Good idea. I'll probably ride ~50 miles on Friday. 30 minutes. Spend the day at work and 30 minutes back. Maybe throw in a few gravel roads or a mountain bike trail.Cool test. Let us know how long it holds air! It would be a good test for you to ride it and at least verify if it held for up to 2 hours or 100 miles. This would lend some confidence that this repair would at least last until the next town or maybe a bike shop.
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Thanks. How long did you ride before replacing the tire?I rode probably 10-15 miles on a flattening tire to a spot I knew was level for parking. Better than stopping anywhere along Hwy2 going to Wrightwood.
A rock from the chipseal had done in my tired tire. The ream and worms did a decent job and the air pump worked well enough. I made it to Wrightwood and a gas station ans pumped up the tire properly and rode home.
I was amazed that the tire didn't try to leave the rim but I slowed down a lot. Bike never felt squirrely just odd.
It's good to know the equipment you carry will accomplish the task at hand and get you rolling agin.
When I say "don't have a spare", I mean literally they don't have a spare! As in NO donut or any other version. My Ford C-max and the wifes Jaguar F-type come with a compressor and a plug kit only. I have a set of the Nealy plugs in both cars.Cars that don't have spares.....I got a real tire and rim for our Camry after the wife hit a rock amd bent the rim and cut the tire.
Those rolling donut replacements don't evoke me any confidence
Thanks. How long did you ride before replacing the tire?
I've never read how well a plug works or lasts in a bike, and I had never plugged a bike tire either, so I wanted to learn in the comfort of a warm, dry, well lit garage. I saw the kit in a tourist trap when I was on a trip last year and bought it until I could find a better one. The bike pump is what I carry on my bicycle for flat repair, so I thought I would try it too.
I know this isn't rocket science, but thought I would share. Maybe someone has suggestions for a better way, or a bad story that I could learn from.
Second that 100%. I had the good fortune to test the Nealy strings. Last year 3 times in one day on the same tire. It's a long story but I am convinced no other strings would have performed as well and allowed my to limp to a shop to get the tire replaced! If you have a big hole you can push in 2 strings and they will seal the hole....
I have been using another type for a while. These look something like the standard type, but are made of different stuff and do NOT require or even recommend the rubber cement! I have seen these inside a tire after removing it and they do seem to be a permanent repair compared to the other type. I have them in two of our cars that don't have spare tires, and in the road kits I have with the bikes. Link: Nealy tire repair
I sort of modified the technique some, you are free to disagree.Elapsed time ~10 minutes.
With the bike on the center stand engine off, I drove the screw into my worn but serviceable tire using a screw gun.
I laid out the tools and read the destructions. :surprise:
1) remove screw.
2) immediately insert ream - forcefully.
3) because the wheel wanted to turn, I put the bike in 1st gear.
4) forcefully dragged the ream back and forth several times to evenly scuff the edges of the hole. Left ream in to minimize air loss.
5) took "needle" and coated it with rubber cement per instructions.
6) removed ream and quickly inserted needle with cement. Sliding it in and out a few times and reinserted ream to minimize leaking. Why put ream back in? The glue is now scraped off the sides of the hole.
7) threaded plug half way through needle. Put some glue on it...
8) removed ream and finagled needle with plug into tire (forcefully).....see 6 comment
9) removed needle
This is something I would do. You have put your theories to the test. Hope you didn't tell the wife you drilled a hole in a good tire. >I have 8700 miles on the factory Bridgestone Trailwings and will be replacing them with Mitas E07's this weekend, so I thought I would give my cheapo flat repair kit a test run.
Kit and #8 wood screw.