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post #1 of 6 Old 09-14-2009, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Glass shard = leaky tire

I would never have though a glass shard 3/16" long could have caused a leak in my tire, but I have proof. It's not even in a fluke area like in the valley of a well-worn groove or anything.... right in the tread block!

Here's what I saw when I went out a lunch the other day... Standing on the phone, kicking the tire around, it rolls around, and I see this:



To me, it looked like a heavy wire staple. Great, I thought.... But it's holding air (1 pound low in a week since the last check)

Close-up after checking for a leak:


Start prying it out, and what is it? A shard of glass, literally 3/16" deep!!


Popped it out and re-checked for leaks:


SON-uv-a....!!!!!!

Be careful out there.... even the littlest thing can cause a tire to leak. This is the proof!
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-14-2009, 07:53 PM
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Man, I feel your pain, been there more then once. Thats why each night when I but my DL away, I put her up on front and rear stands and check both tires.

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I'll be checking mine more often than I was. I use a flash light to help make the nasties more visible.

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shards

when i had a bike with inner tubes i would allways run my hand around inside the tire to check for abnormalities . untill one day i sliced my fingers open on a glass shard

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I would never have though a glass shard 3/16" long could have caused a leak in my tire, but I have proof. It's not even in a fluke area like in the valley of a well-worn groove or anything.... right in the tread block!

SON-uv-a....!!!!!!

Be careful out there.... even the littlest thing can cause a tire to leak. This is the proof!
Yup this sucks, I had a 1/8" piece glass take out my sport bikes Pilot Power rear tire ($200) right in the middle of tire about a month ago. Only about 1/3rd worn so this really ticks you off. If you have a Cycle Gear shop around consider buying the tire from them and putting on the road hazard warranty on the tire for $25. Unfortunately though you have to special order the dual sport tires (3-4 days or so). The road hazard is well worth it for the $$$ rear tires that seem to catch what the front tire throws. You get a new tire for damage to a tire that is up to 25% worn and from there it is pro-rated for every additional 25% increment of tire wear. I've already collected on the hazard plan within the first 24 hours of having it, I ran over a nail in the neighborhood within 20 minutes of having installed the new tire/wheel. The road hazard curse comes in waves so watch out.

Anyone use slime to stop a slow leaking tire like this?
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Here's a pic of a key that found my front tire a while back. I was alerted by a ticking sound coming from the from wheel that was the key rubbing against the inside of the fender.



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