Even if you ride a mountain bike with tubeless
tires, you’re not immune to sidewall tears. To get home, you would need an inner tube,
and something to brace the tear. In all cases, significant damage is a death
sentence for your tire. Anything you do to fix it is a hack designed
to get you home. A few weeks ago, Alex and I used a rubber
patch and some Gorilla tape to fix the sidewall on his road bike. We lucked out, and got to a bike shop 35 miles
away in Key Largo. We had our jankey sidewall repair to thank
for that. Today, I’m replacing the front tire on my
BMX and destroying my old one in the name of science. We’ll test these 5 hacks from 30 all the
way to 120 PSI. First we have duct tape, labeled T for tape. Alex and I did have this with us during our
trip. Next we have a standard rubber bike patch,
labeled P. This is for patching inner tubes and is held on with rubber cement. Alex and I also had this during our trip. Next, a glueless patch. To me this would be a last resort since it’s
not very rigid. It’s labeled G for glueless. Then we have a dollar bill. This is a well known hack, which I’ll demonstrate
in this video. Then finally, we have a Park Emergency Tire
Boot which is made for sidewall repairs. I labeled it B for boot, but changed it to
R for Reifenflicken! It seems that our German friends have a dedicated
word just for tire patches. Now to make some tears in the sidewall. I’m using a sharp file from my multi tool,
as sidewall tears are jagged in real life. Using a blade wouldn’t give us a realistic
tear. I’m making an effort to place and tear these
5 holes as equally as possible. Now let’s pump up the tire a bit and see
what they look like. So you can see here that the inner tube starts
to bulge out and becomes vulnerable. It also puts pressure on the tear, which could
cause it to rip more. All the holes are about equal except for the
one for the glueless patch. I don’t expect that to be very effective
anyway so we’ll just have fun with it and see what happens. First let’s install the tape. Realistically anyone doing this repair would
have a little role of it, and likely put a few layers on. I’m making sure the tape is nicely spread
out as to really hold the sidewall together. Next, the patch. This is how we repaired Alex’s tire and
it held us over. The patch feels really sturdy and the rubber
cement holds it on quite well. I have high hopes for this. Then, the the Reifenflicken, or Tire Boot. This is really sturdy and adheres impressively
to the sidewall. I also have high hopes for this. Then the glueless patch. I’m sure this will give out first, as it’s
pretty anemic and patching a slightly larger hole than the other methods. Now, I’m mounting the tire and pumping up
the tube a little, so I can slide a rolled up dollar bill in for the final hack. This needs to be done while mounting the tire
in order to stay in place. Now for little pressure. let’s do 30 PSI and take a look at our repairs. We can see the dollar bill is firmly in place,
and although the tear can flap open freely, there’s no bulging or signs of stress on
the sidewall. The tire boot is holding up quite well, as
I would expect it to. So is the patch, although there are some signs
of stress on the sidewall. Maybe that’s because the patch is rubbery
and allowed to stretch. Then we have the tape which looks pretty good,
and the glueless patch which looks like it’s ready to blow. Let’s bump the pressure up to 60 PSI and
check these again. Now things are getting a little interesting. The tape is now showing some signs of stress,
as we can see by the deformation in the tire. The patch is as well, although surprisingly
not so much worse than it was at 30 PSI. The glueless patch is just hanging on by a
thread. The dollar is clearly visible through the
hole, which is now stressed a bit more. Still there not that much deformation. The tire boot is about the same. The hole does look stressed but the tire isn’t
really deformed or bulging out. So far, the boot and the bill are in the lead. Let’s bump it up to 100 PSI, but first let’s
take the glueless patch out and replace it with a reifenflicken/Tire Boot. If we leave it as is and this thing tears
wide open the experiment will be over. What a like about this boot is that it covers
a wide area and really stays in place. We have yet to see if it performs better than
a dollar bill though. Now to give it hell. 100PSI. Alright, it looks like the tape is stressed
pretty bad, but still not bulging terribly. In terms of deformation the patch is doing
bad. You can clearly see the bulge in the tire
and it’s only a matter of time before it leads to something worse. Now this was the big glueless patch hole which
we replaced with a tire boot, and although the hole easily flaps open, there’s barely
any deformation in the tire. The smaller hole looks about the same. It’s obviously stressed around the tear,
but it’s not bulging. Then we have our one dollar bill, which is
performing every bit as good as the tire boot. This hack keeps surprising me, because it’s
just sitting there bracing the hole. Wow, just wow. A hack that actually works. What the hell. All of these look manageable so let’s step
it up to 120 and see what happens. The tire boot is clearly stressed now but
still not showing any signs of significant bulging. The same goes for the bigger hole. Although the tear is stressed it’s not bulging
all that much. The tape is quite deformed, and looking pretty
scary. My recommendation would be to use 4 layers
of tape if you’re doing this. Maybe 5. The patch is bulging worse than any of the
other hacks, and clearly it’s hanging on for dear life. I’d only recommend this as a last resort. And finally the dollar. The more I look at this the more it looks
like the dollar got the luck of the draw in terms of holes. But upon closer inspection, it’s just a
good hack. There’s a reason why so many people will
tell you this has gotten them home. Do we have reason to believe that this would
perform any better than another rolled up peice of paper? Well yes. Currency is made of very good material which
resists moisture, handling, and all sorts of stress. On a big tear I’d be more inclined to use
the boot since it sticks in place, but man the case for the dollar is pretty strong. What do you guys think? I know this experiment was far from scientific
and the holes were far from perfect, but the results were interesting enough to warrant
some more testing. What would you like to see? Have you used any of these hacks to get home
before? Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.

