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Small cut in tyre

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by beancounter, 19 Jun 2008.

  1. beancounter

    beancounter Well-Known Member

    Location:
    South Beds
    Had a puncture at the weekend which I've now fixed, but I'm left with a small (less than 1/4") cut in the sidewall of the tyre (700 x 23) through which I can see a little of the inner tube.

    Am I asking for trouble riding on this, or is a cut that small ok?

    New tyre?

    Thanks

    bc
     
  2. 4F

    4F Active member of Helmets Are Sh*t Lobby

    Location:
    Suffolk.
    New tyre, any exposure of the inner tube and you are asking for trouble.
     
  3. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    It depends, do you like hearing very loud bangs while you are cycling? ;)
     
  4. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    change it, the tyre will bite on the tube and make it go bang
     
  5. beancounter

    beancounter Well-Known Member

    Location:
    South Beds
    Ok, I'm getting the message - for which, many thanks.

    Now this (quite expensive) tyre has done all of 700 miles. Can anyone recommend a modestly priced tyre with good puncture protection? Only used for "training" i.e. don't need top end race tyres.

    Thanks again

    bc
     
  6. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I've had this happen to me. Yes, it's a bummer. But, it is better to stick with decent tyres and look at how you pick up cuts and avoid doing that. It is mainly to do with where you ride, generally riding too near the gutter. Also become better at avoiding potholes and glass on the road.
     
  7. beancounter

    beancounter Well-Known Member

    Location:
    South Beds
    Ok Dom, appreciate the advice.

    Seems I can get a pair of Michelin Pro Race 2 for £30 - good idea?

    bc
     
  8. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Yeh, Pro Race 2's are ment to be good. Have a search for tyre threads and you will see them
    I use Conti Ultra Gatorskins. No punctures yet, even ended up hitting a bit pothoe after no-one signaled it and hit it hard and no puncture. Went around a round-about fast(at least 22mph) and they kept grip and i was lent over a good amount. Nice and grippy tyre, and pretty light.
     
  9. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    Had this a while ago beancounter, but my Gatorskins were only DAYS old and i got a 5mm slit in it. Didnt puncture, so i let it ride.
    12, maybe 14 months later , it's still going, and the slit isnt any bigger.
    It did cause the innertube to bulge through eventually and deflated, but i put a strip of emerypaper (rough side away from the innertube obviously) inside the tyre to support the innertube.
    Its been going fine since.