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View Poll Results: Ignore, Patch, Replace
Ignore it. The small thread of metal won't hurt anything. 2 25.00%
Patch it. It's safe to pull the staple and patch it like a car tire. 0 0%
Replace it. Dude, you're crazy for driving on anything but a pristine tire. 6 75.00%
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Ignore, Patch or Replace? - May 23, 2008, 11:15 AM

I have a staple or something stuck in the meat of my rear tire. We're talking just off center in thick part, not in a tread or the sidewall. I'm not even sure if it goes all the way through to make a real puncture. There's a lot of life in the tire otherwise. What should I do with it?

If you think I should pull the staple, assume it leaks. Of course I'd ignore it if it didn't leak. Patch or replace? We're talking about a sub mm puncture.

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I have a staple or something stuck in the meat of my rear tire. We're talking just off center in thick part, not in a tread or the sidewall. I'm not even sure if it goes all the way through to make a real puncture. There's a lot of life in the tire otherwise. What should I do with it?
I personally would pull it out, make sure it didn't puncture and go. Even a slow leak will show itself soon enough.
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Oh and if it did puncture and does require patching I would and have in the past patched car tires but never a bike tire. YMMV and is just me! See above statement!


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Option 4. Pull it out and if it doesn't leak ignore it. If it does leak patch it.

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you can use soapy water to check for a leak, or spit.


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Option 4. Pull it out and if it doesn't leak ignore it. If it does leak patch it.

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+1. If it hasn't punched all the way through, you're golden. But definitely get that thing out of the tire. As you wear the tire down, that metal will get pushed in closer to the inner air space.


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May 23, 2008, 01:27 PM

I guess I need 2 more options... pull it and if it leaks... A) Patch it, B) Replace it. Since I can't add the options, Could you guys just answer assuming I pull it and it leaks?
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I vote pull it, watch it, if no leak, go on. If even the slightest leak, replace it.


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I was the 1 who voted ignore it, but I was thinking pull it, check it, and if it's not leaking ignore it.
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I guess I need 2 more options... pull it and if it leaks... A) Patch it, B) Replace it. Since I can't add the options, Could you guys just answer assuming I pull it and it leaks?
Like you said "assuming it leaks" I would replace the tire....$150 is worth piece of mind.


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I vote pull it, watch it, if no leak, go on. If even the slightest leak, replace it.
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