We've all been there - slicing a tubeless tyre that has barely touched dirt. In recent years, tyre plugs have become a lot more common, but the bacon-rasher system doesn't always feel that refined. Not only that but in my experience at least they tend to not do so well on narrower road-style tyres.
That's not to say that they don't work but in the past whilst riding on repaired tyres, I have found the plugs run the risk of being agitated and breaking the air seal. Personally, I normally consider them more of a mid-ride rescue than a long-term fix and I am not above using a standard puncture repair kit, some resin and some gorilla tape to make an airtight patch when I get home for a longer-term solution.
The new plug system for Lezyne though helps to provide a remedy. You feed the plug into the whole from the inside of the tyre. You can then use grips to seize the metal part of the insert, which is coarse to the touch to help stop pliers from slipping. Once pulled through, you remove the cover of the circular part of the plug, add some glue and pull it through entirely. You then trim off the excess from the outside.
A kit of six plugs will include three different sizes and will sell for around $16 USD. After showing these off at Eurobike last year, Lezyne has finally got them ready for market and you should see them on shelves shortly.
The Airtag tracking device is something that bicycle accessory manufacturers have picked up and run with. The art is in making it somewhere that is discreet and won't be just ripped off should the bike be stolen. We've seen various options, even including sitting inside the tyre itself, but this is Lezyne's.
They incorporate it into the bottle cage and even include an off-size key and bolts to make sure that the thief will not be able to easily remove the cage should they be wise to the tag. Although not a prevention tool, for some people devices like this may well give some peace of mind, especially if they happen to store their bike in a distant garage or communal storage. The air-tag compartment is waterproof. They also have another Airtag holder that attaches to the rails of the saddle but is slightly less discreet in my mind. It will have a retail price of $30 USD.
This pressure gauge is nothing massively new, but it now includes a 90-degree head to make it easier to use on tyres. The gauge will read up to 400PSI.
Bacon strips have always been a temporary trailside fix that you remove and put a proper tyre plug/patch on later.
This one is for the UK customers.
Bouchetrou 24pcs Universal Rubber Car Tyre Repair Patch, 6 mm Wired Mushroom Stud for Cars and Motorbikes Suitable for Repairing Holes from 4 to 6 mm amzn.eu/d/e25KPFQ
Rubber cement and sanding the surface first
And I’ve fixed plenty of tubes over time,
Sewing + normal tire/tube patches from the inside didn't hold up under hard braking, plugs were ofc too small anyways
That said, tire slashes are a different story and I can't see myself fix these with a strip. A patch from the inside would probably work as a temporary fix but as has been mentioned already, with the carcass already ripped that'd be a temporary fix too.
These plugs have been around for years, they’re available all over the internet. A pack of 24 plugs is $10 online.
I mean, look at body protection. Go look at MTB body protection, then google MX/dirtbike armor and you can often find identical protection or better at 30-50% of the price.
I found both posted on Craigslist for sale later.
On both bikes all the accessories like, bottle cage, handlebar, seat and pedals where either modified or swapped with what I assume where parts from other bikes the same people stole.
A friend of mine’s bike got stolen in San Francisco, he had an tile on it. We where able to locate the tile, got police to go to the place but they could not enter the house and therefore found nothing.
Only spooked the thiefs or what I assume where stolen bike wholesalers and the bike was never seen again.
Just get radial tire patches for $5 for a pack of 10 from Canadian tire. The bike industry is hilarious.
Befor stuffing them into the hole. generously coat them with vulcanizing glue from a patch kit. Applying them in the same way you would apply a bacon strip. Clip the ends sticking out and your tire is permanently fixed right on trail.
The little tube of glue and some rubber strips easily fit most containers like the ONE-UP EDC tool meant to hold bacon.
FYI: this is not some crazy Hack I came up with, this was the official way Hutchinson recommended when they developed the true tubeless (UST) tire-rim system. They even sold kits like that but just like the whole ust system, even though it was really really good, this way of fixing tires is mostly forgotten now.