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Alan Braggins

When checking for foreign objects sticking through to inside, don't just quickly run your finger around unless you don't mind making a hole in your finger. (Glass shards will probably make a clean shallow cut that isn't a big problem, but rusty frayed wire cable can be nastier.)
You probably knew that already, but not everyone thinks of it before the first time.

Jonathan

I love your pictures. My two cents:

1. Use a glove or rag to swipe through the inside of the tire to find the sharp object. The fabric will catch on the projection and then you can remove it easily.

2. It's always faster not to remove the wheel from the bicycle. Flat, flip (upside down), free (glass from tire), (af)fix patch, and (rein)flate. Please make an exception to this rule if the tire is totally shredded or if the hole is right by the valve and you need to replace the tube.

Uncle Beijing

7. Celebrate a job well done with another beer (and perhaps some nuts).

Jeremy

Thank you for converting those silly metric units into something delicious and comprehensible.

And now I'll know what to do when I get a flat tire on my 2.04068241 foot long hot dog diameter tires.

Matt B.

For less flats, I would also recommend using a tire liner between the tube and tire. Such as the "Tuffy", "Slime", or "STOP Flatz" brands. Especially if you are going to reuse the tire with cuts and tears. I have used them for years and found the reliability to be worth more than the small cost of a the liners.

Raiyn

In fairness, Specialized Nimbus tires are pretty damn bulletproof and had he inspected his tire after hitting the bottle he might have saved himself the puncture.

Having said that, putting a liner in that tire might be a good idea as that's a mean looking hole.

Jamey

Also, please be careful using your fingers to detect any foreign objects inside the tire--don't want to gash one of your fingers on an errant shard of glass or jagged metal...

babyhawk

These sure are helpful tips that will tech you to repair you old tires and use them till they last .

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