How to Boot a Tire for Bike Maintenance

Learn how to boot a tire for bike maintenance in this free bike maintenance video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Fix Bicycle Tires

Video Transcript

I am service manager of High Road Cycles in Wayne, Pennsylvania and today we are going to learn how to boot a tire. What I mean by that is sometimes when you get a flat tire it is caused by a large hole in the side of your actual tire. If you were to put another inner tube in and bring it up to pressure, that inner tube would burst out of that hole once again. You can either call someone to come and pick you up or fix it on the spot very easily. What you are going to use is a dollar bill. Money is very interesting in that it is woven, not necessarily paper so it will hold pressure. What we are going to do is when re-installing the inner tube or new inner tube for that matter, you are going to put a folded dollar bill in front of that slash mark. What that is going to do is hold the pressure of the inner tube from bursting through the tire and get you home. However once you do get home, you want to replace the tire.

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