I recently had a hole in rear tire size of a nail or somthing like that. Still had 90% tread left. Hole was between center and edge. What do you guys think about plugging tire? I have done it before and got full use out of the tire.
Prior to learning of the "danger" of plugging a bike tire I too had one plugged. Front actually - I only had like 200 miles on it. . .
I ran it for nearly 3K before it gave out on me. And it wasn't some explosive disaster of an event. It just kinda got "funny" while riding and I recognized that as a flat tire having experienced it once before. It was a second nail hole!
I didn't like the idea of 2 plugs becuase by that time I had read all of the dangers of plugging a tire so I boought a used one <horror of horrors> at the shop that I ended up getting towed too.
I took the used one to ~9K above whatever was on it - guy said only a few hundred. and then replaced it along with the original rear tire at ~12K.
So I'm not too down on plugging or buying used . . . then again I think I agree with Mother. If you can swing it buy a new one, perhaps plug the 1st for an emergency or temporary back up, and not have any worries . . . oh accept the one everyone told me about with the used tire . . . something about different mileage on the tires causing traction or some other kinds of handling issues - which I never experienced . . .
If you listen to the "experts" you gotta go get 2 new spanking tires
Im running on a plugged tire. Its just fine. I checked it every day for a while because of the softness of the tire (michelin pilot power) but gave up after the first week or so because it was fine. no handling issues.
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New puppy, have to ride home every day to feed it on lunch.. on the way back to work i felt something funny and determined it was a flat.. was on the way to a tire shop when i ran out of gas.. in the hills of north san diego county. what a pain in the arse that was.