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    A Makeshift Boot to the Rescue!

    Notice that cut tire in the first photo? Not something you want to have happen 19 miles into a bike ride! I don't know what I hit but my tire/tube went immediately flat. I looked around and still didn't find anything sharp.

    Usually I'll have a couple dollar bills with me or an energy gel packet. Either would work as a boot. Unfortunately I didn't have them so I looked around and fortunately there was some litter on the side of the road. This was a big slice so I'd need a good sized piece of plastic something to even have a chance of it working.

    I found the perfect thing! Something labeled 'purple haze' that I think was for cigar wrappers. I tucked it into my tire and inserted a new tube. I went back to my house the quickest way I could which was 12 miles and, miraculously, it held! The last photo shows how much it was bulging out by the time I got back.

    Usually getting a flat is a pretty routine fix but this required some ingenuity and luck to work.

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    I need to start making sure I carry something for these because I might not be so lucky next time. Has anyone else had to resort to using a makeshift material to form a boot for a cut tire?
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    So your post is about Wheels and Tires?
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    I woulda called mommy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by factory feel View Post
    I woulda called mommy.
    That was a pretty huge slash. I'm surprised the boot worked!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    That was a pretty huge slash. I'm surprised the boot worked!
    I'm hearing Purple Haze is some good chit man, that I can tell you.

    Plus, can you imagine how excited he must have been in anticipation of getting to a computer and posting this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    That was a pretty huge slash. I'm surprised the boot worked!
    I was pretty surprised as well. I stopped about halfway home to check on it and it had bulged out somewhat but didn't go that much further out by the time I got home. I think the piece of plastic litter worked better than a dollar bill would have given the size of the slice. I was tempted to keep it for future use!
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    Wow, a huge cut.

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    I wrap my spare tube in a piece of tyvek cut from an overnight letter envelope or from an event ride pin-on number. It's about 3 inches x 5 inches. That protects the tube when it's in the saddle bag.

    (Haven't had to use it, so far....wish me luck on the next ride!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rm -rf View Post
    Wow, a huge cut.

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    I wrap my spare tube in a piece of tyvek cut from an overnight letter envelope or from an event ride pin-on number. It's about 3 inches x 5 inches. That protects the tube when it's in the saddle bag.

    (Haven't had to use it, so far....wish me luck on the next ride!)
    That sounds like a good dual purpose use for a material. I keep my spare tube in its paper box that it comes in which provides some protection for it but leaves it vulnerable to wetness.

    I knew Iíd need something with some stiffness. I think that wrapper probably had similar consistency to the material youíre describing.

    Iíve had small rips in tires before but nothing this large. It definitely put the boot method to the test.
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    The one time I had a slash that bad I used one of those Park Tool boots. I was shocked it, or anything for that matter, could make a tire slash that bad rideable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    So your post is about Wheels and Tires?
    Shux, I opened it thinking that it belonged in Apparel and Cycling clothes
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    I had one similar to that about 5 years ago. I was tubeless at the time and that completely finished tubeless on the road for me. It was such a mess I changed tires and installed tubes as soon as I got home. Never again.

    I think Tyvex is another excellent suggestion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Strongbow View Post
    The one time I had a slash that bad I used one of those Park Tool boots. I was shocked it, or anything for that matter, could make a tire slash that bad rideable.
    Those have adhesive on them, correct? That would be preferable but as long as care is taken in its placement, a makeshift boot should hold position pretty well given the force applied against it. How long did you have to ride on it? I doubt I would have gotten much more than the 12 miles I did.

    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    I had one similar to that about 5 years ago. I was tubeless at the time and that completely finished tubeless on the road for me. It was such a mess I changed tires and installed tubes as soon as I got home. Never again.

    I think Tyvex is another excellent suggestion.
    I have no interest in going tubeless for road but this is definitely a good argument to continue using tubes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonB176 View Post
    Those have adhesive on them, correct? That would be preferable but as long as care is taken in its placement, a makeshift boot should hold position pretty well given the force applied against it. How long did you have to ride on it? I doubt I would have gotten much more than the 12 miles I did.
    Yes and I'm pretty sure the adhesive made the difference.
    I forget how long exactly but I remember where it happened and where home was so can say it was at the veryleast 30 miles.

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    What about making a boot out of a soda or water bottle? Might stop the tube from bulging.

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    Looks like you crashed into someone who was riding disk breaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmach View Post
    What about making a boot out of a soda or water bottle? Might stop the tube from bulging.
    I'd be worried about the cut edge of the plastic getting the tube.
    Too old to ride plastic

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    I've seen cuts like that from running over vehicle wheel-balancing weights that have fallen off on the road - both for myself and a riding buddy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChipper View Post
    I've seen cuts like that from running over vehicle wheel-balancing weights that have fallen off on the road - both for myself and a riding buddy.
    Did you and/or your riding buddy make it home okay with a boot similar to mine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonB176 View Post
    Did you and/or your riding buddy make it home okay with a boot similar to mine?
    Actually, I had a proper boot with me that we used for his tire. I carry it with me all the time now since *I* ran over the wheel weight and it sliced my tire. To make the boot, I cut the bead off of an old tire and carry a section about 3" long in my seat pack. Has saved me one or two other times too when I got bad cuts a long way from home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldChipper View Post
    Actually, I had a proper boot with me that we used for his tire. I carry it with me all the time now since *I* ran over the wheel weight and it sliced my tire. To make the boot, I cut the bead off of an old tire and carry a section about 3" long in my seat pack. Has saved me one or two other times too when I got bad cuts a long way from home.
    And I just threw away my old tires.

    Never seen anything like the OPís problem. Crazy cut, Iíve only had a small sidewall hit so far.
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    I had light-weight tubular wheels and tires on all my bikes, but switched to clinchers many years ago. I always keep a couple of different size sections cut from an old tubular tire with each bike. A well-worn lightweight clincher tire with the bead cut off should work just as well. I'm sure we all have worn out tires and if not you will soon. Save one or two!

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