What kind of tire plugs?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by dcwn.45, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. trikeflyer

    trikeflyer n00b

    Sep 27, 2012
    Conyers, GA
    I have had very good luck with the stopngo plugs. One in a rear tire on a 1700 RoadStar Warrior that was nearly new and put over 5k miles on it. Also used the mushrooms for a car tire and truck tire, never a problem out of any of them. Knock on wood!!
  2. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

    Nov 11, 2005
    Gold Coast
    Check the threads, plenty of them. There seem to be more happy customers who've used strings and quite a few who've found Stop'n'go to be Stop'n'stop again.

    With strings you need to make sure you get the strings a long way inside and trim off the bit hanging out so it doesn't get dragged out against the road.

    Glue, get used to not using it, it'll be all dried up when you need it anyway :)

    You need a good T handle with strong working parts, a steel belted tyre is quite hard to get the tools through in the first place, and it can take a LOT of force to jam the string in. I've always used the half twist type tools but looking at the strings in old tires I've never seen no steenkin twist anyway.

    Inflator, CO2 is not a good choice, you never have enough CO2 to get decent pressure. If you do go that way, buy a small double action pushbike pump, tape around the working bits to keep dirt out and strap it to the frame somewhere - you'll almost certainly need it.

    I don't think there's much point overanalyzing this, but I would recommend that just before you change the next tire that you get a hammer , stick a few nails into the EOL rear and practice. You'll soon find the problems with your tools and technique that way and you can check your work when the old tyre gets pulled off. It's a LOT easier fixing a flat in the rain and ankle deep in mud if you've already done it in the comfort of your own garage.

  3. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

    Apr 16, 2007
    Iron Butt Magazine (of Iron Butt Assn. fame) had a survey of members preferences. They liked the sticky string/gummy worms about 60+% of the time iirc.

    As another poster noted, t-handle tools work easier. My t-handles are cut down about an inch off each side for better packing without losding much handle leverage. I like the 'tweezer tip' much better than the 'button hook' tip. Practicing a few times in the comfort of one's garage is worth more than can be believed. If you fail there, get an experienced budd to show you how it is done.

    If I am on a trip, I will pack a dozen strings. It is possible to ride over a board with a line of staples for a multi-puncture. In addition to a home-made mini-compressor of the wally-world type with the plastic stripped off, I might pack a really good, but small, bicycle pump. My kit has the adapter for the non-schrader bicycle stems as I am a friend to that clan.

    The AAA tow package guy NEVER gets there faster than one can repair a flat with some kit on the bike. If you want to appear as a god to some riders, pack some tube patches and a pair of 7" tire irons.
  4. KingRat

    KingRat Retired and Grumpy.

    Aug 24, 2005
    thanks for the comprehensive replies. :D
  5. JayElDee

    JayElDee not saying what I mean

    May 2, 2007
    The City that Care Forgot
    what do you use to cut the snake flush? That's easier said than done.
  6. GSWayne

    GSWayne Old Guy nOOb

    Mar 29, 2005
    Santa Barbara
    A pair of diagonal cutters, or a single edge razor blade will do the job.
  7. Little R

    Little R Been here awhile

    Feb 23, 2012
    SLV Colorado
    I've used something like StopNGo for 25 years on tires from atv to 18 wheelers. They are great as long as you don't make a new "hole " in the tire reaming out the existing leak. Lots of glue makes the plug go in easier.

    String plugs work great on bias tires, not so great on steel belted radials they tend to seep air thru or around the plug.
  8. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away

    Apr 10, 2011
    Central MA
    Just adding my voice to the sticky rope/string plug crowd. I have used these more than a few times with no leaks, ever!