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Slice in tyre sidewall

Postby boss » Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:33 pm

Hi all,

I discovered a slice in the sidewall of my tyre this morning, and this evening I had a flat.

I hadn't noticed the slice previously, but when I changed the tube there was a patch in the same spot as the slice. So I figure it's been there since I bought it (the bike is 2nd hand, had it for around 2 weeks).

To get me through I put some folded up glossy paper inside the tube and pumped it up. Seems to of held for now.

Has anyone got good tips for sidewall repair? I was thinking maybe using a tube patch against the tyre. But open to ideas.

Cheers all.
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Re: Slice in tyre sidewall

Postby Matt_Matt » Wed Oct 10, 2012 7:42 pm

Maybe post a photo to show the damaged area, but my initial advice would be to bin the tyre.

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Re: Slice in tyre sidewall

Postby RonK » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:32 pm

Replace the tyre.
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Re: Slice in tyre sidewall

Postby Farmer Elvis » Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:09 pm

I agree bin it, if its your front tyre it's dangerous, tyres are cheap
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Re: Slice in tyre sidewall

Postby hotshod » Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:20 pm

jimboss wrote:Hi all,

Has anyone got good tips for sidewall repair? I was thinking maybe using a tube patch against the tyre. But open to ideas.

Cheers all.



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Re: Slice in tyre sidewall

Postby twizzle » Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:13 am

I'm going to say "depends". If the tyre isn't deforming around the cut when fully inflated inflated, you haven't damaged the tyre enough for it to need replacing. I use the self-adhesive tube repair patches on this sort of cut. But keep an eye on it, tyres are under a heck of a lot of force, so the damage might spread.
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Re: Slice in tyre sidewall

Postby schwing » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:57 pm

PLus 1 for me on the replace option. Ride it out of trouble , but replace it as soon as you are able.

Bigger possibility of a blow out or puncture, leading to face plant damaged wheels bike etc time off work, much more expensive than 1 tyre
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Re: Slice in tyre sidewall

Postby boss » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:38 pm

Yeah sorry for the lack of an update guys.

I binned it.

Then a couple of days later the rear tyre got a massive slit across its face, binned that too.

The bike was second hand so I suppose the tyres were at the end of their life.

I could have saved the front (sidewall slit) with some floss and an internal patch job, but had bad visions of failure. With good quality tyres at $50 a pop locally, it wasn't worth messing around with.

Thanks for the input guys!
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