/ Holes in my tyres...what to do?
Just wondering if what has happened to me is a common thing, and what other people do about it?.....
Had a few puncures recently so I change the tube, pull out the foreign object and carry on... but I'm noticing that the entrance wound in the tyre can be quite big, leaving a gaping hole maybe 2-3 mm, which leaves what I assume to be a massive weakness in the tyre.
I had a puncture today and there was no sign of glass/flint/etc, so I am wondering if the inner tube was damaged through one of these holes.
So is this something that you just put up with, or is there an easy fix? I don't like the thought of replacing tyres as well as tubes after a blow-out!
You can patch the tyre itself if the casing isn't too damaged. I've used tubeless tyre patches to do this (because I had them) but I can't see any reason why normal patches wouldn't work. Just patch the inside of the tyre, making sure it's very clean beforehand.
If you have holes that are very close to the bead of the tyre (unlikely in your case I think) then it's probably safer to replace they tyre - not only are these difficult to patch, but that part of the tyre experiences quite big forces and you're much more likely to end up with a ripped tyre (and corresponding personal injury).
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