Friday evening, I was pulling out of the American Legion I heard a tick, tick, tick, like a rock was stuck in the tread of the front tire. Got a few miles down the road and the noise hadn’t gone away so I stopped to check the tire. Right in the center of the tread was an American flag lapel pin with the “pin” part stuck in the tire. Pulled it out and put some spit on it… several times. Took about 10 seconds for a small bubble to appear and pop. Damn. Took the bike home and parked it.
Sunday afternoon (36 hrs?) I checked the tire. 2lbs low, but it has been a couple of weeks since I added air. So, I would expect it to be a pound or two down. Put soapy water on the tire and for the life of me I could not find the leak.
So, here is my question. What would you do to repair this?
I know a patch from the inside is the best repair for a nail or similar hole. But it seems like way overkill for such a small leak. Plus the cost to have one put in a tire that’s already half worn makes it not economically feasible as the labor is about the cost of a new tire. I’d just buy a new a new tire before I paid for the patch install. Seems like a waste of $$$.
A plug seems like over kill for such a small hole, which cause more damage to the tire just to get the plug in. And then the hole would deserve a patch.
Slime…. Seems like the perfect solution here. Cheap, easy, and I would think it would seal this kind of puncture easily. But as I understand this makes a huge mess on the inside of the rim, and can cause strange wear on the tire due to balancing problems.
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