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Old 03-07-2007, 11:42 AM   #1
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nail in my rear tire with 1200 miles on it

Well I searched and found a lot of info but none that said definately what to do. Got a nail in my back tire yesterday. The bike only has 1200 miles on (so do the tires)....

Question is, should I patch it or replace it?


I've seen a lot of responses going both ways. I have the money to replace it, just a matter of getting the bike somewhere safely to get the tire swapped. Can I buy one of those automotive tire plug kits to plug it long enough to get it somewhere?

Or should I figure out how to pull the wheel and take it to get it done? (meaning figure out a way to support the bike to get the tire off and have it supported for a day till I can get back home to put the wheel on)
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sucks. i'd replace. if you need a stand/stands i'm sure someone close by will let you use theirs...but you can also patch it till you get somewhere...or you can patch for forever (but i wouldn't)
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well, if you need to take the wheel off and take it somewhere, but cant find stands you could try an old trick i have seen used.
If you have a garage or somewhere with exposed joists, you could jusy hang the rear of the bike with straps.
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well, if you need to take the wheel off and take it somewhere, but cant find stands you could try an old trick i have seen used.
If you have a garage or somewhere with exposed joists, you could jusy hang the rear of the bike with straps.
Awesome idea, but no exposed joists in my garage... :(
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High five for the nail in the back tire club!!!! YEAH!!!!! I'm actually at 3000 miles on this tire...so I'm going to replace it. I've been riding for a couple weeks now with it in there. But I buried the fugger so deep in the tire, it's not comin' out. Plus I don't hit triple digits with it in there, so maybe that helps. I was thinking about using a milk crate to hold the rear end up while I change out tires...
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Old 03-07-2007, 11:58 AM   #6
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Yeah I've herd both ways alot to. The only experience I have is when I got a screw at 800 miles bike/tires. Used a plug and did a short burn out as was recomended to me. Put another 2100 miles on it with no problems. Deff some risk in it. I guess I got lucky.
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High five for the nail in the back tire club!!!! YEAH!!!!! I'm actually at 3000 miles on this tire...so I'm going to replace it. I've been riding for a couple weeks now with it in there. But I buried the fugger so deep in the tire, it's not comin' out. Plus I don't hit triple digits with it in there, so maybe that helps. I was thinking about using a milk crate to hold the rear end up while I change out tires...
On my bike there is no good place to put a stand under it.


Should I leave the nail in and ride to a bike shop and get the tire replaced? Should I get one of those car tire plug kits and put a plug in it and ride to a bike shop to get the tire replaced?
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go to walmart and buy a bike hanger.. big hook with a screw end. run those into a joist in the garage.then use a strap to connect to your bike, thats what i had when i pulled my tires off..
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I think u'd make it. To be on the safe side though just plug it and get it replaced.
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go to walmart and buy a bike hanger.. big hook with a screw end. run those into a joist in the garage.then use a strap to connect to your bike, thats what i had when i pulled my tires off..
Thinking I'll just plug it and ride it in to get the tire replaced......thoughts.
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Awesome idea, but no exposed joists in my garage... :(
What about a crawl space opening?
Use a 2x4 across the space and run a tie-down up and over it.
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What about a crawl space opening?
Use a 2x4 across the space and run a tie-down up and over it.
There isn't one in my garage. Good thought though.
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On my bike there is no good place to put a stand under it.


Should I leave the nail in and ride to a bike shop and get the tire replaced? Should I get one of those car tire plug kits and put a plug in it and ride to a bike shop to get the tire replaced?
it's all about how much you're willing to risk. Safest bet, is replace it. If not, you will have a slow leak and who's to say it wont come out after a bit of wiggling free. Smoke the tire a lil' bit (it kind of pushes the nail in there) and go get it changed... I know that sucks..hard...but hey, better safe than sorry, yeah?
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it's all about how much you're willing to risk. Safest bet, is replace it. If not, you will have a slow leak and who's to say it wont come out after a bit of wiggling free. Smoke the tire a lil' bit (it kind of pushes the nail in there) and go get it changed... I know that sucks..hard...but hey, better safe than sorry, yeah?
True, it sucks but I'd rather replace it than risk it. I'm just debating on riding it to the shop with the nail or plugging it first with one of those car tire plugging things.
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Thinking I'll just plug it and ride it in to get the tire replaced......thoughts.
Im thinking that if you ride with the mentality of "ive got a fuggin' plug in my tire" then you should be cool.

howev
er, the shop you're taking it to isnt 50 miles away is it?
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you plan on takin it to pro power on 105? or cycle shack? not sure how far from each you live... If you have a way of gettin the bike up i can load it up in my truck and run u and the bike down there.. its just a tryin to get a bike in the back of my truck.
2500 4x4 your call bud.. i will be around town after 1 today..
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You can plug it, Just make sure that it is a dual purpose plug, It has the patch on the inside and then the plug that goes thru the tire itself, I used one of those in my tire and it didnt give me any problems I only did a couple of very spirited rides with it though and then the tire was pretty bald in the center before I replaced it finally with a new tire. IMO The only reason I used that is because I didnt have the cash for a new tire at the time. It looks sorta like a mushroom but it works great better then just the plug.
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Plugs! FTW!
if you replace it LMK i'd like to pick it up.
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if ur short on money plug it but if u got the money to replace it just replace it
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you plan on takin it to pro power on 105? or cycle shack? not sure how far from each you live... If you have a way of gettin the bike up i can load it up in my truck and run u and the bike down there.. its just a tryin to get a bike in the back of my truck.
2500 4x4 your call bud.. i will be around town after 1 today..
Thanks for the offer, I have 2 pickups (ram 1500 and F150 4x4 lifted), just don't want to load it up in the back of the non-lifted one....I have a low-boy trailer too but its currently being converted into a float for the 1960 St. Patty's day parade so its outta commission.

I bought a regular car plugging kit and some rubber cement. I'm going to plug it with that just long enough to get me to a shop to get the tire replaced. That should hold up long enough I expect. I'll prolly hit Honda of Houston, they have a tire in stock......Cycle Shack is my preferred shop since that's where I bought the bike but they are the opposite direction from work etc....
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