Out riding to lunch yesterday and noticed the bike felt funny turning left. Parked and discovered this.
Rode back to the house (<.5 mile) and pulled the thing out. One of those pieces used in cheap furniture construction to add strength to a corner joint. I now have 4 little holes in my tire, 2 of which leak slowly
I sprayed some soapy water on the spot and I can see bubbles forming, very small, very slow. Tire pressure last night was 35, tire pressure this morning was still 35.
Dealer doesn't patch tires, too much of a liability. Local cycle shop that may patch tires closed for the next few days.
My options are:
patch the tire, acceptable on radials?
Put a bit of fix a flat in it
Replace the tire, expensive option I don't want to do unless really needed
Or just run it, safety issue?
It has 4K miles on it, any other options or solutions? Kinda bummed this happened, I ride the bike almost daily and am now stuck in my beater truck until I figure out what to do.