There is no doubt about it, flats stink. There are many kinds of flats and one of the worst is the sidewall blowout. Reader Marc suffered this fate but used some currency to ensure he could ride on . . . for quite some time. Marc writes:
One midnight moonlight ramble I had a blow out, and noticed that I had a hole in the side of my tire. It was midnight in the middle of the city, so my choices were walk home or get smart. I used a dollar bill inside the tire and re-inflated the tube (may have been a new one).
Well several months later and about a thousand miles, I was changing the tire and discovered the dollar. I had forgotten about it, (we drank back then on the ramble). Rain, and 30-40 miles a day for several months. Who says the American dollar is not strong.
If you end up with a tire bead separation, it never hurts to carry a few zip ties as a previous hack demonstrates.