5 Tire Sidewall Repair Hacks, Tested
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100 thoughts on “5 Tire Sidewall Repair Hacks, Tested

  • October 22, 2018 at 2:41 am
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    Future vid idea, do a bunny hop on your bmx with 100psi tires 😂🤘

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  • October 27, 2018 at 1:48 am
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    tire max pressure is 60psi without the holes, as Seth said in his bike check for this bike

    puts 120psi in it after tearing holes in it

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  • October 28, 2018 at 8:46 pm
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    what are canadians supposed to use loonies

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  • October 30, 2018 at 1:00 pm
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    Do you have any methods for a more robust fix for sidewall tears?

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  • November 1, 2018 at 9:40 am
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    Reifenstiefel

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  • November 7, 2018 at 10:02 pm
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    dollar bill taped down with layers of tape with the tire boot over it indestructible 😂

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  • November 10, 2018 at 9:25 pm
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    Very very interesting.
    I have a couple of 1$ notes from a previous trip. Never thought they could be useful at that.
    thx. very informative.

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  • November 23, 2018 at 3:47 am
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    Bring the D.

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  • December 5, 2018 at 5:20 am
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    Wow a hack that actually works

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  • December 5, 2018 at 1:08 pm
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    Dollar Bill + Duct Tape = 👌

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  • December 10, 2018 at 4:23 am
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    If I rode a pivot, I’d use 100 dollar bills…..

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  • December 18, 2018 at 5:59 am
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    Dude imagine how well an Australian 5 dollar not would do in this. Those things are frickin indestructible!

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  • December 24, 2018 at 3:58 pm
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    I’m pretty sure that the glue less patch is just an over prices sticker.

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  • December 26, 2018 at 7:49 am
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    This is why I use flex seal

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  • January 7, 2019 at 10:58 am
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    If I hadn't watched this a year ago I probably would've walked home or spend cash I don't have today. I used a Philippine Peso bill and it got me home.

    Edit: The ride was around 10km

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  • January 7, 2019 at 5:05 pm
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    what about a dollar bill covered with tape?

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  • January 23, 2019 at 12:38 am
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    Your a lifesaver Seth

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  • January 23, 2019 at 8:21 pm
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    What happens if you ride on a tire with 120 psi

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  • January 30, 2019 at 6:46 pm
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    just use random cardboard.

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  • February 10, 2019 at 1:49 pm
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    why not taping the dollar bill

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  • February 11, 2019 at 11:25 pm
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    Is a $100 bill 100x stronger?

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  • February 17, 2019 at 6:00 am
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    Where to buy a cup suspension

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  • February 18, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    😂😂😂Laught my fucking ass of when you said Reifenflicken( im a german)

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  • February 21, 2019 at 12:26 am
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    After I watched this vid I went out on my bmx and taired the sidewall

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  • February 21, 2019 at 12:28 am
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    And I fixed it with cardboard and super glue

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  • March 1, 2019 at 3:24 am
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    I would double up the reifenflicken with the dollar

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  • March 7, 2019 at 10:49 pm
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    Hi Seth where do I get one of those Seth stickers

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  • March 8, 2019 at 9:21 pm
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    1:28: Welcome to the wonderful world of "deutsch".

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  • March 15, 2019 at 7:29 am
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    Die guten Reifenflicken haha

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  • March 16, 2019 at 5:39 pm
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    Good info to have. Thanks for doing this.

