Not exactly sure if this is the right place, but I did see some tire threads so here is a shot... if it's not the right place, please move it. :) Ok, I may also get flamed for this question, but my flame suit is on so here goes it. Last year, I got a flat tire on my bike... it happened to be a split, as seen below: NOW, the problem with this, is the fact that getting this 860lb machine on the flat bed was probably scarier than the tire going flat itself.. I'm not entirely sure how the tire split that way, but it did. What I'd like to know, is if there is any possible way that could be patched? Now this happened well over a year ago now, but I'm still really scared about it happening again and having to go through that same scary experience of trying to ride it up just far enough on a slippery flat bed so the operator could lift it up and get it chained down. All I would need to do is get it patched up to get me home so I can go buy a new tire, then trailer the bike to a shop to get it put on, or if I'm out touring, to putt down the interstate/hwy's to the nearest bikeshop to get the tire replaced. So, like I asked, is there anyway a SPLIT like that could be repaired to be safe enough to do just what I stated? Thanks for the help guys.