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How to fix a flat?

Y'all I just bought this Michelin Pilot Sport last month and now I've got some metal in it and a slow leak. Is there any way I can repair it? No shop wants to touch it, but, heck, I don't see any reason why it couldn't be fixed. What do you think?
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Re: How to fix a flat?

won't they put a mushroom plug in it?

that's the only type of repaired tyre I'd ride on, one that's impossible to come out, costs abotu $50AUD over here to get done, but they hold for ages, I've had a few with no problems at all.

if the puncture is on the edge they won't touch it though.


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Re: How to fix a flat?

also I believe it depends on the shape of the puncture. If it's a perfect circle, mushroom plug is okay, if it's an elongated slit or whatever, don't.

Look, a bike only rides on two wheels. Isn't your life worth more than the cost of a new tire? I know it sucks, I don't mind dying, just not because I was being a cheap-ash.

But whatever floats your boat.

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Re: How to fix a flat?

I know some folks do it, but I personally don't feel comfortable riding on a plugged tire, especially riding the way these bikes are designed to be ridden. Track day organizers won't allow plugged tires...that should tell you something!
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Re: How to fix a flat?

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won't they put a mushroom plug in it?

one that's impossible to come out
Impossible? Maybe impossible to come out of the tire on the outside, I know of two instances where such plugs failed by coming out of the hole...and fell off inside of the tire. Sure, they were probably improperly installed, but if you trust your life to some numbnut tire guy, well, nevermind.
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Re: How to fix a flat?

Don't mess with it, buy a new tire.
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THE SPEED RATEING OF A PATCHED TIRE IS 50MPH

how many times do we have to go OVER this?
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Re: How to fix a flat?

Hey, thanks for the responses guys! (and gal)

This is really kicking my ass right now. I simply don't have the $$ for a new tire. I'm rebuilding my car so the bike is my only transportation for the next week or so. It's burning me up because I just bought the tire last month!

I've gotten some interesting responses to my question, however. About half the people say it can be fixed and cite numerous examples of 'a buddy who patched his tire and ran with it for years with no trouble' and the other half say don't be stupid, replace it.

I figure if the tire's trash, then I've got nothing to lose by patching it, other than the obvious, that is.
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Re: How to fix a flat?

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I figure if the tire's trash, then I've got nothing to lose by patching it, other than the obvious, that is.
Except maybe your life. Minor detail. I've patched one tire, and the plug started to come out after a short while. Do you really want that happening, even at 20mph? Ride the bus if you have to, or rent a car, don't patch it.
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there IS a use for patches

to get you to the tire store.
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to get you to the tire store.
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Re: How to fix a flat?

Yeah I think your best bet is just to wait it out, just add up the variables that could happen with a patched tire:

Tire can pop: 200 bucks
Bent Rim: 200 bucks 5o bucks if lucky on ebay?
Dropped bike: 100000000000 billion dollars!
Hospital bills: 10000000 dollars!

or you can choose the alternative and just public transport yoursself around, ask some friends its alot cheaper than breaking stuff.

just my two cents!
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Re: How to fix a flat?

Nothing new to add, just want to emphasize that plugging is just to get you to by very temporarily. If you're in desperate need of a tire just for basic transportation, I'll sell you a race takeoff that has plenty of life left for street use (wouldn't push it real hard on the track).

Is a paradigm worth 20 cents?
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Re: How to fix a flat?

I personally never thought a properly installed plug could ever come out. Unfortunately, after seeing my friends bike get totalled, I have have a different perspective. If you look carefully at the plug kit instructions, most of the kits do warn that the repairs are temporary. There is a lot of talk about which style plug works better, BMW or Progressive and all the ya de da that goes with it. To make it even more distracting are the guys who "never had a problem". On July 14, 2001, I was following my friend over the pass from Cave Junction, OR to Happy Camp, CA. Just as we passed into CA, on a decending left hand curve, his bike did a little tail wag and the bike disappeared over the edge of the bank. Luckily he was okay, but the bike (929) was totalled.
By the way, my buddy used the BMW style "mushroom".
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Re: How to fix a flat?

LRBlade, you don't list where you are located, or which tire. I have a used Pilot Sport Front that I am not using, and a used Sportec Rear that if you are close you can have. The rear is anyone's who wants it. It's got some miles on it. The front is a really new Pilot, so I want to hang on to it, but if you are close and in need, it's yours. BTW, Saugus, is just north of Los Angeles..
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