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post #31 of 48 Old 02-16-2017, 06:53 PM
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Seriously small kit ...no reason not to carry



I'd be concerned about getting it into the tire with the small handle but as you say ...different system and I like the idea of a knot.

We carry the compressor that came with the mushroom plug kit but it's not that effective getting the tire up to 30+ lb. Any one recommend a better one?


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post #32 of 48 Old 02-16-2017, 08:45 PM
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I carry a Nealey kit now -- it's basically a "sticky string" type of plug that's installed a little differently than most. They also are made with a slightly different compound that doesn't require glue. When you install it properly you end up with a knot on the inside of the tire that retains the plug. They're very versatile, and they even come in a nice little tube that tucks into your tool kit.
Nealey Tire Repair Kit - Repair Kits (the mini kit is perfect for motorcycles and cars)

I've never once had a problem with the Nealey plugs or with the many "sticky string" plugs I've installed.
I can say that I've only used them with radials and they've always worked great with many thousands on the tires.
That said I say use whatever you feel comfortable with since near as I can tell they all work great.
Checked my kit this afternoon and I need some new ones so I think I'll try those Nealey's out. Thanks for the link!
Question - how do they last long term under the seat? IOW I have these under my seat for 2 years and go to use one is it viable?
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Seriously small kit ...no reason not to carry



I'd be concerned about getting it into the tire with the small handle but as you say ...different system and I like the idea of a knot.

We carry the compressor that came with the mushroom plug kit but it's not that effective getting the tire up to 30+ lb. Any one recommend a better one?
It used to be called the Sparrow Now it's called the Airman.
Small enough to tuck into that "shelf" under the seat where the brake light is, I've filled tires up to 70 psi (bicycle) and the gauge is reasonably accurate.
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I agree with Bugzy. Had a plug fitted from inside, when I got a nail in a tire that was 890 km young. Rode at freeway speeds with that plugged tire, but checked tire pressure before each ride. At 10,649 km I decided to change the tire, as it started to loose pressure at the plug. Out of interest for yourself, compare the tire heat of the two wheels with your hand, after a ride. Lower pressure more heat vs correct pressure less heat.
I agree with Bugzy too. I was in the tire business for many years and our policy was to plug the tire to keep moisture from seeping into the hole and rusting the steel belts around the hole which could cause a tread separation over the long term. Then it was patched from the inside to keep the air in. Its certainly riskier to ride on a repaired motorcycle tire than a car tire for the reasons stated but I think a repair using the above method is perfectly acceptable.

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Seriously small kit ...no reason not to carry



I'd be concerned about getting it into the tire with the small handle but as you say ...different system and I like the idea of a knot.

We carry the compressor that came with the mushroom plug kit but it's not that effective getting the tire up to 30+ lb. Any one recommend a better one?
Airman C60A54 Tour Pump Air Compressor - Compact size with cigarette plug https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002UEKXOW/

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The only "strings" I have seen and used don't require any additional glue.

Am I missing something?

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The only "strings" I have seen and used don't require any additional glue.

Am I missing something?

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Belts and suspenders. My slow leaks have been reduced by glue and goo. Glue lubes them some too, so they slide in the correct depth and the tool comes out easier. I wait a little longer with the glue method before riding. Lunch or a quick nap.

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One thing no one's brought up -- it appears the bike may still wearing its original tires from 2012. In that case, the decision is easy -- use the puncture as the perfect excuse to replace those old nasty hardened five year old tires.
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We carry the compressor that came with the mushroom plug kit but it's not that effective getting the tire up to 30+ lb. Any one recommend a better one?

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I wouldn't hesitate to plug a motorcycle tire.
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Belts and suspenders. My slow leaks have been reduced by glue and goo. Glue lubes them some too, so they slide in the correct depth and the tool comes out easier. I wait a little longer with the glue method before riding. Lunch or a quick nap.
One thing I learned was to make sure I give the insertion tool a good twist before pulling it out. It makes a little ball with the "string" in the inside of the tire and by doing that I have never had any leaks.

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