If the puncture is in the center area of the tread, a PROPERLY INSTALLED tire plug is safe (they put them in car tires every day). If the puncture is in or near the sidewall, it can not be plugged safely.i picked up a finishing nail in my tire today and talked to my bike shop they said the could patch it.my concern is.is this safe?and how long would it really last? ide appreciate any input im new and dont really know about this.thank you
If you buy the "lifetime puncture warranty" on new tires for your car, they will plug them until the cows come home (as long as they are not in the sidewall).hard to believe you found a shop that would patch a tire. none of the ones I have worked in would patch, plug or otherwise reseal a tire for a customer for liability reasons.
for my bike, I use plug patches.
that`s almost the top speed on my bikeIt drops to an S speed rating (second gear on my 1325cc KZ1000)
that is the way I do it.You did not hear this from elr. A "Thumbtack Patch" properly applied is a correct repair. BUT it is time consuming to fix them correctly. You remove and dismount the tire, rough up the inside, pre glue the tire, install the patch, remount and rebalance the tire. It drops to an S speed rating (second gear on my 1325cc KZ1000) NOBODY is willing to pay a professional to do a PROPER repair. NO shop is willing to expose themselves to that liability. I do it on my own bike. You'll see Jesus before I do it to a customer's.