
Originally Posted by silversurfer