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  • March 17, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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    If US Dollar and Serbian Dinar(my country)are made from similar material it would be great..we have a 10 dinar note(about 0.12 dollars) its even cheaper 😂. We could make a tire only using bank notes and spend 20 dollars on two bank note tires 😂😂

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  • March 25, 2019 at 8:15 am
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    I got really nervous when you jacked it up to 120 psi lol

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  • March 25, 2019 at 10:59 am
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    to 1:31 this is something you can find all over the german language.
    In english you say tire patch.
    we germans just put the words for tire (Reifen) and patch (Flicken) together and form a new word. This works basically for every combination of two or more words you can combine in a way that makes sense.

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  • March 26, 2019 at 7:50 pm
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    wow, just wow

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  • March 29, 2019 at 1:42 am
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    I have a sidewall puncture from a thorn, and I’m trying to transition to tubeless. Would a simple patch suffice? Again, puncture, not a tear. But it is on the sidewall.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 11:12 am
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    Make a 24 hour completion of Seth speaking German…,please

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  • April 13, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    2:44 you forgot to take the plastic peice off

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  • April 20, 2019 at 6:52 pm
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    This video has changed my life. I will always have a dollar in my bike bag

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  • April 28, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    What kind of BMX do you have, I’m interested in buying one

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  • April 29, 2019 at 1:40 am
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    I know this comment is late, but I wonder how Canadian currency would work to brace the side wall. It’s made from plastic witch is different than the American bill. Could be interesting!

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  • May 2, 2019 at 1:36 pm
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    Hello im german and "reifen flicken" is the Verb for Destroy a puncture

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  • May 3, 2019 at 3:48 pm
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    a blade s legit, unbelievably my bmx rear tire got slashed…who slashes bike tires…pretty sure I kno who did it, was not a sketch situation or scenario….

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  • May 3, 2019 at 3:54 pm
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    dollar bill is good, section of an old tire works too..as with using old tubes for patch rubber, a lot of satisfaction racking up miles on a multi patched tube, with a brand new one as a back up

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  • May 4, 2019 at 1:27 pm
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    Who is from Germany?🙋‍♂️ LMAO when you tried to spell Reifenflicken😂

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  • May 7, 2019 at 9:56 am
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    dolla bill ya'll!

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  • May 8, 2019 at 8:00 am
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    we germanz havz a lotz of tha words for tha things you FAHRRADMENSCH!

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  • May 10, 2019 at 12:43 am
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    how about australian notes?

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  • May 12, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    Scary Stress

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  • May 12, 2019 at 10:15 am
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    Your vids are littttt

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  • May 13, 2019 at 4:15 am
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    I've had a dollar hold for nearly a year before. It crumbled when I removed it. You can even get away with receipt paper if you fold it several times and don't get it wet.

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  • May 14, 2019 at 8:39 am
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    Have stuffed a flexible plastic coupon card between a tare and the inner tube. Got me around 100 km until it broke and I felt like replacing the tire

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  • May 14, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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    The dollar got me home Lol

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  • May 14, 2019 at 10:20 pm
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    Sdd

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  • May 16, 2019 at 10:31 pm
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    Was riding a century and blew a hole in my sidewall. I used a GU wrapper to brace it and it rode the rest of the 70 or so miles. Would like to see a gel wrapper tested

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  • May 18, 2019 at 9:30 am
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    Did anyone els notice that the length of the vedio is 747 (Boeing fans will understand)

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  • May 18, 2019 at 8:33 pm
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    Dollar + tape

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  • May 18, 2019 at 10:52 pm
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    i like saving money so i do patch then multiple layers of duct tape- then ride the tyre untill the tread wears out. It works very well, even going as far as aston hill bike park without breaking down. I now have new tyres thank god 😂😂

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  • May 29, 2019 at 4:14 am
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    Great video! Though, I would've liked to see you ride around on them a bit to see how the tire deformation from normal riding would affect the fixes.

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  • May 30, 2019 at 5:00 am
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    Well actually, in German, you can kinda jam words together. Reifen meaning tire and flicken meaning boot

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  • June 3, 2019 at 12:36 am
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    Hell if you want the dollar to stick just put tape on it

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  • June 4, 2019 at 10:59 am
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    Dubai rich kids be like
    hold my dads oil and im gonna fix my golden mtbs sidewall with a 500 euro bill!

    (as expensive as 500 dollars)

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  • June 4, 2019 at 10:50 pm
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    Now we need a showdown between a Tyvek envelope and a dollar bill.

