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Offline danl

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Nail in Tire- Repair or Replace?
« on: October 19, 2012, 06:45:07 am »
I have a nail in my front tire. It's not losing any air at all. I have no idea how long it's been in there but it's pretty ground off. The tire is a PR3 with about 11k miles on it and a good amount of tread left. The nail is right in the center of the tread. Easily pluggable, but I'm leaning towards replacement. I just can't trust a plug for long term use. Getting me home from a flat on the road is 1 thing.

Am I being paranoid about this? Would you guys plug it and keep on riding or replace the tire?

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Re: Nail in Tire- Repair or Replace?
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2012, 06:47:27 am »
A front with 11k I'd replace it.
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Re: Nail in Tire- Repair or Replace?
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2012, 06:57:58 am »
A front with 11k I'd replace it.

+1 here... But I'd plug it regardless if it's loosing air or not and make replacement as soon as it is convenient.

I don't mind riding on a well plugged rear tire but would have trouble trusting a plugged front tire with 11K+ on the clock.
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Re: Nail in Tire- Repair or Replace?
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2012, 07:16:30 am »
My experience has also been that a plug may hold for awhile in a newer tire with lower miles on it, but the carcass gets too flexy when well used, and they'll leak or eject the plug. Replace it.
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Re: Nail in Tire- Repair or Replace?
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2012, 07:20:08 am »
What is a tire with 11k miles?   ;D

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Re: Nail in Tire- Repair or Replace?
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2012, 07:23:44 am »
Plug it and go.
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Re: Nail in Tire- Repair or Replace?
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2012, 07:57:27 am »
+1 here... But I'd plug it regardless if it's loosing air or not and make replacement as soon as it is convenient.

I don't mind riding on a well plugged rear tire but would have trouble trusting a plugged front tire with 11K+ on the clock.



My thoughts exactly.

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Re: Nail in Tire- Repair or Replace?
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2012, 08:11:38 am »
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Re: Nail in Tire- Repair or Replace?
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2012, 08:30:06 am »
If worried, replace, no sense riding around waiting on a flat.  11k and she should be getting somewhat close to replacement and based on some rider reports you should be riding on the rims :)  With that kind of mileage I am not sure a plug would hold all that long, if you really want to keep the tire get er patched.

Me personally?  Based soley on the mileage I'd replace her.  A pic sure would help give a more informed opinion.
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Re: Nail in Tire- Repair or Replace?
« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2012, 08:58:41 am »
Here are a couple pics. I grabbed some needle nose pliers and pulled out the offending member, and it wasn't a nail- but it was a chunk of glass that was not big enough to go all the way thru the tread. Cool! It did leave a hole as you can see.

Here's the tire in general- it looks like it has a lot of life left to me.


Here's the glass still in the tire.


The hole it left.


the piece of glass

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Re: Nail in Tire- Repair or Replace?
« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2012, 09:06:46 am »
Location of damage and knowing we don't ride on debris free roads?  Wouldn't take much and you have a rapid loss of pressure.  I'd bite the bullet and buy a new tire, KIPASS is great, 'bout the only thing not covered by it's aura is tires :)
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Re: Nail in Tire- Repair or Replace?
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2012, 09:50:00 am »
Front tire damage  :yikes:    Get off your wallet before you get hurt.

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Re: Nail in Tire- Repair or Replace?
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2012, 09:59:56 am »
Front tire damage  :yikes:    Get off your wallet before you get hurt.

+1, replace that thing!
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Re: Nail in Tire- Repair or Replace?
« Reply #13 on: October 19, 2012, 10:28:53 am »
I've ran plugs on the front and will again.  But yeah, there's a chance a plug will fail. Perhaps a greater chance that another part of the tire fails long before a plug, nevertheless replace it if you're worried
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Re: Nail in Tire- Repair or Replace?
« Reply #14 on: October 19, 2012, 10:53:32 am »
A front with 11k I'd replace it.

+1...  :goodpost:
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