That pic was taken after I removed the rim from the bike, after having removed the chunk of glass. Inner tube was still in there, but it was flat.JCavilia said:Whether it bulges when fully inflated is the key. Boot it, as feh suggests (I like to use several thicknesses of that Tyvek paper -- like FedEx envelopes are made of), and see if the tube bulges out. If it does, you've cut too many cords, and it's done. But if no bulge, it should last a while. You can fill the cut with ShoeGoo or black rubber sealant (hardware store) if you're concerned about debris sticking in there and worsening the damage.
Was that picture taken with the tire inflated?
axebiker said:The question is this: How much are YOU willing to risk? It's in the side of the tire, which I would say is arguably more critical than the flate tread - the wall is thinner, and probably takes much abuse from flexing, cornering, compressing, etc... Replacing a tire is much cheaper than replacing/repairing body parts, or risking ruining your bike as well. Seems to me silly to ride knowingly on questionable equipment.
Do what you need to.
because roads are unforgiving. if it makes you feel any better i just got 3 screws in a now unavailable set of tires I've had on my car since january. New set here I come...andulong said:And why is it that it is Always a "NEW" tire that gets damaged? If I manage to get a couple of thousand miles on a tire I know it will last until the tread falls off. But when I put the new tire on Look Out, here comes the sidewall damage!