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    Puncture in tire

    SO I got a flat yesterday the stick that I ran over poked a hole in the tire big enough that is about the size of a pen tip or large nail easily visible. My question is how will the tire be effected by the hole. Is it going to be weak there? should I patch the interior? Is it garbage? Or put a tube in and forget about it?
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    If you have damaged too many cords in the casing it's done. It may be possible to patch the inside of a tire with boot, but I wouldn't trust a tire with such a patch. Tires are one of the most important components of a bike and not worth any compromise.

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    Patch the tire, it should be ok.

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    Boot it. Otherwise, the new tube will squish out through the tire and be very vulnerable to future punctures.

    The best way I've found to permanently boot a tire is with a radial tire flat repair kit from an auto shop. This is a couple reinforced patches and some adhesive. Glue the patch to the inside of the tire over the hole. Keep an eye on it in future - I've got quite a lot of miles on a tire with one of these patches, but if the hole continues to grow, you'll need a new tire.
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    Re: Puncture in tire

    If you want to save yourself a few bucks, just cut a piece of plastic out of an old soda bottle the 2 liter kind. Put it on the inside of the tire and air it up with the tube. Ride it and replace the tire as needed later.

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    Thanks for the reply's I think I will attempt the fixes suggested above and buy a new tire for when or if it fails

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    I patched the inside of my Maxxis Ardent tire several months ago. It got a huge hole in it from a stick. that tire was set up tubeless and the hole was too big for any amount of sealant to seal it up. it's been holding air with sealant for months after that patch, no problem. I just used a regular generic glued patch.

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    Thanks Mack that is exactly what I am gonna do in the morning then hit the trails. This JOB thing gets in the way of my fun

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    It should be fine.

    Have you tried Stan's NoTubes. It will work even if you have inner tubes

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    Quote Originally Posted by skewe View Post
    It should be fine.

    Have you tried Stan's NoTubes. It will work even if you have inner tubes
    I put a new tube and patched the inside of the tire with a regular glue patch. Rode it pretty hard and it doesn't look like the puncture grew after the ride but it is easily visible and has a small rise from the patch. I have a back up for when it goes.

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    Don't worry about the rise. You can get one of those smaller patch kits you get at walmart. it works too

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