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Old 06-12-2019, 06:29 PM   #1
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one wk old tire punctured :(

The rear tire picked a screw, I am in no mood for removing it and patching it from the inside, I bought a tire repair kit that uses the mushroom plugs, it was the first time trying it, all went well, it was easy to use, my question is does this repair hold well to the end of the tire's life?, I'll keep an eye on tire pressure to see if it has any slow air leaks.
the puncture happened in the middle of the tire"s thickest tread.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:22 PM   #2
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I have run rear tires with those mushroom plugs in place. Worked fine for the life of the rear tire.

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Old 06-12-2019, 07:25 PM   #3
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No problem with regular string plugs either. Just keep an eye on the pressure.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:40 PM   #4
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Yes to mushrooms and sticky strings. Have had a couple the shrooms wouldn't seal that the strings would but it was obvious immediately. Used them till they were worn out.
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Old 06-13-2019, 02:04 AM   #5
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I’ve always used the string plugs as a get-off-the-side-of-the-road quick fix. Then got the tire patched at the nearest opportunity. I’d rather not blow the plug out or have continued tire leaks
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Old 06-13-2019, 04:19 AM   #6
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Me, plug it and ride. if it holds air it holds air.
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Old 06-13-2019, 04:27 AM   #7
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I have run rear tires with those mushroom plugs in place. Worked fine for the life of the rear tire.

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Me, plug it and ride. if it holds air it holds air.
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Old 06-13-2019, 04:57 AM   #8
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I plugged a tire, it lasted 3k miles before starting to leak. Then it wouldn't hold air anymore no matter how many plugs I put in.
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:03 AM   #9
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I've had a string plug last 3k miles with no problems, but I was young and poor. I'd break the bead and patch it from the inside now that I'm older, have the tools and don't heal as quickly
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Punctured the rear early on. I plugged with a string and have no issues. It's even seen a track day, with no one any wiser.
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:13 AM   #11
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I've had a string plug last 3k miles with no problems, but I was young and poor. I'd break the bead and patch it from the inside now that I'm older, have the tools and don't heal as quickly
Have sticky string repaired more than I can count. All lasted till cords and most were at a full lean pace. Patch and roll!
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Old 06-13-2019, 09:04 AM   #12
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Old 06-13-2019, 09:17 AM   #13
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Just checked the tire pressure, it is the same as I set it yesterday, that mushroom plug worked well.
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Old 06-13-2019, 09:27 AM   #14
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With smaller size, nice round holes such as that left by a small nail or screw, and also not located on the sidewall or last half-inch of side tread, I've had good success with gummy string type plugs. Proper technique is critical to getting a proper bond, or vulcanization, of the plug to the tire rubber. Ream the hole with tool provided to rough up and provide a clean rubber surface. Clean and dry is very important to success. A small amount of the rubber cement will help lubricate the plug for insertion as well as promote better and more thorough vulcanizing, although many plugs will self-vulcanize pretty well without the goop.

Temperature also plays a part. Low and/or freezing temps will hinder proper vulcanizing of the rubber.

As with most things, there are technical aspects to consider and understand.

When I bought my '03, the po had plugged the almost new front PR2, which began leaking a week after I got it. Replaced that tire next day. I will not run a plugged front, regardless, nor would I offer it to anyone simply because they feel like taking the risk. I don't want that liability.
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Old 06-13-2019, 09:56 AM   #15
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Good to hear that the mushroom plugs work. After reading this thread I was thinking - I'd be screwed if I got a flat, I should get a plug kit. Immediately followed by - how would I inflate the tire? Think I'll order up one of these - looks like it would fit under the seat easily.
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:03 AM   #16
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Mini compressor > co2.

EG https://www.amazon.com/Stop-Go-RCP-M.../dp/B00388NUPI
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Yep, on any tour i go on, i always carry a mini compressor. Used it a few times on the road, and i can check/inflate my tires at the place where i live. Very handy tool to have.

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Old 06-13-2019, 10:58 AM   #18
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on the mini compressor. I bought a tiny Slime branded unit which fits easily under the seat with the enhanced tool kit.

FWIW, I'll also throw out there that I tried those Dynaplugs once. Got the little kit on sale at Cycle Gear one day. Dismal failure for me. YMMV.
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Old 06-13-2019, 05:49 PM   #19
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I had one tire that accumulated three plugs over the 25,000 miles that I rode on it, with the first plug installed before even getting to 1,000 miles.

I've been plugging my bike tires and riding on them since first getting tubeless tires back in the early 80's. I've never had a plug fail.
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I had one tire that accumulated three plugs over the 25,000 miles that I rode on it, with the first plug installed before even getting to 1,000 miles..
I assume you're talking about a car tire here?
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