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Old 05-26-2013, 10:07 PM   #1
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Pulled nail out of tube'd tire...still holding air, safe to ride?

I got to work and noticed a nail in my tire- I went ahead and took it home with my truck and pulled the nail out. 2 days later, has not lost PSI, but obviously the tire has a hole from the nail.

Is it safe to continue riding?
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:14 PM   #2
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Must not have gone thru the tube. It'll be fine.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:36 PM   #3
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i say...

Put some SLIME in it anyway, I mean... c'mon it is cheap insurance. or check out my sig for a tube...
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:41 PM   #4
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Put some SLIME in it anyway, I mean... c'mon it is cheap insurance. or check out my sig for a tube...
You ever try to patch a tube with Slime in it? It comes out of the hole and gets under the patch. He doesn't need to buy anything.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:55 AM   #5
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I would pull the tire off and stick a patch over the hole inside the tire. It'll prevent rubbing through the tube.
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:45 PM   #6
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You must be kidding.
Fix the tire, install a new tube...your life could depend on that effort.

Ever had a blowout brother?

Not pretty.

Next you will say it was the front tire and we will know you are suicidal.

Good time to learn how to change your own tires.

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:50 PM   #7
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you must be kidding.
Fix the tire, install a new tube...your life could depend on that effort.

Ever had a blowout brother?

Not pretty.

Next you will say it was the front tire and we will know you are suicidal.

Good time to learn how to change your own tires.

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Old 05-27-2013, 08:11 PM   #8
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I got to work and noticed a nail in my tire
NEXT time, put your fingernail on the offending debris (right at tread level) so that you may estimate just how far it skewered the tire.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:17 PM   #9
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The LAST thing I'd ever do is put slime in a tube that isn't leaking air... I mean? ???


Personally, if it were me, I'd pull the tire off and check the tube for leaks. It it was just a small nail hole, I'd patch it. If it were a large hole (which obviously it's not, if it's not leaking air), I'd replace the tube.
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:13 AM   #10
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Here' a thought, while you are riding this bike, your very existance depends on the tires you have on the ground. If you want to cut corners do it some place else. Take the tire off the rim, check it for any type of failure. Check the tube as well. If it's alright, put it back together and call it a day, you will have piece of mind. If it's not replace what needs to be replaced. Tires are too important to second guess.
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:29 AM   #11
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So

So you guys mostly patch non leaking stuff?? What if his nail was a carpet tack in the center of the knob?? Couldn't have reached the tube.

As usual this thread is useless without photos.

+1 on gauging the depth of the puncture.

-10000000 on Slime, Nasty crap. I don't even run it in my ATV tires, If it leaks just fix it.

If it hasn't went down by now its fine.

Don't start on me, I'm as much pro maintenance and safety as the next guy and have had my share of flats. But if it ain't broke don't fix it.

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Hey Nesquick.... front or rear? You weren't one of the guys who drowned their Honda on the Swinging Bridges ride 1st of the month were you?
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:39 AM   #12
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You must be kidding.
Fix the tire, install a new tube...your life could depend on that effort.

Ever had a blowout brother?

Yes I have.

Not pretty.

No its not.

Next you will say it was the front tire and we will know you are suicidal.

Good time to learn how to change your own tires.

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I cant tell you how many times I've got lucky and pulled the nail and had no leak, but its a bunch.

If it ain't broke don't fix it, If its not flat by now its not gonna be.

The 64 dollar question is how deep did it really go?

YMMV

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Old 05-28-2013, 10:05 AM   #13
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The LAST thing I'd ever do is put slime in a tube that isn't leaking air... I mean? ???.
Ehr, thats what its made for.

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Old 05-28-2013, 11:35 AM   #14
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Ehr, thats what its made for.

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I'd just ride it.
Well, I wouldn't put that stuff in my tire regardless. If it has a puncture I'll fix it. If the puncture is too big to fix, Slime wouldn't help anyhow. Slime is a lazy man's 'tool.'
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:26 PM   #15
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NEXT time, put your fingernail on the offending debris (right at tread level) so that you may estimate just how far it skewered the tire.
You can never know it without taking the tube out. I once had a 4 inch nail completely in. No leaks, not even a scratch in the tube.





The problem with the original question is that you simply can't know. There can be a cut in the tube waiting for explosion. Even if it holds air now.
If it is the front tire I would inspect the tube. If it is the rear, well it depends what kind or riding you do and how lazy you are.
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