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  • June 5, 2019 at 10:56 am
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    I did cause this dude cut our tire while my friend and I where at the pool so we watched this video and used our ice cream money to patch it to get home

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  • June 6, 2019 at 3:00 am
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    I think the stiffness and surface area of the dollar bill helps it a lot

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  • June 8, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    ´reifenflicken´:D:D

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  • June 8, 2019 at 9:23 pm
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    Which is a good helmet month bikes?

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  • June 11, 2019 at 7:27 pm
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    Anyone german here? Ich liebe Reifenflicken…

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  • June 11, 2019 at 8:30 pm
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    Does it runs with Euros too?

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  • June 13, 2019 at 12:58 am
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    electrical tape

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  • June 14, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    Man, thank you, I'm planning to use the R guy for my road tyres, unfortunately I'm not american so I cannot use the one-dollar hack. Really appreciate!

    Do you think they could last for the rest of the tyre life (I suppose 2000 km with pressure around 8bars)?

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  • June 18, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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    Oh man that's funny.
    Im from Germany and i like the way you spell it.
    Love your vids

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  • June 19, 2019 at 6:52 am
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    Kinda hoped to see Flex Tape in the experiment

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  • June 25, 2019 at 11:10 pm
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    a $1 bill on the non adhesive side of the boot would likely prevent it from bulging

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  • July 1, 2019 at 9:03 pm
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    but what if you're running tubeless?

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  • July 2, 2019 at 5:49 am
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    gotta try the energy gel "gu" packet as well I've had good success with those

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  • July 3, 2019 at 2:18 pm
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    If you forced the patch with a roller it would have been the best because I blew mine at 140 psi and it is a tin tire + was still good as new… But still good video!

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  • July 6, 2019 at 10:01 am
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    The dollar hack is only good till you ride in wet conditions. Then…

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  • July 9, 2019 at 10:35 pm
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    This is on my innertube but i used some rubber cement and gorlia tape and its been on my tube for a year bc i forgot

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  • July 13, 2019 at 4:04 am
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    How about Canadian Dollars

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  • July 15, 2019 at 8:47 pm
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    WoW! I'm going to have to buy some dollars!!!

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  • July 17, 2019 at 5:57 pm
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    I never had laugjed that hard as he said Reifenflicken

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  • July 19, 2019 at 8:30 am
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    Love your vids

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  • July 19, 2019 at 11:58 am
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    Wer kommt noch aus deutschlandd

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  • July 21, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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    THANK YOU THAT HELPED ME

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  • July 22, 2019 at 2:13 am
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    thanks for this video

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  • July 23, 2019 at 3:42 am
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    I think the glue patch was the best it preformed the best out of all of them and I would trust my life on it

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  • July 23, 2019 at 8:48 pm
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    Maybe someone can answer my question? Thanks in advance.

    So, in case I don't have tubless tires and I would try to do manual, jumping with bike etc, then I have much greater chance to change my tubes and/or tires often or these skills/actions don't have significant role to tubes and/or tires damage?

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  • July 27, 2019 at 2:09 pm
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    Poor glueless patch. Everyone hates him

    I love you glueless patch

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  • July 27, 2019 at 2:57 pm
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    me and my brother were riding a bike on a gravel trail and the bottom of his tire RIPED in half

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  • August 2, 2019 at 9:08 am
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    How about a glob of hot melt glue ?

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  • August 4, 2019 at 2:07 am
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    Loved the video. Interesting!

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  • August 4, 2019 at 8:25 pm
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    Reifenflicken means Repair a tire

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  • August 5, 2019 at 7:01 pm
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    Iron on knee patch cut to size held in place with glue

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  • August 5, 2019 at 10:55 pm
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    Canadian bills are better 😉 plastic, rip-proof and waterproof

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  • August 7, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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    Just bike with no tire on. If I could do it you could too

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  • August 9, 2019 at 11:07 am
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    Well, we Germans have a word for everything, because it's possible to mix every noun with each other to create a long word

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  • August 10, 2019 at 3:30 am
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    I’ve used the “who cares if I damage my rim, I’ll ride home with a flat” that’s my method

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  • August 10, 2019 at 3:29 pm
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    I've got an old Schwinn 24" S6 tire (hard to find), that had a 3 inch bulge balloon out, like a tumor. So, thanks, for the various hack suggestions, and stress tests. I'll try some glue, then some 4" length of fabric, then about 4 layers of tape. Wish me luck.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:50 pm
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    I think the 3 tire patches aren't "hacks" but ok

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  • August 12, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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    We have a word for everything her in germany, because everything is well organized and structrured

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