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I can't believe the bike shop didn't inform about this, it seems that it would have been noticed right away truing the wheel.


Shop should have caught it. It should have been really obvious in the truing stand.

There's a reason I do all my own repairs and only recommend shops that have real mechanics. Too many shops only have wrench turners that pretend to be mechanics. It's not hard stuff to learn, why is this a problem?


Yep. I had a similar problem once, but without the tear: it was just a defective tire, which came out of the factory with a bulge. I paid two mechanics to true the wheels before I figured out the problem on my own.


Isopropyl Alcohol works very well to get tires that normally have trouble seating properly. Just keep a small spray bottle of it handy and spray the effected tire during fill up. I've got a 650c tire that even when new I had trouble. My LBS set me strait and all is well now :)

Maple Leaf

Find a new shop to do your repairs. These guys are not just incompetent, they are dangerous!


I destroyed a tire in a day once when I installed a Slime liner in it. The instructions read that I should not trim it, but the overlapped segment wore through the tire in ~10 mi. I've switched to Slime tubes without any problems.

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