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post #1 of 25 Old 09-04-2013, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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What do you use to patch a tire?

Please don't let this get into a discussion about the wisdom of repairing tires vs replacement, that is a discussion for another time. Thanks.

I have used plugs as necessary for several years, with mostly satisfactory results. Most times I have gone many thousand more miles on a plugged tire with no issues. A week or so ago I got a hole in the rear tire, plugged it and off I went. Unfortunately it blew out on me about 15 miles later at 65mph. Rather off the charts on the pucker factor I must say.

So after putting 2 plugs in, and having them exit again, barely limping home, I ordered and installed a new tire. 200 miles on the new tire and there is a rivet sticking out when I get home tonight. And it is in the tread groove, just like before.

So it is time to at least try a patch, but I'm not sure what type to use. I see a bunch of choices out there (not surprising), and would rather hear what some familiar risk takers have to say about what they use.

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bring it to a tire shop, they can patch it on the inside, they used to do it on car tires all the time, good luck
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I like the sticky strings. light, small, and does the job.

I tried the mushroom plug and did not like them, especially because the gun was large and heavy.

personally I would not trust an inside patch- if I have the tire off a replacement tire is not that expensive, at least for the tires I use

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bring it to a tire shop, they can patch it on the inside, they used to do it on car tires all the time, good luck
in my neck of the woods no shop will do this because of liability concerns
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Nealey Tire Repair Kit. Works awesome.

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If you're lucky, most tubeless-plug type repair deals will work. I use the DynaPlug device. It's cleverly designed, and stashes easily under the seat. The plugs themselves are not just rubber plugs either, they've got some thought put into them as you'll see if you check em out. I got it because it seems like the most "permanent" repair kit out there.

That said, you can still bollocks it up, and toast your tire. I got a flat recently, and whipped out my DynaPlug Dynaplug® Tubeless Tire Repair Tools and Accessories. I just could not get the plug into the tire! I even tried rotating the tire back, onto the dynaplug device and succeeded in losing the plug half way into the tire hole!......grrr. On a side note, I will add that Fullbore's M40/41 line of dual sport tires are ride-savers. I was able to ride home on a completely flat rear tire (the carcass is tough n' stiff), and the handling was not too weird either!

I had to replace the tire, but my local bike shop guy who mounts my tires said that whatever I hit, went in at an ANGLE, and that's why I failed in my DynaPlug attempt - I was pushing the wrong direction! Which is why even the best tubeless repair system can fail you since no two flat tire events are the same........


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Been there, done that. The best solution I know of is the Nealy Tire Repair Kit. Buy the standard kit and cut the strings in half to double the number of fixes available from one kit. Heck, they even warranty the stupid insertion tool.

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After trying/using the mushroom type in a couple versions ( looks like they would be the perfect thing ) and having a couple slow leaks with them I went back to the gooey string type. I carry those and the tools for them, CO2 inflation system and a small 12v compressor.

Never have I had a properly installed string type fail or leak. I ALWAYS put plenty of the glue on them to lubricate them for insertion. I am convinced it makes all the difference in them sealing. Do remember to carry more than one small container of the glue, it has a habit of drying out!

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A Nealy plug worked for a year for me. Then it started leaking slowly through the fibers. I tried a replacement plug but that didn't hold air.

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Cheap strings cut in half work great, very light and cheap. Used them twice with no issues, no need to take the tire off just to plug, for the effort I would jut buy a new one.


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