Bob- I think you said it as plainly as can be said. Repairing sew-ups definately has a learning curve to it. Your experience below mirrors mine quite exactly. Cheers, Dave Anderson Cut Bank MT
message dated 6/25/03 4:04 PM PST, BobHoveyGa@aol.com writes:
The important (and sometimes frustrating) part was finding the hole so that you didn't have to unstich the whole tire, just a small area around the pucture. But finding the hole could be a whole lot tougher than with a clincher tube...If the hole was large (i.e., visible in the outer part of the tire itself) or a piece of debris was still stuck in the hole, you were lucky. The cursing started when the puncture was very tiny... If you used the usual technique of dipping the tire in water to hunt for bubbles, the air wouldn't come out the hole... it always took the path of least resistance... which was around the inside of the tire and out the area around the valve stem. I finally figured out that with a couple of blocks of wood and C-clamps I could sometimes isolate the valve stem area and had a better chance of finding the leak.