Tubes Ran over a razor blade - repair or new tire?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by sabala, Apr 3, 2009.

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  1. sabala

    sabala Guest

    So a few days after my 1st blowout, (and 2nd flat) I was riding the same route and again a loud and sudden PFFT!!! instant flat.

    This time I walked back up the street to see what the heck I went over. I saw the Slime residue blast mark in the street and a few feet behind that was a lovely box cutter razor blade I assume I'd run over...twice! I brought it home to properly dispose of it. It was quite dirty and rusted so it blended into the asphalt making it even harder to see at 7:30pm.

    Anyway, I now have TWO basically still new tires now, both with about 1 1/2" - 2" long cut all the way through in the center of the tread. I am wondering if they are toast now and it's better to get a new tire altogether or is it something that can be easily repaired by say, taping the inside of the tire or cementing a piece of inner tube or something to patch it?

    Any thoughts?

  2. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    sorry to say
    but regarding your safety
    best to throw away
    makes it's better wishing to live another day

    a tire is something in which we may bet our life
    wishing to be sure to make it home safe
    to either husband or wife...

    as we ride those motor bikes
  3. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    Probably better to throw them away but i would do more research to see if their salvageable.Pick the brains of a few ppl in bike shops.....ask around.
    Most things can be repaired so i can't see why not tyres,especially near new tyres(provided the structural integrity isn't still compromised by the repair)
  4. sabala

    sabala Guest

    Well, I'll hang on to the cut ones in case they can be repaired but I'll also get a new one just to be sure. Thinking of getting the Michelin City Trekking Bike Tire.

    HERPER Member

    if i was you.. and considering the cost of these tubes.. buy a new one.. your goin at high speeds and i personally wouldnt trust a repair.
  6. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Trash those tires and mount a metal detector on the front of your bike...

    Hey did you call homeland security and report the box cutters !!!!
    It could be a Al-queda plot !!!!

    Just kidding ,,, Yea new tires.. with kevlar. new tubes... and get those nifty tire liners also... You will be bullitproff ( almost) then all you will have to worry about is air pressure...
  7. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    I like those

    hadn't seen these tires before -- I like those Michelin's a lot
    for the price -- seem like a winner

    once more if you don't mind -- please throw old damaged tire's away
    it's not worth trying to repair

    note -- one can apply a patch from the inside of a ((slightly torn tire))
    key word to remember -- ((((slightly))))

    up to 1/4 in tear probably ok -------- 1/4 to 1/2 in and above no no

    ride that MB thing
  8. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    These are the tires

    I replace my stock tires with after getting a rear flat 10 minutes after installing my engine...

    They are Rock Solid and at a fair price ..
    I feel like tires are no longer going to be a issue after 500 miles on these without even having to put more air in them....
  9. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    Good tyres...i use them on most of my builds(except rear of friction drive)
  10. sabala

    sabala Guest

    Thanks for the thoughts everyone!

    Well, I picked up the Michelin for the rear tire,(almost got that Serfas Drifter) it's great! Have it at 77 PSI (goes to 87) and it glides way better than the T&C. It also has the reflective stripe around the sidewalls which I like.

    Looks like any repair in the tire would just be a temporary fix, like, only to make it back home and then that's it. So, I'll drop the damaged 2 off at the tire recyclin' place so they can be born again!

    Watch out for those roadside razor blades people!
  11. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    there you go

    there you go -- wouldn't want to see you get hurt as you ride the motor bike
  12. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Yea did you hear about Kawasaki999 he had a blowout and is in the hospital !!!!!
    don't need anymore of that .......