can I patch a 1/4 inch hole in my tire?

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Just got a big hole in my tire after riding over a screw. It's probably about 2-3 mm in diameter and a bit irregularly shaped so it's pretty hard to flatten out. Seems like patching it is an unlikely option, but perhaps someone has suggestions before I throw in the towel and buy a new tire. Thanks.

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Heath (not verified)
Buy a new tire (nm)
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Neile (not verified)
"You can ""boot"" some pretty nasty cuts in an emergency ..."

with an internal membrane of some sort -- Mylar, Tyvek, dollar bill, scraps of inner tube rubber, etc. -- but that's just to get you to the nearest bike shop.

Buy a new tire.

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Ori (not verified)

Actually, buy a few or even several, if you find a good deal. Keep them as spares. Carry two replacement tubes. Reasons to replace a tire come up unexpectedly. It's not just when they wear thin.

I once got a brand new tire sliced up in a crash. I was able to boot it to complete the ride, but I wouldn't want to ride something like that under normal circumstances. It could blow out at any moment. Your life is worth much more than that (about $2.5M to the airline industry, but that's another story).

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Uri (not verified)
Ancient Peloton Saying

"""Hole in tire and finding it, is better than hole in head and ignoring it.""


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stefan (not verified)
never patch

"Does that mean you guys never patch?
1/4"" is too big, I agree. But how about smaller holes? I usually patch them and wait until I have 3 patches on before tossing them. Time to reconsider?


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April (not verified)

Inner tube, yes.
Tire, no.

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stefan (not verified)

My fault. I thought it's about tubes.

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Bob Shay (not verified)
Time for a new tire

I use my LBS for a single tire purchase. When I buy two or more tires I go to

My preference is for continental grand prix 3000 on the rear and continental grand prix on the front.

Good Luck,


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AL (not verified)
Thanks for the input

It's good to know that when it comes to patching tires - size doesn't matter.

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